Skip to comments.Patrick Gaspard, ACORN, and Obama
Posted on 09/29/2009 2:40:15 AM PDT by kingattax
With the revelation that White House Director of Political Affairs, Patrick Gaspard, has close ties to Bertha Lewis and to ACORN, Matthew Vadum and Erick Erickson appear to be onto something significant.
While the Gaspard matter needs further investigation before we form any hard conclusions, it certainly seems to confirm that President Obamas ties to a whole series of ACORN-controlled organizations are neither minor nor by any means long-past. In fact, making use of what Erickson and Vadum have discovered about Gaspard, we can trace these links still further.
Theres been a good deal of attention to ACORN of late, and deservedly so. Yet for all the fuss, what is arguably the most important Obama-Acorn tie of all has gotten short shrift. During the 2008 election, Obamas close links to the far-left New Party were revealed and explored (although not by the mainstream press).
Yet many seem to have forgotten that the New Party, particularly in Chicago, was dominated by ACORN (and by an ACORN-controlled SEIU union local).
During the campaign, I detailed Obamas New Party ties in two pieces, "Something New Here," and "Life of the New Party." Important evidence of Obamas pursuit of the New Party endorsement can also be found in the September-October 1995 issue of "New Ground," newsletter of the Chicago chapter of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Obamas New Party ties matter because they show that his links to ACORN went far beyond shared on-the-ground organizing, legal representation, training, or even funding (although all of those ties existed and were important). By running for office with the New Party, Obama was effectively indicating that he shared ACORNs radical political goals.
So its of interest that in late 1995, just as Obama was seeking New Party endorsement in Chicago, Patrick Gaspard was working as a New Party organizer in New Jersey. (This was reported in "Jersey Man Hopes to Create Third Political Party," NPR, "Morning Edition, " September 28, 1995).
Then, in the July 2, 2001 issue of "The Nation," Gaspard and Bertha Lewis jointly published a reply to a June 4 Nation article by Doug Ireland which had been critical of the New Yorks Working Families Party (a successor to the New Party, led by New Party co-founder Dan Cantor, and largely controlled by ACORN and the SEIU).
In the course of their letter, Gaspard and Lewis describe their extensive joint involvement in Working Families Party activities. The letter is signed: "Bertha Lewis, ACORN, WFP; Patrick Gaspard, SEIU State Council, WFP."
This does seem to confirm and extend the new evidence of a close political tie between Patrick Gaspard and ACORNs Bertha Lewis.
No doubt, some will dismiss the newly revealed connections between the Obama administration, Patrick Gaspard, Bertha Lewis, and ACORN as "guilt by association." Yet it seems to me that the evidence points to something more significant than that.
We are talking about a persistent and shared political-ideological alliance between President Obama and the complex of community, labor, and party organizations controlled by ACORN. (See especially "Life of the New Party" for more on New Party ideology.)
Again, the Gaspard issue is new and needs further investigation and consideration. Yet preliminary indications are that the Gaspard-ACORN-Bertha Lewis-New Party-WFP-SEIU ties are significant, and tell us something disturbing about the political ideology and intentions of President Obama.
In particular, the connection between Gaspard, Lewis, the New Party, and the Working Families Party ought to draw our attention back to what may ultimately be the most important Obama-ACORN tie of all, his time with Chicagos New Party.
Obama was running for POTUS on the ACORN stealth ticket.
Acorn has taken over the Democratic Party in a coup! So diabolical, even MSM, Reid & Pelosi don’t yet know it!!!!
This is rich!
Mafia war within the Democrat Party on the horizon.
This seems plausible, though I still see obmam (and therefore his sponsoring parties) as a pawn of some entity. Who knows, maybe it's Russia /half kidding.Anyway, of note is the 1998 article detailing the connection between the Archdiocese of Chicago's Campaign for Human Development and Mr. Saul Alinsky hisself, because, in obama, all these dots connect.
Politicians and strategists praise Patrick Gaspard highly, although he stays away from the limelight.
"Patrick is the best political mind of his generation in New York and maybe the nation," says Kevin Sheekey, who as Michael Bloomberg's right-hand-man has frequently worked and battled with Gaspard.
"I wouldn't dispute that," said David Axelrod, Obama's chief strategist and Gaspard's cohort on the campaign trail. When reminded that such a title could be bestowed on Axelrod himself, the strategist said he was "happy to cede that" to Gaspard.
The Washington Post, among others, has announced that a longtime labor operative of Barack Obama's, Patrick Gaspard, will be named Obama's White House political director.
Gaspard served as national political director for much of Obama's general election campaign and was named deputy director of personnel for the transition effort. Prior to his work with Obama, Gaspard was the lead political operative for the 1199 branch of the Service Employees International Union, a huge and hugely influential union representing health care workers in New York. He spent the 2004 general election as the national field director for America Coming Together.
Gaspard was featured prominently in Ryan Lizza's recent New Yorker piece detailing how Obama won. Of his job interview with the Illinois Senator, Gaspard recalled Obama saying: "I think that I'm a better speechwriter than my speechwriters. I know more about policies on any particular issue than my policy directors. And I'll tell you right now that I'm gonna think I'm a better political director than my political director."
"Yeah, Buffers....yeah the Obamalini family has a lot of Buffers"
Not just on an ACORN ticket — on ACORN money—which,ooops, happens to be federal money. Nothing to see here!
ACORN Party might go down in history with infamous organizations like the Nazi Party and the Maoist Party.
No over-arching narcissism here. Just a healthy dose of self-esteem.
I guess he hires these people just to stand around and adore him.
Glenn Beck will be covering this today.
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You mean the Radical Leftists who STARTED ACORN are running the Democrat party. Wade Rathke, Protegee of George Wiley - who was a protegee of whom? Cloward and Piven.
Its a DIRECT connection to Communists, avowed domestic Terrorists (Ayers) and the single most corrupt organization in America, ACORN.
Obama is SLIME.
He USED the poor to get into office. The “man” is a piece of excrement.
So diabolical that even the Clinton’s couldn’t stop it.
(1) ACORN's man in the Obama White House is longtime ACORN operative Patrick Gaspard. He holds the title of White House political affairs director, the same title Karl Rove held in President Bush's White House. He's the Presidents fixer and the man who gets ACORN projects and money. Gaspard once worked for ACORN CEO Bertha Lewis.
(2) Patrick Gaspards brother Michael Gaspard works for The Advance Group. Michael Gaspard works for ACORNs registered lobbying organization and with ACORNs national spokesman. Michael apparently keeps a lower profile than his brother. He does not appear on lobbyist disclosures for The Advance Group NY State. Nonetheless, he works there. Ms. Lewiss contacts list confirms Michael Gaspards employment there.
(3) Shaun Donovan. Mr. Donovan is HUD Secy. Before that, Mr. Donovan was NYC Commissioner of Dept of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD)---where Donovan worked on affordable housing initiatives----projects right up ACORNs alley.
(4) Karine Jean-Pierre is WH liaison for Dept of Labor (headed by latino agitator Hilda Solis). Karine once worked for John Edwards (vertical or horizontal?). She left there to work for Cong Anthony Weiner, then became Barack Obamas regional political director.
The web of connections from Bertha Lewis straight into the White House and out the other door into HUD and the Dept of Labor (headed by latino agitator Hilda Solis), then circle back to ACORNs lobbying operation.
Let's help the White House distance itself from ACORN
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