Joe Sestak has stopped by with a diary
. In light of this event, I thought I would like to share with everyone some recent articles on Curt Weldon. First, The Curt Weldon Employment Agency
:With Weldon's help, an AgustaWestland partnership with LockheedMartin beat out a bid from United Technologies Corp., which had been favored.(...)
One job at AgustaWestland has been filled by Weldon's daughter, Kim.(...)
It doesn't stop there. Weldon's twenty-something daughter Karen was once hired by Boeing, one of the congressman's major campaign donors, and later became a high-powered lobbyist who built her company on her father's connections (a story I reported with a colleague in the February 20, 2004, L.A. Times
). Weldon "family friend" and realtor-turned-lobbyist Cecelia Grimes was retained by Oto Melara
, yet another subsidiary of Finmeccanica, and by several other firms with close ties to the congressman as well. Given all of this, Kim Weldon's new job looks less like an overwhelming coincidence and more like the continuation of a proud Weldon family tradition.
Next, Loony Weldon Thinks CIA Is Out To Get Him
:Veteran Rep. Curt Weldon has a proclivity for calling out shady government doings that have him in mind as a principal target. A year ago, for example, after the No. 2 Republican on the House Armed Services Committee published "Countdown to Terror," a frontal assault on the CIA's track record before Sept. 11, he claimed that Clinton administration veterans with ties to the agency were out to get him.
So it's not surprising that as Weldon girds for the most difficult re-election bid during his two decades representing the Philadelphia suburbs, his campaign is alleging that the CIA is probably abetting the opposition. Last month, his campaign manager Michael Puppio Jr. announced that Weldon's expected Democratic opponent, Joe Sestak, a former Navy vice admiral, had taken campaign contributions from Mary McCarthy, the CIA operative recently fired for allegedly leaking secret information to the media. McCarthy, who was specifically accused of being a source for The Washington Post's Pulitzer Prize-winning story on secret CIA prisons overseas, has denied that charge through her lawyer.
The media also has raised suspicions in the Weldon camp. The reporter on the Post article, Dana Priest, wrote a piece last year about Weldon's book that the congressman viewed as critical.
It's just a question of following the money, says Puppio. "What's a CIA analyst doing giving money to a partisan political candidate?" he asks. "I'm not sure she violated any laws, but then when that analyst is alleged to have leaked information to a reporter who in turn is extremely critical of Curt Weldon, that raises some big questions."
They are coming to get you Weldon. By "you" I mean, the voters in your lean-Dem district.Volunteer for Joe SestakContribute to Joe Sestak