Lee Whitnum Leaves the Democratic Party

For Immediate Release May 14, 2012        
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US Senate candidate Lee Whitnum rejects Connecticut Democratic Party – vows to stay in the race for the US senate.
Charges Murphy and Malloy with pandering to a constituent group
Lee Whitnum, is leaving the Democratic Party but will continue her candidacy for US senate. She blames Governor Malloy and Congressman Murphy for lying to the people to pander to the ultra conservative branch of the Jewish community.   Whitnum also sites repeated bias by Chairwoman Nancy DiNardo as a contributing factor.
“I’ve had enough, I’m leaving the Connecticut Democratic Party.  I can’t be in a party where two of the highest representatives in the party namely Governor Malloy and Congressman Murphy lie to the people about the real reason why we went to the Iraq war. Pandering to a constituent group is not leadership,” said Whitnum.
Whitnum claims she filed a lawsuit against Governor Malloy and called Congressman Murphy a “whore” for the same reason – after they both attacked her for talking about the Neoconservatives’ role in pushing the US toward unnecessary war and the fact that the Neoconservatives were following Netanyahu’s ‘Clean Break’ manifesto.
“Discrediting me is one thing but I am not going to let them lie to the people,“ said Whitnum.  “…that is unacceptable behavior.”
Whitnum had a very public spat with Congressman Murphy during the April 9, 2012 debate calling him a “whore” and accused his of pandering to AIPAC after he called her a liar for stating:  ‘A handful of people, the Neoconservatives, played us into unnecessary war for Israel. ”
“I stand by those words because my stands are well documented, the Neoconservatives followed Richard Pearle’s well publicized manifesto for Mr. Netanyahu, ‘Clean Break: A New Strategy for Securing the Realm‘ It was a publication that came out of the Neoconservative think tank, “Project for the New American Century” said Whitnum who stated similar words during her 2008 Congressional run. “It is all fact.”
It was those words that angered a group of conservative rabbis which prompted then Mayor Malloy, pressured by the rabbis, to call a press conference to discredit Whitnum. Malloy stated that Whitnum was “deranged” and “anti-Semitic.” Malloy’s press conference, which was televised, aired over the local televisions stations
“It is an old trick,” said Whitnum. “Discredit the messenger and you discredit the message. I made issue of it because I will not let these politicians lie to the people. Not when our kids are dying.”
“Excuse me for reading, the Neoconservative role in the taking down of Iraq is common knowledge in the intellectual community,” said Whitnum citing Thomas Friedman, Stephen Walt, Paul Krugman.*  (See below)
The Malloy case was dropped last month on a technicality because Whitnum had failed to file a document.  Whitnum claims she has four months to resume the case and that she is still thinking about it whether she will continue or not.
Whitnum is also filing a lawsuit against Nancy DiNardo and the Democratic State Central Committee. She blames her departure, in part, on Nancy DiNardo for maligning her.  “Okay so she never liked my candidacy fine, that doesn’t give her license to lie about me and malign me.” 
It is an issue that Whitnum takes seriously.  “She cost me $4,000 in 2010 when she circulated a letter about me to the delegates. There was a lie and I’m going to make issue of it.” said Whitnum who is planning on filing a lawsuit.
DiNardo circulated a letter to those delegates which stated that Whitnum has been informed of the venue location a fact that proved to be untrue during the Dispute Resolution Hearing.  
“Not true,” said Whitnum.  “She can state a preference, she can even be biased, but she cannot lie about events that did not happens.  I had not been informed.”
Whitnum also filed an injunction against Denise Merrill, at the Secretary of State’s office for what she claims were a series of questions about election law that went unanswered.  But she has since withdrawn her case because her questions are being answered.  “I suddenly began getting questions answered,“ said Whitnum. 
Whitnum has not announced under which party banner she will be continuing her senate race.  “All will be revealed.”     ###
*    Quotes:
As the New York Times’ Thomas Friedman told Ha’aretz in May 2003: ‘Iraq was the war neoconservatives wanted… the war the neoconservatives marketed…. I could give you the names of 25 people (all of whom are at this moment within a five-block radius of this office [in Washington]) who, if you had exiled them to a desert island a year and half ago, the Iraq war would not have happened.’
Stephen Walt who wrote the Israel Lobby and US Foreign Policy, “’The remarkable thing about the Iraq war is how few people it took to engineer. It wasn’t promoted by the U.S. military, the CIA, the State Department, or oil companies. Instead, the main architects were a group of well-connected neoconservatives, who began openly lobbying for war during the Clinton administration…
Patrick Porter:  The Neocons were central actors in supplying the Bush II Administration to war in Iraq. Who knows? Applying the counterfactual, it may be that without the organised, persistent and networked influence exerted by  well-connected figures such as Richard Perle, David Frum or Paul Wolfowitz, America would be trillions of dollars, thousands of soldiers and nine years of fatigue better off, that hundreds of thousands would not be dead, and Iran would not be the dominant regional power in the Gulf.

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