Skip to comments.Joe Kennedy’s oil ties provide mud for his GOP foes
Posted on 09/03/2009 12:37:17 AM PDT by raccoonradio
Joe Kennedys business ties to Venezuelan strongman Hugo Chavez, through Citizens Energy Corp., will likely become a major issue if the former congressman decides to run for the Senate seat held until last week by his late uncle.
Joe Kennedy yesterday hadnt even made a decision on a run when he came under blistering attack by Republican gubernatorial candidate Christy Mihos and a Mihos spokesman.
It should be an issue, said Mihos of the nonprofit Citizens Energys acceptance of oil from Venezuela to help needy residents heat their homes.
Mihos described Chavez as a communist dictator and avowed enemy of the United States.
Kevin Sowyrda, a Mihos spokesman, went further, saying Kennedys ties with Chavez were an embarrassment to his family.
Jack Kennedy is probably rolling over in his grave every time (Joe Kennedy) takes a drop of oil from Hugo Chavez, said Sowyrda, referring to Joe Kennedys assassinated uncle, the late president John F. Kennedy.
Joe Kennedys uncle, Edward M. Kennedy, died last week after a long bout with brain cancer.
A spokesman for Citizens Energy declined comment yesterday.
Mihos, a former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board member and 2006 gubernatorial candidate, once had his own ties to Venezuelas state-owned Citgo oil company, through his small empire of mini-markets and gas stations. Mihos cut his firms ties to Citgo a few years ago, after the leftist Chavez went on a tirade against former President George W. Bush.
Kennedy, who is paid more than $400,000 a year for overseeing Citizen Energys nonprofit and for-profit units, has consistently defended his firms dealings with Citgo as a necessary move to help the needy.
"Mihos, a former Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board member and 2006 gubernatorial candidate, once had his own ties to Venezuelas state-owned Citgo oil company, through his small empire of mini-markets and gas stations. Mihos cut his firms ties to Citgo a few years ago, after the leftist Chavez went on a tirade against former President George W. Bush."
Probably. Though Joe Kennedy Sr., who admired dictators, would have congratulated him.
The most "needy" of all being Joe Kennedy it appears. You'd think if he was so concerned about "helping the needy", he'd offer his services for free. That 400G would do a lot more towards "helping the needy" than anything Joe does.
This is typical of all democrats and their "charities". They are nothing more than tax write offs and little empires for giving fat salaries to their relatives and friends, money that should be paid to taxes or given to real charities.
“Mihos described Chavez as a communist dictator and avowed enemy of the United States.”
True enough, but he’s an enemy the U.S. has been all too willing to do business with. I’m no fan of Joe Kennedy, but let’s look at the whole picture. The U.S. is Venezuela’s #1 trading partner, accounting for almost two-thirds of her export market. Plenty of American companies also do business in Hugo’s little fiefdom, too. - Intel, GM, Coca-Cola, Proctor and Gamble, etc. I don’t like Kennedy taking Venezuelan oil, but he’s done nothing illegal here and he is way down the list of offenders when it comes to the issue of playing footsie with Chavez.
If Joe runs, he wins ... simple as that.
No one will can beat him in Mass ... he’s a Kennedy!
The mindless drones in Mass will pull a lever for anyone named Kennedy ... anti-American dictator lover or not.
Wasn’t Joe also hooking up with African thugs for lovey dovey oil deals in Africa too? Angola, and some other Atlantic/west Africa country.
It will come back to me, the countries.