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Connecticut US Senate Candidate Lee Whitnum Calls Opponent “Whore” for Israel Lobby During Televised Debate

Whitnum: brave, honest, stupid… or all of the above?

A Connecticut author running for US Senate shocked viewers of a live televised debate Thursday when she called one of her opponents a “whore” for his support for the nation’s most influential pro-Israel lobby group.

According to NBC Connecticut, Lee Whitnum’s inflammatory remark came during last evening’s Democratic debate. The Greenwich author, who admits that some of her ideas will anger voters, attacked US Rep. Chris Murphy over his support for Israel.

“I am dealing with whore here, who sells his soul to AIPAC,” Whitnum bravely (some would say stupidly) said, referring to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, an absurdly powerful Zionist lobby group sometimes accused of being more loyal to the Jewish state than to the United States.

Whitnum continued her put-down, accusing Murphy of  saying “anything for the job.”

She continued: “What I would like to propose is a prosecution of settlers here, American settlers, who go to Israel and maim or kill in the Promised Land. Since 2000, 66,000 of the indigenous culture have been killed, many of them by American settlers. This is viewed all over the Middle East and we are hated for this worldwide.”

Whitnum’s verbal attack raised eyebrows, both for her crude language and for her denunciation of AIPAC, settlers and Israeli policies and actions . Criticism of Israel is widely considered the “third rail” of US politics, tantamount to political suicide. Indeed, it is easier to be critical of Israel as a member of that country’s parliament than it is to oppose Israeli policies and actions as a US politician.

Rep. Murphy didn’t take the insult lying down. Pointing out that he supported the inclusion of all candidates in the debates, he said he might reconsider his stance in light of Whitnum’s inappropriate (to him) commentary.

“I advocated for all candidates to be a part of these debates,” he said. “I might think twice about that with that kind of awful language being used on the airwaves.”

That Whitnum’s comments caused more of a stink than the very real crimes against humanity being committed by Israel, or the fact that US aid (around $3 billion annually) encourages and enables those crimes is quite telling. Whitnum also has a valid point concerning AIPAC, a group that wields so much power and uses it to whip US politicians into towing the lobby’s line regarding Israel. For example, as a presidential candidate, Barack Obama looked like he might bring a refreshing change in policy towards the long-suffering Palestinians. “Nobody is suffering more than the Palestinian people,” he said in 2007. But then AIPAC got a hold of him and he quickly changed his tune, promising his full support for the Jewish state and publicly proclaiming that Jerusalem was the “undivided capital” of Israel at an AIPAC event.

Although AIPAC does not directly contribute money to candidates’ campaigns, it keeps tabs on how US politicians vote on matters regarding Israel and many question the high level of influence the group wields in the halls of power. It is certainly the most powerful lobby group that supports a foreign country. Members of the group have been accused of spying on the United States for Israel, and that AIPAC is more loyal to the latter than the former is a common allegation leveled against the group.

View more videos at: http://nbcconnecticut.com.

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One Comment

  1. Dave EvansApril 7, 2012 at 11:25 pmReply

    There was nothing wrong with Lee Whitnum’s performance, in fact her courage and outspokenness is just what is needed in a House and Senate full of double-speaking equivocators who avoid uncomfortable truth for political expedience! For far too long OUR Representatives have been pandering to and cowed by the Israeli Lobby, sending billions of OUR tax dollars to aid Israel in its numerous war crimes and land theft operations:

    http://www.alanhart.net/the-best-congress-aipac-can-buy/

    http://whatreallyhappened.com/WRHARTICLES/mapstellstory.html

    http://www.ifamericansknew.org/stats/stauffer.html

    Lee Whitnum, when elected, will cease allowing Israel to continue making enemies for the US, while she, unlike most current US legislators, puts American interests ahead of the interests of a foreign state.

    She has my vote!

    David Evans,
    Former Sergeant, USMC

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