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Rival blasts Barney Frank’s swanky free jet ride
boston herald ^ | October 13, 2010 | Dave Wedge

Posted on 10/12/2010 10:00:30 PM PDT by george76

Barney Frank, immersed in one of the toughest political fights of his career, took a free private jet to the Virgin Islands courtesy of a Maine congresswoman’s billionaire ...whose company received a $200 million federal bailout, the Herald has learned.

Frank, who’s facing feisty Republican challenger Sean Bielat, flew to the tropical paradise for a vacation in 2009 on a $25 million jet owned by Paloma Partners honcho S. Donald Sussman, the fianc...of U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-Maine). Paloma Securities — a subsidiary of Sussman’s Greenwich, Conn.-based hedge fund — received $200 million in 2009 as part of the $180 billion federal bailout of troubled insurance giant AIG, records show...

Frank, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said his partner, Jim Ready, lives in Pingree’s district and the couples are “personal friends.”

Republican National Committee spokesman Parish Braden said: “Barney Frank’s acceptance of a lavish gift from a hedge fund manager, an industry he is responsible for regulating, is a troubling conflict of interest that raises serious questions about his judgment.”

Sussman, a huge Democratic campaign donor with homes in Maine and Connecticut, lives in St. John, Virgin Islands

(Excerpt) Read more at bostonherald.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Connecticut; US: Maine; US: Massachusetts
KEYWORDS: barney; barneyfrank; bielat; donaldsussman; frank; obama; palin; paloma; palomapartners; seanbielat; sussman

1 posted on 10/12/2010 10:00:36 PM PDT by george76
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To: george76
Had my annual ethics training today. The expression that kept coming up was the “appearance of impropriety”. I guess only for the little guy.
2 posted on 10/12/2010 10:02:51 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Sarah Palin - For such a time as this...)
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To: george76
Sussman, a huge Democratic campaign donor with homes in Maine and Connecticut, lives in St. John, Virgin Islands

Where do we go to get honor and integrity back in this country????

3 posted on 10/12/2010 10:08:02 PM PDT by parisa
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To: george76

Time to take out the trash.


4 posted on 10/12/2010 10:09:32 PM PDT by BAW ("We can absorb a terrorist attack." - Pres Barack Hussein Obama)
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To: george76
Here's the "couple" mentioned in the article. Virgin Islands, my a$$.


5 posted on 10/12/2010 10:09:32 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: george76

Nothing like a Hummer at 35K


6 posted on 10/12/2010 10:09:50 PM PDT by mmercier (in the sunshine of my love)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Looks like devil’s horns coming out of Barney’s head.


7 posted on 10/12/2010 10:11:05 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: george76

Crooks like Barney Frank’s bribe giver, also donate huge amounts to the democrat party because the payout is far greater: in this case a $200 million payout.


8 posted on 10/12/2010 10:11:11 PM PDT by FormerACLUmember (Character is defined by how we treat those who society says have no value.)
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To: george76

Sussman’s hedge fund is Barney’s significant udder.


9 posted on 10/12/2010 10:13:18 PM PDT by Rocky (REPEAL IT!)
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To: george76

THIS IS SEAN BILEAT’S OCTOBER SURPRISE!!! Get this word out Sean. Folks how can we get this to Rush and FOX News?


10 posted on 10/12/2010 10:21:14 PM PDT by no dems (DeMINT / PALIN 2012 or PALIN / DeMINT 2012.......Either is fine with me!)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

When I was in fast food management, mgrs were not allowed to accept any gifts from suppliers. Bonny’s free ride, I hope, is coming to an end.


11 posted on 10/12/2010 10:26:16 PM PDT by Razz Barry (Round'em up, send'em home.)
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To: george76
...the couples are “personal friends.”

Could that be the problem?

12 posted on 10/12/2010 10:38:10 PM PDT by Libloather (Teapublican, PROUD birther, mobster, pro-lifer, anti-warmer, enemy of the state, extremist....)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

I guess gay men don’t like belts. To much effort.


13 posted on 10/12/2010 10:40:30 PM PDT by aliquando (A Scout is T, L, H, F, C, K, O, C, T, B, C, and R.)
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To: george76
Lots of pedophilia going on in Virgin islands.

Pray for America

14 posted on 10/12/2010 10:42:56 PM PDT by bray (A November to Remember)
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To: george76

The other Dim Congressman in this scandal claims she is being followed, skulked and has doors knocked on by mysterious opponents.

http://www.sunjournal.com/approved/story/916125

Wonder if the Lamestream will jump on this like they did on O’Donnell claims.


15 posted on 10/12/2010 11:34:17 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA ("Forces of Evil" member in good standing)
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To: george76

There is a name for this behaviour; it’s called GRAFT. I thought it was illegal, but even if it’s not, it is morally wrong. Where has the sense of shame gone?


16 posted on 10/12/2010 11:45:33 PM PDT by CanaGuy (Go Harper!)
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To: no dems

Don’t worry - Rush gets half his show prep here ... ;-)


17 posted on 10/13/2010 12:37:15 AM PDT by Tunehead54 (Nothing funny here ;-)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Which one pitches and which one bites the pillow?


18 posted on 10/13/2010 2:30:47 AM PDT by Leisler ("Over time they create a legal system that plunders and a moral code that glorifies it." F. Bastiat)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

On DU you would have a thread of 5000 saying,

“I’d hit it.”


19 posted on 10/13/2010 2:38:56 AM PDT by EQAndyBuzz (Remember March 23, 1775. Remember March 23, 2010)
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To: george76

BWWWWARNY FAG GONA LOOSE! ! ! ! ! !


20 posted on 10/13/2010 3:16:45 AM PDT by DeaconRed (I am selling my Gold and buying Lead.)
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To: george76
Go over to the business insider and read about HFT and how Dodd-Frank did nothing to reform this arena.

Now this...

2500 pages of crap, no Fannie and Freddie reform and he is taking junkets.

Maybe if this gets enough airplay in his district he is finally political Toast....

21 posted on 10/13/2010 3:22:19 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

BTW.... Read the “Comments” in the story over @ the Herald...


22 posted on 10/13/2010 3:29:55 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: george76

The thing is, these congresscriminals don’t see what the big deal is with these “free rides” because if we only knew what was “really going on” we would see how silly it is to worry over a “free ride”. So from their perspective the free ride is no big deal and they haven’t been caught (yet) for what is ACTUALLY taking place and more than likely it is covered by some “loophole” in case it ever does come to light. So, they all have the same look when the camera gets shoved in their face, “This is no big deal.” Next time they should be asked, “Then what IS the BIG DEAL.”


23 posted on 10/13/2010 4:06:10 AM PDT by wastoute (Government cannot redistribute wealth. Government can only redistribute poverty.)
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To: Zuben Elgenubi

Virgin Islands, my a$$.
Virgin Islands, a$$.
Virgin a$$.

Anything Butt !!!!


24 posted on 10/13/2010 4:48:52 AM PDT by maddog55 (OBAMA, You can't fix stupid...)
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To: taildragger

” Read the “Comments” ‘

I read 87 comments. There were two pro Frank comments. He’ll most likely still win though. Unfortunately.


25 posted on 10/13/2010 6:24:42 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: EQAndyBuzz

Now that was good.
I’m getting a headache from laughing so hard this morning.

Freepers are on a roll this morning with the remarks.
And I’m lovin’ it.


26 posted on 10/13/2010 7:26:15 AM PDT by Verbosus (/* No Comment */)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Doc...

Go here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2606706/posts

From what I hear Barney's district has a high concentration of those with a Jewish heritage (tell me if my data is incorrect) The swing noted in the link, does not move in his direction. In my social circles (many of the Jewish faith) I am noticing the fissures, i.e one liberal in particular is getting more concerned and outspoken about a certain brand of terrorism from certain factions shall we say....

27 posted on 10/13/2010 8:50:15 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: taildragger

td,
I’m getting a “Document does not exist” message at your link.
Doc


28 posted on 10/13/2010 10:23:57 AM PDT by Dr. Bogus Pachysandra ( Ya can't pick up a turd by the clean end!)
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To: Dr. Bogus Pachysandra
Doc... let me try again...

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2606706/posts

29 posted on 10/13/2010 11:00:24 AM PDT by taildragger ((Palin / Mulally 2012 ))
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To: parisa

My way to try is to send a buck or two to Mr. Franks opponent. Scott Bailet is a Marine, 35 years old and well spoken. It doesn’t matter if he’s even a luke warm conservative, seeing Barney out the door would be so wonderful. Bailet has an easy way to make donations on his web site.


30 posted on 10/13/2010 11:37:41 AM PDT by pepperdog (Why are Democrats Afraid of the Military Vote?)
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