Skip to comments.How Hillary became New York Senator
Posted on 01/04/2007 6:48:56 PM PST by jdm
When Hillary Clinton decided to run for the New York Senate, she knew she needed to reach a vast array of voters, in order to win the Senate. What better way for her to get votes than to use her husbands power of pardoning or commuting prison sentences.
At the time, Clinton's campaign was desperately trying to boost stagnant support for her among the state's key Jewish voters. Her opponent, former Long Island Republican Rep. Rick Lazio, seemed to be gaining momentum.
She knew that New York's Orthodox and chasidic communities would be a hard sell, as they were expressing their personal dislike for her and her positions, particularly regarding Israel. She needed to show she could win some support in Orthodox circles.
In August of 2000, Hillary Clinton campaigned in a small town north of New York City, called New Square, a Chasidic Jewish village of 7,000 residents in Rockland County New York. (Which formerly voted overwhelmingly for arch-conservative Sen. Alfonse D'Amato).
New Square was coping with a series of scandals in which top village officials were going to jail or fleeing the country for swindling tens of millions of dollars in federal education, housing and small-business subsidies in a decade-long scam.
One widely publicized case included laundering money through a phony yeshiva set up in Brooklyn.
Rabbi Twersky desperately wanted to win clemency for the four noted New Square residents who on Jan. 25, 1999 were convicted of 21 charges including conspiracy, embezzlement, and wire and mail fraud. Kalmen Stern, 42, was sentenced to 78 months; David Goldstein, 54, of Brooklyn, 70 months; Jacob Elbaum 40, 57 months; and Benjamin Berger, 30 months. They were ordered to pay back millions of dollars.
She met with Rabbi David Twersky, and afterwards, New Square officials began campaigning for Clinton, even outside the village, though Clinton's positions on such core issues as school vouchers, abortion and Israel were in opposition to New Square.
Community members drove around in cars with loudspeakers urging in Yiddish Rockland County Orthodox residents to vote for her. A Yiddish weekly endorsed her based on lobbying from New Square.
"It's not a secret their support was based on the hope that she would look kindly towards the people that are incarcerated," said Rabbi Ronnie Greenwald, a prominent Orthodox leader who lives in nearby Monsey. "They really went out and helped her. It was an honest attempt to get votes and get support for Hillary Clinton."
On Election Day, Clinton carried New Square, 1,400 to 12. It was a glaring exception to much of the Orthodox world and New Square's chasidic neighbors, who voted overwhelmingly for Lazio.
Several weeks after her senate victory, she met with Rabbi David Twersky again, attending a meeting in the White House with President Clinton.
During a scheduled 15-minute meeting on Dec. 22 that stretched into 45 minutes, according to New Square officials, Rabbi Twersky raised the issue of seeking mercy for the New Square four and help for fugitive Chaim Berger in Israel.
Rabbi Twersky has never publicly commented about the sins of his community members, and repeatedly turned down interviews to explain the scandal.
That visit launched a series of events that culminated in a controversial last-minute clemency action on behalf of New Square by outgoing President Clinton.
The decision by President Clinton to commute the sentences of four prominent New Square men who stole tens of millions from the federal government in a phony yeshiva scheme enraged law enforcement officials. (Source: http://www.jonathanpollard.org/2001/012601e.htm)
Convicted terrorist Susan Rosenberg (http://www.discoverthenetwork.org/individualProfile.asp?indid=1806) was pardoned by Bill Clinton in January 2001, just days after Clinton left office. She was serving out the 16th year of a 58-year sentence for the possession of more than 700 pounds of explosives and a stockpile of illicit weapons.
Moreover, the onetime member of a leftist terrorist outfit called "The Family" was also a suspect in a 1981 robbery-gone-awry that left three people dead in Nyack, New York. She was involved with several terrorist groups in 1970s and early 1980s, including the Black Liberation Army, the Weather Underground.
In an attempt to win over New York's Latino voters, Bill Clinton pardoned 16 members of the FALN, a violent Puerto Rican nationalist group who had planted over 130 bombs in the U.S., that killed six people and injured 70 in New York City and Chicago.
The Latino vote (http://www.puertorico-herald.org/issues/vol4n45/Hilary-en.shtml) lead Hillary to victory which many believe those pardon helped seal enough votes to secure the victory.
Perhaps the most controversial was the pardon of fugitive commodities trader Marc Rich and his former partner in Brooklyn New York, resident Pincus Green, both charged in 1983 with conducting the largest tax evasion scheme in U.S. history.
Rich, 65, who donates vast sums of money to Israel, is the ex-husband of Manhattan songwriter Denise Rich, who has contributed more than $320,000 to Democratic Party causes in the past two years and is a friend of the Clintons.
When Hillary runs for President, shell no longer have Bill to cut pardon deals for votes, but you can be sure shell be scheming and cutting other deals for votes to return to the White House.
In an attempt to again earn votes from Latinos in 2008, Hillary was seeking to have Puerto Rico vote in the next election. The ruling was denied, and was unsuccessfully overturned. Previous federal court rulings have held that the Constitution must be amended or the independent commonwealth must become a state before its residents can vote for president.
So she is attempting to buy Puerto Rico votes (http://www.newsmax.com/archives/ic/2005/11/21/160848.shtml) with child-credit refunds on their Social Security and Medicare taxes.
No mention of JFK Jr untimely demise?
Lie, cheat steal and...........
She purchased it with vetoes.
In general election '08 she wins running against the Milquetoast/Spongecake ticket of the opposition, so we'd better hope her own mob family dumps her in Iowa, New Hampshire and other places!
Hillary won because 1. my homestate is a leftist hellhole and 2. her opponent was at first a serial adulterer (now "America's Mayor) and then a doofus from Long Island.
The Clintons are common criminals.
When I read things like this all I can think about is Pelosi and her "culture of corruption"statement. She was applying that name to Republicans when members of her party do things like this. Shame shame!
Yea! well Clinton went out and Pardoned a Number of Puerto Rican Terrorist that killed A police officer. He also pardoned a number of other infamous creeps.
I think we all know Marc Richs wife earned his pardon on her knees.
The rest of the pardons were political in nature. Buying votes for Hillary was the idea behind them.
However Lazio ran a lousy campaign. He never forced Hillary on the issues, he let her slide. He probably would have lost anyway New Yorkers love celebrities and leftist loons.
I still don't get it.
At no point was Hillary Clinton in any danger of losing that Senate seat. Lazio put up a spirited fight, but he had no chance. That is the sad truth. Hillary could probably have lost a majority of Jewish votes and still won the state. Like her husband, however, she cannot tolerate political dissension, so she kept the natives quiet with some well-placed and thoroughly contemptible pardons.
700 pounds is way more than needed for "personal use".
Did I read that there was a district in Harlem that had 100% turn out --- all for her?
I think it was 100%+ turnout. You know how the 'rats like to vote.
Why did JFK jr's plane have to go down into the Atantic Ocean ...just as he was to formally announce for the same New York Senate Seat HILLARY was already running for..?
The same New York Senate Seat that HILLARY had coldly told him to "Just forget about" earlier that same year..?
(Per DICK MORRIS just as JFK jr's plane was found laying on the bottom of the Atantic Ocean - FoX News Channel)
All of that said, I always thought it was strange that Moynihan who hated Hillary, as did Moynihan's wife, died in this unusual manner. But it is unlikely Hillary was related to this event. No. I don't think so.
Thank you for remembering, shield.
Good old-fashioned New York "machine" politics...
The machine -- a formidable opponent in any race.
This particular deed is so sinister and diabolical that it needs to be repeated over, and over, and over.
Even many Democrats are sickened over this transparent, anti-American, anti-homeland security, and pro-terrorist gratuity.
Agree totally...they started out as Arkansas grifters and have grown into big-time gangsters.
From the minute they stepped into the White House, they acted like Mobsters/Thugs. She would be very dangerous in the White House and would rule by Executive Orders, Thuggery, Intimidation, etc. If she could get away with it, she would make Stalin look like a Boy Scout. Some people accuse me of exageration, but I firmly believe that.FreeRepublic would definately be shut down if she had her way.
Of course, if JFK Jr. would've run...he'd be the senator from NY not hildabeast. She knew that...couldn't let that happen, could she?
An article on how Hillary acquired her Senatorship, and the guy leaves out WHO did the groundwork for her? You forgot to mention no less than the biggest N.Y. Scum Lawyer on earth, Mr. Harold Ickes.
With CNN now airing a TWA Flight 800 10th Anniversary TV Special that includes Eyewitnesses sharing their seeing a missile's red light (rocket exhaust) on its way up to a Jetliner off Long Island:
WHY did TWA Flight 800 have to enter the Atlantic Ocean the evening before HILLARY's White House Security Chief CRAIG LIVINGSTONE was scheduled to damningly "Plead the 5th"...
...or name HILLARY in nationally televised Senate Testimony as the one who hired him to get her 800 FBI Files on Republicans in Congress and previous Executive Branch position holders..?
Senate Testimony that was suddenly taken off our TV Screens the morning after this Jetliner Crash...
...with Congress itself shutting down in honor of burning floating wreakage that was constantly being seen on National TV, instead of an Under Oath Senate TV appearance that would negatively affect HILLARY..?
Could it be because the lifetime CLINTON M.O. has always been:
'It's the TV, Stupid, no matter WHO pays for it'..?
.........And still is..?
Please see Posts No. 31 -&- 22.
Thank you very much,
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