Republicans against Charles Freeman don’t know nothing ’bout no Jewish lobbying:
Republicans on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence said pro-Israel lobby groups did not spur their opposition to Charles Freeman.
Rep. Alcee Hastings (D-Fla.), a senior member of the House intelligence panel, also denied that the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) was involved in derailing Freeman’s appointment to head the National Intelligence Council.
Freeman, picked by Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair for the prestigious post, withdrew the day after seven Republican members of the Senate Intelligence Committee signed a letter to Blair protesting his appointment.
In an email to reporters, he blamed the “Israel lobby” for the derailment of his appointment.
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla), a member of the Intelligence Committee, who signed the letter to Blair, said activities by pro-Israel lobbyists “had nothing to do with his opposition.
“When you see someone make those kind of statements that’s going to be in that position and was unqualified to be there in the first place — it was the wrong appointment,” said Coburn.
Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.), the vice chairman of the Intelligence panel, said Freeman’s accusations against pro-Israel lobbying groups were off base.
“Unfortunately Ambassador Freeman is suffering from some kind of delusion. I think a lot of people objected to his previous statements regardless of any lobbying.”
Bond said he did not receive any contact from AIPAC and said he had not even heard of two Jewish groups that came out against Freeman’s nomination: the Zionist Organization of America and the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.
Additionally none of the Senators can remember ever casting a vote that might help a contributor and, that time when they got caught in a public restroom with an undercover cops dick in their mouth… well, they were bending over to pick up a dropped twenty dollar bill and the aforementioned dick just kind of fell into their mouth.
Weird, huh? Happens all the time…