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Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney
News Max.Com ^ | 9-25-04

Posted on 09/25/2004 1:12:58 PM PDT by hope

Reprinted from NewsMax.com
Saturday, Sept. 25, 2004 2:07 p.m. EDT

Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney



The Elian Gonzalez controversy was the single most critical factor giving George Bush the presidency in 2000.

It may prove to be a critical factor this year as well – thanks to John Kerry who just tapped a key figure in the Elian controversy for his campaign.

Kerry must have forgotten that after the Elian brouhaha record numbers of Cuban Americans in Florida voted against Al Gore – ceding the closely contested Florida race – and the presidency to George Bush.

The Miami Herald reported Saturday that "a lawyer unpopular with many Cuban Americans for his role in the Elián González case will help prepare John Kerry for the upcoming presidential debate to be held at the University of Miami.”

That lawyer’s name is Gregory Craig, a well-connected Washington attorney who represented Elian Gonzalez’s father.

Craig worked closely with the Cuban government and Attorney General Janet Reno to gain custody of little Elian.

In the end, armed federal immigration officers stormed the home of Elian’s uncle and seized the boy. With the help of Reno and the Clinton White House, Craig successfully returned Elian to Castro’s custody.

Now, Craig has been tapped by John Kerry’s campaign to prepare him for his first debate with President Bush, which is scheduled for Sept. 30 in Miami.

Craig will also reportedly play the role of President Bush in a series of mock debates with Kerry.

Craig’s new role in the Kerry campaign underscores Senator Ted Kennedy’s strong control over the Kerry effort.

Craig has been a longstanding Kennedy operative, and the Herald noted that Craig had "served as a top foreign policy advisor to Sen. Edward Kennedy . . .”

Superlawyer Craig also served as Bill Clinton's lead impeachment lawyer.

The Craig appointment is in keeping with NewsMax Magazine’s recent cover story "Teddy’s Back!”

Authored by best-selling author Richard Poe, the report reveals that Ted Kennedy is the driving force behind the Kerry campaign and that Kennedy operatives – including Kerry campaign manager Mary Beth Cahill and political adviser Bob Shrum – are calling the shots.

But the selection of Craig will be seen as a major slap in the face to Cuban American voters – a voting bloc Kerry has been trying to woo.

Kerry has sought to outflank Bush by claiming Bush has been too soft on Castro and Venezuela’s Marxist dictator Hugo Chavez.

Just this month the Kerry campaign even opened a campaign office in Miami’s Little Havana and began broadcasting radio ads in Spanish attacking Bush’s Cuba policies.

But Kerry’s efforts in Miami may be for naught with the Craig appointment.

Even the Herald noted Kerry’s error, calling the Craig appointment a "misstep, signaling a campaign that is still learning its way around Florida -- and Miami's -- complicated mix of politics, six weeks before the election.”

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TOPICS: Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cubancommunity; elian; eliangonzalez; gregcraig; gregorycraig; johnkerry; kerry; miami; presidentialdebates
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1 posted on 09/25/2004 1:12:59 PM PDT by hope
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To: hope

Shows what a weasel Kerry is...and what a pro-Kerry-ote Craig is.


2 posted on 09/25/2004 1:16:34 PM PDT by graycamel
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To: hope

Flash to all Florida families...!


3 posted on 09/25/2004 1:17:34 PM PDT by pabianice
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To: hope
"Kerry Taps Controversial Elian Attorney "

That confirms my suspicions upon seeing the pictures of him with his hands all over Edwards.

4 posted on 09/25/2004 1:19:11 PM PDT by bayourod (The parrot is dead. Honor your guarantee now Dan Rather.)
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To: hope

This is great, let the Cubans in Miami know who is helping you Kerry, okay. They will remember this I am sure when they go to the polls and vote. Ha ha, Kerry makes another misstep.


5 posted on 09/25/2004 1:19:49 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: graycamel

That's a bit up the evolutionary scale for him.


6 posted on 09/25/2004 1:22:19 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: rawhide; hope
This is great, let the Cubans in Miami know who is helping you Kerry, okay.

The Cubans could found a 527 organization, "Swift Raft Survivors" against Kerry.

7 posted on 09/25/2004 1:24:31 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Dan Rather's got to go!)
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To: hope
Mr. Chief Justice, ladies and gentlemen of the Senate, distinguished managers from the House, good afternoon.

My name is Greg Craig, and I'm special counsel to the president.

I'm here today on behalf of President Clinton. I'm here to argue that he is not guilty of the allegations of grand jury perjury set forth in Article I.

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/impeachment/trial/craig_1-20.html <-- More Gregory Craig

8 posted on 09/25/2004 1:26:50 PM PDT by Cboldt
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To: hope

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http://www.ImpeachReno.org

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9 posted on 09/25/2004 1:27:14 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE ("ALOHA RONNIE" Guyer/Veteran-"WE WERE SOLDIERS" Battle of IA DRANG-1965 http://www.lzxray.com)
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To: hope

BIGGGGG MISTAKE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


10 posted on 09/25/2004 1:28:57 PM PDT by Mikey_1962
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To: bayourod

Good think I caught myself before an image of those two together popped into my head. Could have ruined the whole weekend.


11 posted on 09/25/2004 1:29:59 PM PDT by July 4th (You need to click "Abstimmen")
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To: Paleo Conservative

Cute. I would also like to see "Bay of Pigs Veterans" against Kennedy, er, Kerry.


12 posted on 09/25/2004 1:37:03 PM PDT by Clemenza (I LOVE Halliburton, SUVs and Assault Weapons. Any Questions?)
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To: hope
Bringing Craig, the anti-Elian attorney, into the Kerry campaign raises a question that has cropped up before. Does John Kerry get up every morning and say to himself, "What stupid mistake can I make today to sabotage my chances of success?"

This one decision should guarantee that Kerry won't have a chance to win in Florida. Even without Kerry's problems in many of the battleground states, this should assure that Kerry cannot win in the Electoral College. As Don Meredith used to sing on Monday Night Football, "The party's over ...."

Congressman Billybob

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13 posted on 09/25/2004 1:37:53 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: hope
Superlawyer Craig also served as Bill Clinton's lead impeachment lawyer.

That's what he's famous for and should have been the headline IMHO.

14 posted on 09/25/2004 1:43:51 PM PDT by Mister Baredog ((Part of the Reagan legacy is to re-elect G.W. Bush))
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To: hope
"Tapped" as in Pro Bono?

Some of these repeat appearances from LIBERAL clowns come from spotlight loving camera hogs who will perform for peanuts.
15 posted on 09/25/2004 2:06:05 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: rawhide

This has all the earmarks of yet another dumb move by the sKerry campaign. There is only one constituency who will notice this appointment, and they are decidedly against the guy. It could serve to really energize FL Cubans, and others.
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16 posted on 09/25/2004 2:06:12 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Congressman Billybob

You beat me again with the thought... but I'm used to it by now, CBB ...


17 posted on 09/25/2004 2:07:38 PM PDT by AFPhys ((.Praying for President Bush, our troops, their families, and all my American neighbors..))
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To: Calpernia; lacylu; Alabama MOM; Velveeta

ping


18 posted on 09/25/2004 2:08:09 PM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (On this day your Prayers are needed!!!!!!!)
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To: Cboldt; Luis Gonzalez; rrrod; RMDupree; Cincinatus' Wife; Republic; MindBender26

blast from the past PING.

I was just wondering about Elian, too . . . thinking what Cubans have sacrificed in order to come to the US, remembering that his mother and others died for their chance to win freedom.


19 posted on 09/25/2004 2:12:47 PM PDT by cyn (prayers always for Terri Schindler Schiavo, her family, and her friends.)
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To: nw_arizona_granny

Craigs association with Cuba eh?. Boy, the Soros sponsered far left groups that control Kerry aren't even trying to remain anonymous. Im saying this over and over, these folks are using this campaign to build a global movement. Its about far more than this election.


20 posted on 09/25/2004 2:13:53 PM PDT by Dat Mon (clever tagline under construction)
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