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Voter's Guide to Lee Whitnum

by: mikect

Wed Jun 25, 2008 at 07:37:01 AM EDT


Now that Lee Whitnum has gathered enough petition signatures to force a Fourth Congressional District primary against endorsed Democrat Jim Himes, voters are faced with a weighty choice about which candidate to support.  To introduce her to uninitiated readers who have not been haunting the sidebar at MLN, here's an introduction to Ms. Whitnum that gathers together some of the numerous fascinating and peculiar details of her life and viewpoints that have thus far been flung widely across the internets.

This overview covers multiple aspect of her life and personalities:

  • John Kerry and Hedge Fund Mistress.  Her first claim to fame - the use of a personal relationship with John Kerry to sell books.
  • The anti-blogger. Her antagonistic encounters and misadventures with bloggers.
  • Her campaigning skills.  And the lack thereof.
  • Her issues and Nazi conspiracies.  Calling her opponent a Nazi, and her other issues.
  • Racism and immigration.  Her views on immigration, her racial rhetoric, and her reliance on information from racist hate groups.
  • Her fundraising.  And the lack thereof.
  • The many faces of Lee Whitnum.  Her multiple incarnations.

See below for the full story and add your own Whitnum stories in the comments.

mikect :: Voter's Guide to Lee Whitnum
John Kerry and Hedge Fund Mistress
Lee Whitnum is a former software engineer who currently works as a substitute teacher for the Stamford schools and lives in Greenwich.  She first achieved her 15 minutes of national fame in August 2004.  On her Web site, she posted photos and reminiscences of her purported 20-month romance with John Kerry in an effort to help sell pre-orders of her novel, Hedge Fund Mistress.  The John Kerry Scrapbook, released during Kerry's Presidential campaign, was an instant hit for blogs and gossip columns.

She dished out intimate details of the relationship to news media, informing a New York Daily News gossip columnist, "All I can tell you is that John is 100% male" and he was "great in bed."

John would whisper French phrases in my ear. I would say, "Speak to me in French!" and so he'd do it. I don't know what he was saying. I don't speak French.

Her marketing campaign earned her hundreds of negative e-mails, causing her to remove the Kerry scrapbook. (It was archived by others.  Oddly, on her replacement page, she insists the original page never had photos of Kerry at a podium or tree planting, which it demonstrably did.)  But she was much more upset about the fact that she didn't sell any books.

Perhaps this was a bad idea.   No one is even buying any books.  So what is the point?
[....]
I'm dealing with the reality that I had 16,000 hits and absolutely zero book orders.   I realized that this was an experiment that did not work.
[....]
All those nice media people who called and wanted to put me on tv. Thank you. That was kind of you but if doesn't sell books and it exposes me to universal scorn with absolutely no benefit, then what is the point?

She not only used her personal relationship with John Kerry to try to sell her book, she used the relationship to write the book, which she penned under the name "Lee Roystone."  In the novel, her alter ego, Nikki Matthews, has an affair with a Democratic Massachusetts Senator who later runs for President (Nikki refers to him as a "caveman" in bed).  The lead character picks up and moves to Greenwich Connecticut.  She now insists the book was not autobiographical, though the authenticity of at least the Kerry-inspired chapter was central to her sales pitch in 2004.

"The events in the chapter are all true," said Miss Roystone, 42, last week. "I don't think there's anything derogatory or pornographic there, but I have told the story as it was."

On the latest cover design for her novel she excerpts a few words from what is probably the only published "review" of the book: "...readers are treated to an 'insider' account..."  But this is the full quote:

Although her Mills and Boon writing style will not win rave reviews, readers are treated to an "insider" account of the senator's bachelor days.

Defending her novel against those who have described it as erotic fiction, Whitnum has repeatedly insisted it is a "mainstream novel."  Indeed, one can't help but be moved by the subtle poetry and emotional nuance of her writing:

He leaned over me, and I whacked his bare buttocks. I kept it up until his backside was streaked with red and he grunted in pain each time I brought the whip down.

On the day she got media coverage for her Kerry Scrapbook, her Yahoo Web hosting account was shut down for eight hours, perhaps because of the high traffic.  She later sued Yahoo for $125,000 for book sales that she claimed she lost during this eight-hour period.  (Given that she was complaining about zero book sales when her site was up, it's unclear how she calculated this estimate.)  In her legal complaint, she charged that Yahoo was trying to silence her for political reasons.

I think that the shut down was politically motivated to "protect" John Kerry and thus was willful wrongdoing, discrimination and a violation of my free speech rights.

Just last September, the court dismissed her lawsuit and found that Whitnum "has not alleged any facts in support of these conclusions."



The anti-blogger

Lee Whitnum has repeatedly expressed hostility - verbal and legal - toward numerous bloggers.  After a local blogger made some critical comments about Whitnum's history, the blogger received an e-mail from "Marianne Cook, Esq.," acting on behalf of the Whitnum campaign and asking the blogger to contact her.  However, there does not appear to be any lawyer by that name practicing in Connecticut, and the e-mail was sent from Whitnum's own e-mail address.  Cook also appears as a "reviewer" of Whitnum's novel.  Whitnum has repeatedly refused to explain the incident.

When she decided to run for Congress, she preferred that evidence of her past behavior should disappear, so she asked the national WizBang and GalleyCat blogs (among others) to delete their references to the Kerry/Hedge Fund Mistress incident.  When GalleyCat declined, she responded:

"No one is interested in your site or me," she responded over the next few emails. "Other sites, more known than yours, have agreed to remove it."

When the Wizbang blog refused, they received a letter this Februrary ostensibly from an attorney named Philomene Gates threatening legal action unless a two paragraph excerpt from the Hedge Fund Mistress site was immediately deleted.  The author of the letter introduced numerous spelling, punctuation, and grammatical errors in a mere four sentences.  In an emerging pattern, there does not appear to be any such lawyer practicing in New York State, though the reference may be to an elderly retiree.

If this is the lawyer, then she got her law degree 66 years ago, and is currently about 90 years old.  Makes the third-grade level writing in the letter even more amusing.

Whitnum has also asked MLN to remove all references to anything she ever said.  How she plans to remove references to her in the Washington Post, Boston Herald, and New York Daily News is not known.

She has not taken kindly to local bloggers who document or question her behavior, repeatedly calling them "sleazy," "losers," "cowards," and "pathetic."  (More here.)

She has also made blog posts as Masked Man and other personas, praising herself and attacking her critics, a practice known as sock puppetry.

She told a blogger who reported meeting her that he lied about ever encountering her.  Despite numerous first person reports to the contrary and many exchanges archived on multiple blogs, she has issued a blanket denial that she has ever had a conversation with any blogger anywhere.

Conversations bloggers claimed they had with me never happened. I don't know these people.



Her campaigning skills

Ms. Whitnum has not had much success in gathering supporters to her cause, particularly among Democratic activists.

Whitnum has done little to earn the good graces of Connecticut's Democratic leaders; no delegates voted for her at the district's May 12 nominating convention.

Whitnum thinks little of earning the support of these politicos. In the nine months since she first considered a run for office, she didn't seek any endorsements and, as of this week, could not point to any elected officials who champion her.

She did not make favorable impressions at her visits to the Fairfield or Greenwich Democratic Town Committee meetings.

She reported having only five volunteers for her campaign and was joined by only one supporter at the press conference where she launched her primary campaign.

Yet, after Jim Himes received the Democratic endorsement, when she had trouble gathering the required signatures to petition her way onto the primary ballot, she sent an urgent appeal to Democratic Town Committee chairs asking them to spread the word and recruit volunteers for her signature gathering.

Several of the bloggers whom she has berated are also Congressional convention delegates, Democratic town committee members and party activists.  This has led to awkward encounters in which she tells them how much she hates them as she asks for their help, requests their endorsements as she sends threatening e-mails, insults them as she pleads "send me a check," and leaves angry voice mails as she asks for support.

She is also said to have called a local reporter at 5 a.m. to shout profanities and tell him that he was ruining her life.



Her issues and Nazi conspiracies

A major motivation for Whitnum's campaign is her obvious dislike of Democratic nominee Jim Himes.

"He's a total party boy," Ms. Whitnum said. "He doesn't blow his nose without permission from the Democratic Party."

Indeed, she thinks Himes has much in common with fascist mass murderers.  She posted her most famous screed, "Jim Himes Nazi Connecticut," both on MLN and on her own Web site (she deleted the latter post).

I went to bed a congressional candidate and I woke up to find myself in Jim Himes' version of Nazi, Germany; the powerful Himes has completely sown up the Internet media in my state.  How did he do it?  He wined and dined bloggers and reporters in his big Greenwich house.

She later reassured the Greenwich Time that she was not actually calling Himes a Nazi, just accusing him of creating a Nazi state.  By talking to bloggers.  Because that's just what the Nazis did.  They chatted up bloggers.  Plus the genocide thing.

Given her enmity toward Himes, some have questioned whether she is interested in defeating or re-electing Congressman Chris Shays.  While she often complains that Himes takes no stand on issues, she appears more interested in attacking Himes than discussing her own views or challenging Shays.

When asked about her key issues, Whitnum instead insulted Himes several times during an interview with The Hour.  Compared to her remarks on Himes, Whitnum has far less negative things to say about Shays.

"I don't have a problem with Chris Shays, except that he voted for the war in Iraq and he voted for Kyl-Lieberman," - an amendment interpreted by some Democrats as setting the stage for a war with Iran - Whitnum said. "... Other than that, I kind of like Chris Shays."

Republicans would appear to be one natural ally for her, and at least one of her handful of petition volunteers was recently registered as a Republican.

She condemns neoconservatives but calls paleoconservative, Nixon apologist, and Reagan fan Pat Buchanan one of her heroes.  She talks a populist line, calling herself "the people's candidate," but prefers health care legislation pushed by the business lobby.

She is not likely to endear herself to female voters, since she wants to restrict women's control of their bodies.

On the issue of abortion, she said that she did not support banning the procedure, but wanted to curtail access.  "I've seen a lot of abuses in my life," she said of abortion.

She feels strongly about recycling, and, as a substitute teacher, was very upset that a principal at a school where she worked in Greenwich had failed to provide a recycling bin in the cafeteria.  Committed to effective action, she went straight to the top to complain, sending a letter to State Department of Education Commissioner Betty Sternberg and posting the letter on her campaign Web site.

Perhaps my weeks of gentle prodding will pay off.  I'll believe it when I see it.  [....] Maybe she'll finally recycle now eleven months after she should have been doing it.  We will see if it ever happens - if it does it never would have happened without my prodding. My impression was that this woman does not care at all about doing the right thing and she resented, strongly, my bringing it up.  There are two kinds of people in the world - those who give a damn and those who do not. We deserve better at our schools.

Character matters, especially when it comes to our children. I feel Ms. [X]'s actions speak volumes about her character [....].  Her behavior should not go unnoted.



Racism and immigration

Next to her dislike of Himes and bloggers, Whitnum's real passion is the issue of immigration, particularly the undocumented.  The Fairfield Weekly, which nominated Whitnum as one of their top clowns of 2007, was puzzled about her position of requiring the mass deportation of millions of people.

[Whitnum] doesn't have a platform so much as a list of pet peeves. "Illegal immigrants who refuse to register as taxpayers by a certain date must be rounded up and deported," she writes on her site. [....] "Register as taxpayers" with who? ICE?

She's also angry about legal immigrants (though she doesn't always get her math straight about the impact of work visas).

She's sick of all the H-1B visas given to specifically qualified foreign workers; she has a hard time finding work these days and collaborated on her last software project with a bunch of Chinese and Indian dudes, she griped to us.

Whitnum seems to think immigrants are at the root of America's problems:

The United States functioned just fine before we were overrun with illegals bankrupting our hospitals and straining our infrastructure.

She even criticized Jim Himes (who spent some years in Latin America) for recording a holiday message in Spanish in a Web video.

I do take a hard stand on illegal and some of the legal immigration. Meanwhile Himes is posting Spanish videos on Youtube.com greeting them.

The implication?  Spanish speaking people can't be citizens and should be shunned.

On her Web site, Whitnum made what appeared to be a crude racial appeal as the candidate who would restore the rule of the White majority (her text has since been deleted from her site):

"...77% of the people of this district are White, 51% are female, the last census confirmed that single women outnumber married woman for the first time in history. Therefore, I represent the majority...we want our country back."

She reportedly also made racial references in a Democratic Town Committee presentation.

Some of the organizational sources she has relied upon to develop her views on immigration have been identified as racist hate groups by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and the Anti-Defamation League, both well-known for tracking these groups.  She cites the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which has close ties to white supremacists, including the Council of Conservative Citizens, which has described blacks as a "retrograde species of humanity."


(Her URL redirects visitors to the FAIR site, which I will not link to.)

The Anti-Defamation League has also documented FAIR's racist connections, particularly those of founder and Board member John Tanton:

He publishes The Social Contract, an anti-immigration journal whose Website links to a number of extremist sites, including: VDare, a Website that publishes racist, anti-Semitic, and anti-immigrant articles authored by extremists; American Border Patrol, the virulently anti-Hispanic border vigilante group whose leader, Glenn Spencer, claimed that the Mexican government is "sponsoring the invasion of the United States with hostile intent".... [...]

An article in the Spring 2007 issue of The Social Contract lauds Sam Francis, a deceased white supremacist, as a "formidable and articulate champion." Tanton remains on the FAIR Board of Directors. In 1997, Tanton told the Detroit Free Press that if the borders are not secured, America will be overrun by people "defecating and creating garbage and looking for jobs."

The SPLC also reports:

FAIR has long been marked by anti-Latino and anti-Catholic attitudes. It has mixed this bigotry with a fondness for eugenics, the idea of breeding better humans discredited by its Nazi associations. It has accepted $1.2 million from an infamous, racist eugenics foundation. It has employed officials in key positions who are also members of white supremacist groups. Recently, it has promoted racist conspiracy theories about Mexico's secret designs on the American Southwest and an alternative theory alleging secret plans to merge the United States, Mexico and Canada. Just last February, a senior FAIR official sought "advice" from the leaders of a racist Belgian political party.

Whitnum quotes the Center for Immigration Studies, a stepchild of John Tanton and FAIR:

Tanton is the puppeteer behind this entire movement. [...]  It's been clear since 1988, when a series of embarrassing internal memos by Tanton and Roger Conner [who was then executive director of FAIR] were leaked to the press, what the overall strategy is. [...]  The blueprint envisaged creating a whole array of organizations that serve the overall ideological and political battle plan to halt immigration - even if some of these groups have somewhat differing politics.

They camouflage the links between these organizations, their true origins, so that they appear to have arisen spontaneously. But in fact they have the same creator, Tanton. [....]
FAIR's tax records established that the Center for Immigration Studies, which has become an influential Washington institution, was spun off from FAIR as a separate organization.

The memos from Tanton and Connor confirm that the Center is a creation of FAIR.

To expand our fund-raising market, we created the Center for Immigration Studies last year. We need to get CIS fully funded and entrenched as a major Washington think-tank, one that can venture into issues which FAIR is not yet ready to raise.

Finally, for her immigrant deportation policy, she turns to the National Policy Institute, which more openly uses white supremacist rhetoric and is described by the Anti-Defamation League as a racist think tank.  It has described its mission and work as an attempt:

"to elevate the consciousness of whites, ensure our biological and cultural continuity, and protect our civil rights. The institute ... will study the consequences of the ongoing influx that non-Western populations pose to our national identity."  In an August 2005 speech to the Chicagoland Friends of American Renaissance [....], [Institute founder William] Regnery warned that "within the first or secondhand memories of people in this room, the white race may go from master of the universe to an anthropological curiosity."

On the Board of the National Policy Institute is Jared Taylor, editor of the American Renaissance journal, which:

...published an article by race scientist Richard Lynn [...] under the title "Race and the Psychopathic Personality" that argued that blacks "are more psychopathic than whites" and suffer from a "personality disorder" characterized by a poverty of feeling, lack of shame, pathological lying and so on. After Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, the magazine ratcheted up its customary attacks on blacks, particularly in an error-ridden essay by Taylor that said the hurricane "was an excuse [for blacks] to loot, rob, rape and kill." American Renaissance, based in Taylor's home in Oakton, Va., also publishes frequent articles on the discredited field of eugenics -- selective breeding to improve human genetic stock.

OK, nuff said.

In regards to Whitnum's talking points, undocumented immigrants are ineligible for the federal benefits she describes and her arguments are largely based on myths.



Fundraising

Whitnum's challenges in gathering supporters have been matched by her difficulty in gathering contributions.  As of the first quarter of 2008, Whitnum had raised only $200 in contributions (or perhaps only $100 - her reports are difficult to interpret) and loaned herself $5,000.  Himes had raised $1.4 million, an advantage of approximately 27,000 percent.

In keeping with her one-woman campaign tradition, she acts as her own campaign treasurer.  (She also identifies herself in a report as "Lisa 'Lee' Whitnum.")  She has had trouble filing campaign finance reports that follow the Federal Elections Commission rules that all other candidates in the country are required to follow.  Her practices have included:

  • filing a report months after the deadline,
  • failing to file required reports (eg, a pre-convention report that has still not been submitted),
  • failing to report for the required quarterly periods (eg, making up a 2/1 to 4/15 reporting period rather than the required 1/1 to 3/31 period for the first quarter of this year),
  • filing reports for overlapping time periods, and
  • failing to itemize her expenses as required, making it impossible to track her use of funds.

It's curious accounting by a candidate who in 2004 claimed to have formerly worked as an accountant at a Windsor-based hedge fund.  (She is not a CPA.)



The many faces of Lee Whitnum

As noted above, there are many names used by Lee Whitnum or those who seem to speak on her behalf, including Lisa Whitnum, Lee Roystone, Masked Man, Marianne Cook (as both "attorney" and book reviewer), and Philomene Gates.  As a final curiosity, her book was published by Alpha Blue Publishing.  Its home page (deleted by Whitnum after it was discussed on this blog) warned visitors of their high professional standards and the substantial demands on their staff.

Due to the high volume of manuscripts we receive, Alpha Blue Publishing, Inc. does not normally accept unsolicited manuscripts [.....]
The preferred and standard method for having manuscripts considered for publication by a major publisher is through an established literary agent.

However, Alpha Blue Publishing is Lee Whitnum, and there were only two publications printed by Alpha Blue, both of them written and self-published by Whitnum.  The company Web site was registered to her pen name, Lee Roystone.

Her self-editing might help to explain the problems identified in her novel's sole Amazon reader review.

As I read the book, I noticed many typos, missing words, grammatical errors, etc. In several places the story line was interupted by the author's inclusion of rants on her own political theory and unnecessary details.



What's next?  Add to the scrapbook

So what comes next in Whitnum's feisty campaign?  She's anything but predictable, but promises she will continue to "fight like a wild cat."  And which of the Democratic candidates should you choose?  You'll have to struggle through that conundrum yourself.

Consider this a Lee Whitnum scrapbook.  Add your favorite memories, e-mail exchanges, and personal snapshots for posterity in the comments below.

(And just for Ms. Whitnum's benefit, I don't work or volunteer for the Himes campaign, and have never met Himes or been coopted by his gifts of soda and potato chips.)

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This Is Fantastic (4.00 / 1)
It is the very best in people-powered on-line media. It should be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, or whatever the equivalent is in journalism.  What an impressisve achievement.  THanks!

Agree 100% (4.00 / 1)
Even Marianne Cook, Esq. would have to be impressed by MikeCT's awesome research and lucid writing.

Mike, great job!

Connecticut Bob


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so the romantic link (4.00 / 1)
to Branford Boy.. that was just fodder for the gossip machine... ? ;)

I kid of course.

Why do I feel sorry for her?  

.Adding Another Dimension of Vituperation Toxicity to Blogging since 1999!.


oh that (0.00 / 0)
Yes, I almost forgot the pictoral evidence of her not talking to bloggers.  Ever.

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Wow. (0.00 / 0)
Very well done!

Best post EVER (4.00 / 1)
Bravo! Bravo!

Wow...that's a lot more time and effort than she deserves (4.00 / 1)
That's a mighty comprehensive look at this person so I will add my two cents since, as I have mentioned before, I'm the one she decided to make her early morning phone calls to.

Previous to this, I had no personal problems with Lee whatsoever.  She said a lot of things I don't belive or support, but I at least gave her credit for standing up and advocating those beliefs.  I was one of many who saw her last year at the DTC picnic in Greenwich where you never saw anyone lose an audience as quickly as she did when she began ranting about immigrants and how they cost her her job.  She just went on and on and on and pretty much had to be pulled from the stage.  I can't say for certain, but I believe she went on far longer than either Jim or the party's candidates for the Board of Selectmen (all of whom had the support of the entire room, something Lee did not).

But that by itself is not a problem.  Bad speeches go hand in hand with politics and she was a new candidate.  No harm. no foul.

However trouble started when I researched this matter between her and the Wizbang blog.  The guy who runs that blog is an open Republican but this was not a partisan problem between he and Lee because she was trying to get him to remove any reference to her.  Basically she was looking to rub the Internet clean of any past references to her or Hedge Fund Mistress and the guy running the blog was not playing ball.  He obviously held a little bit of a grudge against her because of this because when she declared her candidacy he contacted me.  Since the story was interesting we pursued it and discovered she had also tangled with a non-partisan, publishing news website connected with the highly regarded Media Bistro site.  With two instances of her trying to scrub the past clean, we decided to go forward and of course contacted Lee for comment, as we would have done for anyone.  After first trying to talk us out of writing about this she then changed her quotes about five or six times, calling me back and giving the whole "I didn't mean to say this..I meant to say THIS" shpiel and time and time again begging me to not run the story.  Then she called me at home the day before the story ran, bothering me during dinner, but not a big deal because those calls will always happen.  Then the next morning at the charming hour of 5 am (I'm guessing she actually never sleeps) she called me up, called me a "f-n a-hole" (I don't know rules about profanity here), said I was ruining her life and more or less said I'd be sorry if I published this.  I'm not a big fan of 5 a.m phone calls, getting bitched out and being threatened, but the story went forward and then obviously NOTHING HAPPENED. Which is of course where anyone could have seen this going because no one in Greenwich cares about Lee Whitnum and probably reacted to her behavior with these bloggers with a shrug of the shoulders.

Here's the little kicker.  I saw her a few months later at the protest outside of Belle Haven for John McCain's dash to the Greenwich ATM machine.  She had NO IDEA who I was, apparantly having forgotten all about me, despite us having spoken in person several times, but when she realized who I was she gave me this stare of white hot hatred that you usually don't see outside of a Clint Eastwood movie.  I expected the theme for The Good, The Bad and The Ugly to start playing.

Very amusing.  Maybe she thought I was Neil Vigdor at first HAH.

Anyways, that's my experience with loony Lee.  I saw someone on the other thread pointing out that we're killing Lee for running but supported Ned Lamont's grass roots campaign against the party.  Fair enough, but the key difference is that Ned was running because of a major policy disagreement with a sitting senator and was giving voice to the anti-war left who was sick and tired of Joe Lieberman cozying up to the smirking chimp.  In this case, Lee is running just to stoke her own ego and has policy positions a lot of us simply do not support.

We supported Ned because we agreed with him.  We don't agree with Lee.  That's the difference.


Post stories (0.00 / 0)
Fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to cover it. I hadn't seen that article. Unfortunately, attempts to search the Post site have been resulting in this error message in recent days: "You have reached a page that is no longer available."

Do you have an article link or issue date?


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Archive (0.00 / 0)
The truth is that article was never archived because we simply didn't want to deal with her crap anymore and give her any excuse to file a baseless libel suit against me and the paper.  So we decided to simply let the issue appear in print and not post it online.


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Date (0.00 / 0)
Also it was in the Feb. 14 edition

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I think you missed this: (4.00 / 1)
After the September 2007 annual Greenwich DTC picnic, I wrote a summary of the speeches.  I included this roundup of Whitnum's appearance and loopy comments on Daily Kos, which I reprint below:

"

And the other Democratic challenger for congress in the 4th district, Lee Whitnum, a Greenwich DTC member, showed up and gave a long...I mean long.....very long...speech. Whitnum's main points were that she's very angry at illegal immigrants.  She mentioned that she'd spoken with illegal Hispanic immigrants in the neighboring New York town of Port Chester and that they were earning $12-15 per hour, when the Congress had only managed to increase the minimum wage to $10 (not accurate), and she was angry that they weren't paying any taxes on those earnings (actually, that's usually not the case, since they use fake social security numbers and withholding taxes and social security are usually withheld by their employers).  She is also ticked off by H1B visas and blamees the crumbling of her business career on H1B visa holders.  Whitnum is also angry at men.  Specifically, she blames male congressmen with getting us into the war in Iraq, while women representatives and senators, like Diane Feinstein voted against it.  She accused the men of not reading the government's reports on WMD's, and suggested looking through the phone and credit card records of male members of congress who voted for the war to see where they were before the vote and what they were doing instead of reading the government's reports on WMD....No joke- she really said that we should check their credit card records. It might be me, but she seemed to be implying that these men were out with call girls when they should have been reading reports!!  Embarrassed looks among the roughly 100 attendees turned to exchanged looks of incredulity.  Ed Krumeich FINALLY intervened in Whitnum's rambling and loopy speech to gently ask her to wrap things up.  Whitnum ended by challenging Himes to a debate to be hosted by the Harvard University Club of Fairfield County.  Something tells me that a debate featuring the author of "Hedge Fund Mistress" is one of the very last events that the Harvard Club wants to sponsor.
"

Compare and contrast (4.00 / 1)
Take a look at the indepth reporting about Whitnum on this site, then take a look at the articles about Whitnum published by Neil Vigdor at Greenwich Time.  It is incredible that any responsible newspaper would let whitewashed drivel like Vigdor's, which essentially portrayed Whitnum as a courageous underdog taking on the Democratic machine, be printed in a responsible paper.  There hasn't been a word about her bizarre behavior in Greenwich Time.  And virtually every article it has carried about Jim Himes has mentioned Whitnum, even though she's a very strange character, and she'll be lucky to break into triple-digits in the Democratic primary.

But then again, I said "responsible" newspaper.  That appelation hasn't applied to Greenwich Time in decades.


To be fair (0.00 / 0)
As a local candidate running a campaign, most papers would mention Whitnum in an article about Himes seeking the nomination.  If she were from Stamford or Norwalk likely she wouldn't get as much coverage, but it would be wrong to ignore her from a news sense and act as though Himes is the only Democrat running.  The Post mentioned her in several stories such as the ones about Steny Hoyer visiting town or Himes' record fund raising numbers, but that all changed after she decided to make this a personal issue.

I'll let Neil's work speak for itself, but she is a Greenwich resident running for Congress and the Time is a Greenwich paper.  I don't think she merits any fawning coverage since she's no underdog.  She's a friggin loon.  But that's not my call to make and it would be just as wrong to completely ignore her as it would be to make her seem to be on Himes' level as a serious candidate.


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Of course (0.00 / 0)
... the problem is that she receives more prominent, more favorable, and more voluminous coverage than Himes, all while she is not really running an actual campaign.

Though I think Vigdor is not the reason for the ludicrous coverage -- it's an editorial decision. Nonetheless, it's pretty remarkable how often his byline appears on articles that read like Whitnum LTTEs.  


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Spotlight (0.00 / 0)
This is one of those diaries that ought to be spotlighted using that button in the upper right sidebar, especially by readers who live in the 4th CD...which I do not.


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Excellent suggestion. And done! (4.00 / 1)


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Thanks! (4.00 / 2)
Thanks to everyone for the kind words! Most of this was in various blog or news accounts (some obscure), but I thought it would be helpful to pull it together in an all-in-one reference guide - a scrapbook for the ages.

Forgot mine. Very well done, indeed!! Thanks!!! (0.00 / 0)


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Is it worth including (0.00 / 0)
her being voted one of Fairfield County Weekly's Top Clown's of 2007?

Must give credit where credit is due.


That was included (0.00 / 0)
right under racism and immigration.

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Oh sorry. Missed that. (0.00 / 0)
Should have realized MikeCT was ultra thorough!

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Quite a list: some Clowns, some Rogues, some good people. (0.00 / 0)

But where is Chris Shays?  And native, George Bush?

because Connecticut voters count: http://www.CTVotersCount.org

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Lee Whitnum responding (yawn) again... (0.00 / 0)
For some reason I've not allowed to defend myself. Don't delete my post.
1. What motivates me? Outrage. Deterioration of the American dream to line the pockets of special interest groups. Special interests groups who send us into unnecessary war. And most specifically: Out-of-touch, weak, follow-the-leader politicians, like Himes. The people deserve better.
2. Like Danbury did, enabling local police to enforce immigration through ICE is the wave of the future and should be all over Fairfield County. Save the American job and you save the American economy.
3. Many of the legal immigrants: H1b, L1 and the E series are from the UK (my heritage). Prejudice? Nope, that's not it - it's preservation of the American job. We are expected to lose 14 million white collar jobs in ten years. The US needs to finally enforce the 6 year return policy. There is no shortage of educated labor here. What is coming pike is going to be ugly we will need all of our jobs for Americans.
4. I am not a supremacist of any kind. I don't know any of those groups.
5. Demographics are facts, they are not racist. I am not racist.
6. I have a writer's pen name; that is true, but I am not "Masked Man" or any other name. You and Saramerica, Sara Darer Littman keep mentioning my family member's name when I've asked you not to. Cheap shot. Himes proves he has no character by not telling his staff to lay off family.
7. I never said anyone was "great in bed."
8. My mention of Nazi refers to the blog owners and their habit of not allowing me to defend myself by deleting my posts. It smacks of another time in history...you guessed it.
9. I said what about Congressman and Senators??? Liar. I made a joke referring to Larry Craig - which was timely at the time. You then made up ugliness and posted it on the DailyKos.  
10. Delegates? I boycotted the convention because of the way this party conspired to keep me from speaking. How can I win over my 15% if I'm not even permitted to address the delegates?
I'm not even going to address the rest of your lies.  

Whitnum not responding (yawn) again (0.00 / 0)
You've made many comments and diaries here.  As you know perfectly well, no one has deleted any of them.  Some of the more obnoxious and insulting comments were "troll rated" by other users because they violated the rules of the blog, so they became visible only to a limited number of users.  Then they were "up rated" and became visible again.  This has been explained to you before.

Again, the simple questions you repeatedly refuse to answer:

  • Why did you send an e-mail from your e-mail account pretending to be your "family" member Marianne Cook? Why did you claim she is an attorney if she is not? Was that being a good family member to her? Why do you pretend that someone else brought up her name? Why are you threatening bloggers with messages from fake lawyers?
  • Who is Philomene Gates, where is she licensed to practice law, and why are you threatening lawsuits against bloggers who post information that has been widely reported upon in national newspapers?
  • Why have you been trying to cover up evidence of your behavior?
  • Why are you relying on information from racist hate groups to inform your immigration policies? Why did you have links to those hate groups on your site?  I've noticed you've left the same information on your immigration page, while merely dropping the source of the information.  Do you think it's appropriate for a Congressional candidate to spread information from racist hate groups?  What does that say about you?
  • You accused your opponent and numerous bloggers of being Nazis simply because they talk to each other, and yet you use talking points from racist hate groups that really do have something in common with Nazis.  What does that say about you?
  • If you're not Masked Man, why do you use the same computer with the same IP address?
  • Why do you think Yahoo is in a political conspiracy against you?
  • Is anyone who criticizes your behavior or views a Nazi? Can you see how deeply stupid and offensive this is, particularly to some Jewish bloggers whom you're lumping in with your insults?
  • Why do you deny having conversations with bloggers you've obviously spoken with, deny posting photos you obviously posted, and deny that your novel is autobiographical after you say that it is autobiographical?
  • Why can't a former "accountant" follow some simple FEC rules and file appropriate financial reports on time?  Can you acknowledge that's a problem?  Why are you openly violating FEC regulations by refusing to file on time?
  • Do you think bloggers, activists, and journalists across the state and the world have really all been united in a conspiracy and individually paid by Jim Himes to undermine your campaign?  Or is it possible, just possible, that you have some deep-seated psychological problems and that you undermine yourself?

And as a new question, why are you organizing and scheduling your own debates with panelists and a candidate who haven't agreed to be part of them?

Why do you complain that you couldn't address delegates before the nomination, when Jim Himes couldn't address them before the nomination either?  You had months to talk to delegates and town committee members and only alienated them.

Why can't a Congressional candidate answer a few obvious questions about her own behavior and statements?


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Did you file with the FEC yet or not? (0.00 / 0)
And if not, why not?

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Lee Whitnum for Senate (0.00 / 1)
To anyone stumbling onto this site, these posts look like an obvious smear campaign.  

I've been a lifelong Democrat, but given the Democratic party's insidious slide towards embrace of corporatism and wars of aggression, I have considered abandoning allegiance and withholding my votes in disgust.  While our lobby-corrupted legislators continue signing the checks and passing laws that are detrimental to sane foreign and domestic policy, Lee Whitnum's voice on paramount issues is exactly what is needed in these troubled times.  

Excerpts from a 2008 interview:

"I believe breaking the stranglehold that special interest groups have on Congressmen and Senators will be my top priority," said Whitnum. "AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) wield a lot of power. And if they wield a lot of power in Washington they wield a lot of power worldwide. They're setting the agenda in Washington. Why do you think we've been unable to resolve the Palestinian question?"
Whitnum also plans to make campaign finance reform a centerpiece of her agenda, in another step to limit outside influences on elected officials.
"The economy is really bad in our area, and by the economy I'm including unemployment as well," she said.
Whitnum is especially concerned with immigration reform and argued that by placing curbs on illegal immigration, the American economy will improve.
"It's about keeping dollars in our region,"
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She finishes the 2008 interview with this prophetic statement:

""I'm not optimistic when I look down the pike and see what's coming," she said. "We need to help each other."

Those here who think Lee Whitnum's stance on unbridled support of Israel is valid reason to challenge her  need to source better information regarding the U.S.-Israel relationship.  Her criticism of this relationship and of its destructive influence on US security and foreign policy is enlightened and well-informed, and demonstrates her willingness to take on the tough issues against forces within our body-politic that most dare not challenge.  Example:

http://www.alanhart.net/the-be...  (Alan Hart is no anti-Semite.  He was a good personal friend of Golda Meir, former Israeli Prime Minister)

For other reasons Lee Whitnum is critical of the costly US-Israel relationship:

http://ifamericansknew.org/sta...

http://whatreallyhappened.com/...

In summary, Lee Whitnum, as far as I can tell, is the ONLY candidate for US Senate who will not equivocate on the tough issues; We have a Congress full of those compromised and corrupted politicians who do.  We need more like Ms. Whitnum in both Houses, more who will do the bidding of We The People who elect them, rather than the bidding of special interest groups which pour bribe money into their campaign coffers.  
Lee Whitnum has my vote.


 
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