Skip to comments.Kerry record in Senate put premium on probes
Posted on 10/24/2004 5:36:28 AM PDT by crushelits
Sen. John Kerry has been called many things during his high-profile 20-year career in the U.S. Senate, but the lasting legacy of the junior Democrat from Massachusetts may be easy to define: He's more an investigator than a legislator.
His defining moments have included a progression of signature investigations that, by design, thrust him into the national spotlight. Some, mostly Democrats, have called his investigative efforts relentless and groundbreaking. Others, mostly Republicans, have labeled them as shameless grandstanding.
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Well, thats enough drivel to swing the so-called "independent" voter the alphabet channels have been showing.
Including his investigation into POW's that he ultimately abandoned.
Perhaps its due the the influence of Studds and Frank in the MA congressional delegation.
And when he abandoned it, shredded the records, his brother in law got a billion dollars of real estate contracts in Viet Nam.
Nice work if you can sleep at night afterwards.
Stopping the funding for the Nicaraguan Contras after bring back a peace agreement with Daniel Ortega of the Sandanistas (which was worthless). Ortega turned around and solicited $200 million from the Soviets a few days later. Read: Kerry's Disloyal Nicaraguan Journey and Don't forget 'The John Kerry Committee'
Investigating (or creating) the Iran/Contra and BCCI scandals.
Blocking the vote on the Vietnam Human Rights Act in the Senate in 2001, which tied U.S. aid to Vietnam's human rights performance, and had passed by a 410-1 margin in the House of Representatives. Kerry, chairman of the Senate's East Asian and Pacific Affairs subcommittee, said in a statement at the time that he and fellow Vietnam War veteran Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) "are concerned that denying aid to Vietnam would actually slow human rights improvements." Many Vietnamese living abroad, along with human rights campaigners, say conditions in Vietnam have deteriorated in the three years since Kerry blocked the legislation.
Persuading the MIA/POW Senate committee to vote unanimously that no POWs existed in Vietnam in order to open up trade with Vietnam (his cousin C. Stewart Forbes, CEO of Colliers Intl, received a contract for a huge commercial deal worth at least $905 million to develop a deep-sea commercial port at Vung Tau). For more on the POW/MIA issue, here is a great article: When John Kerry's Courage Went M.I.A. - Senator covered up evidence of P.O.W.'s left behind
For more, check out the John F. Kerry Timeline. Email it to your friends, post on your blogs.
Mr. Kerry came to the Senate by way of the Middlesex County District Attorney's Office, Massachusetts' largest, where his nonstop media appearances as a prosecutor earned him the moniker "live-shot Kerry." And while he has used his Senate seat to bring attention to a number of headline-popping issues, including the Iran-Contra scandal, drug trafficking by then-Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the illegal financial dealings of BCCI, there was little legislative follow-up....***
Kerry's a show horse not a work horse.