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(Larry) Klayman to enter Florida Senate race Tuesday
HillNews ^ | 9/23/03

Posted on 09/23/2003 10:03:15 AM PDT by areafiftyone

Legal gadfly Larry Klayman has resigned as chairman of Judicial Watch to seek the Republican Senate nomination in Florida.

He has contacted GOP consultants to enlist their services for his forthcoming primary campaign, well-placed sources said. His formal announcement is scheduled for Tuesday in Tampa.

Klayman, whose conservative legal foundation that has been a perpetual thorn in the sides of politicians of all stripes, has sued almost everyone from presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to Osama bin Laden.

Judicial Watch, which Klayman founded in 1994, would not comment yesterday on the candidacy or resignation, and the potential candidate himself was traveling and could not be reached. “He’s in an undisclosed location,” said a spokeswoman. “I honestly don’t know his whereabouts now.”

A new website, klaymansenate.com, went online yesterday. It quoted Klayman, who has communted between Miami and Washington for nearly a decade, as saying: “As a conservative, I pledge to never tire in defense of our faith, our liberty, and our freedom.”

Although the sources said he resigned from Judicial Watch over the weekend, the organization’s website still listed him late yesterday as its chairman and general counsel.

Klayman’s entry into the already crowded Florida race caught Republican officials by surprise.

“I don’t know who he is, I’ve never met him, he hasn’t called me, he hasn’t tried to contact the party,” said Jeffrey Becker, director of the Republican Party of Florida. “The main claim to fame I’ve heard is that he tried to sue the president and the vice president. So that’s not exactly a way to engender goodwill on the Republican side. It’s just rather odd.”

Equally surprised was the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), which responded coolly.

“We have a strong field in Florida with people like [State Senator Daniel] Webster, [former Rep. Bill] McCollum, [Rep. Dave] Weldon and [State House speaker] Johnnie Byrd who are experienced leaders in that state,” said Dan Allen, NRSC communications director. “We’re comfortable where we are now knowing that Florida has the potential to be a real competitive race.”

With a seemingly inexhaustible armory of lawsuits, official complaints and Freedom of Information requests, Klayman’s Judicial Watch has zealously pursued politicians for alleged malfeasance.

Initially, the good-governance crusade was aimed at the Clinton administration. The topics he pursued included the circumstances surrounding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, the administration’s fundraising practices, and the former president’s philandering.

With the arrival of the Bush administration, Klayman broadened his sights to include Republicans. In addition to bin Laden and the Senate as a whole, Klayman has pursued Dick Cheney over his ties to Halliburton, which he headed before becoming vice president, and the House and Senate fundraising committees over allegedly selling access to public officials.

Most of Klayman’s high-profile suits and complaints have been dismissed, and his litigious trigger-finger has not endeared him to GOP congressional leaders, the administration, the party’s affiliates — indeed, Republicans in general.

The NRSC was coy about whether Klayman’s legal confrontations with the GOP would undermine Republican support for his candidacy in the event that he won the primary.

“I think ultimately that’s going to be a question that he’s going to have to answer if he does decide to jump into that race,” said Allen.

Klayman now faces a number of challenges. “Given some of the things he’s done, particularly in a Republican primary and with the president’s popularity, he’ll have some explaining to do,” said Republican consultant Dave Winston of the Winston Group.

Klayman has never held political office at the state or federal level. By contrast, the four of GOP candidates have extensive experience and strong grassroots networks. Given Judicial Watch’s considerable donor base, Klayman is expected to have adequate funds.

Sources say Klayman’s campaign plans to emphasize his opposition to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, casting him as the antidote to the liberal New York Democrat.

In the wake of the Elian Gonzales affair, Klayman has taken a number of legal and publicity actions on behalf of Cuban Americans, a powerful political constituency in Miami.

 


TOPICS: Breaking News
KEYWORDS: 2004; judicialwatch; larryklayman
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1 posted on 09/23/2003 10:03:15 AM PDT by areafiftyone
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To: areafiftyone
I vote no.
2 posted on 09/23/2003 10:06:22 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: areafiftyone
I sincerely hope he loses completely and thoroughly.

Oh, and without raising much $. Because he's undoubtedly doing this to raise his profile for $.

He's too greedy and inept for my taste.
3 posted on 09/23/2003 10:07:46 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: EternalVigilance
I vote no too.
4 posted on 09/23/2003 10:08:02 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: FreeTheHostages
I hope he's as successful at this as he is at everything else.
5 posted on 09/23/2003 10:11:23 AM PDT by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: Howlin
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!
6 posted on 09/23/2003 10:15:10 AM PDT by kayak (I support Billybob - www.ArmorforCongress.com)
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To: areafiftyone
Campaign slogan: "Larry Klayman: Ralph Nader without the self-deception"?


(At least I don't think Larry's ever denied he was in it for fame- and all it brings.)

7 posted on 09/23/2003 10:15:28 AM PDT by mrsmith
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To: areafiftyone
"Vote for me, or I'll sue my mommy!"
8 posted on 09/23/2003 10:20:02 AM PDT by Chad Fairbanks ("People never grow up, they just learn how to act in public." - Bryan White)
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To: FreeTheHostages
He's too greedy and inept for my taste.

We wouldn't want a conservative to win... No, we want a Cruz-like dem/lib/socialist/commie to win rather than a Klayman.

9 posted on 09/23/2003 10:23:13 AM PDT by Digger
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To: areafiftyone
This probably qualifies for inclusion in "Weird Florida."

All the goofballs come here, somehow.
10 posted on 09/23/2003 10:28:06 AM PDT by Sam Cree (Democrats are herd animals)
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To: Digger
We wouldn't want a conservative to win... Apparently not, if you're supporting Klayman. He's a loser.
11 posted on 09/23/2003 10:30:52 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Digger
We wouldn't want a conservative to win...

You think Klaypot is a conservative?

12 posted on 09/23/2003 10:34:56 AM PDT by VRWCmember
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To: VRWCmember
lol

good question

Klayman is more in the Alien category
13 posted on 09/23/2003 10:48:54 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: EternalVigilance; FreeTheHostages
Well, the good news is that maybe now Judicial Watch can get a REAL lawyer and attain some success instead of just racking up failed lawsuits. They sued Senator Mitch McConnell (CFR lead) and Elaine Chao (his wife) as well, BTW.

It would sure be nice if they could make this Peter Paul/Hillary thing stick. (not holding my breath )

14 posted on 09/23/2003 10:49:57 AM PDT by Xthe17th (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/repeal17)
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To: Guenevere
I guess he's better than Hillary! or upChuckie Schumer.....
15 posted on 09/23/2003 10:52:07 AM PDT by b4its2late (I souport publik edekashun.)
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To: Xthe17th
good point!
16 posted on 09/23/2003 10:53:20 AM PDT by FreeTheHostages
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To: Xthe17th
You betcha! ;-)
17 posted on 09/23/2003 10:55:52 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: areafiftyone
Sources say Klayman’s campaign plans to emphasize his opposition to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, casting him as the antidote to the liberal New York Democrat.

Sounds like he needs to carpet-bag it to the Empire State and run agianst Hitlary in '06. Would ultimately help to defeat Hildabeast since whoever is the viable Republican candidate (Giuliani?) can let Klayman sling the mud during the primary. Ref: "good cop, bad cop" routine. May even redeem himself to the GOP.

18 posted on 09/23/2003 10:57:05 AM PDT by Xthe17th (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/repeal17)
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To: EternalVigilance
Klayman is great man and a strong Christian.
He would be a fantastic Senator.

The Bushbots are shaming themselves by insulting
him. Klayman is the kind of man of began this country.
He is comes form the same stock that the men
at the Constitutional Convention came form.

Unlike the lowclass rubish that dominates both parties today.
19 posted on 09/23/2003 10:57:15 AM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Princeliberty
Frankly, I have never heard Mr. Klayman enunciate what he stands for. His positions may well be good. It will be interesting to see.



20 posted on 09/23/2003 11:00:24 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: kristinn
see my post#18
21 posted on 09/23/2003 11:01:12 AM PDT by Xthe17th (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/repeal17)
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To: Princeliberty
I bet you bought the Judicial Watch ID Badge wallet, didn't you?
22 posted on 09/23/2003 11:02:32 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: EternalVigilance
Larry Klayman and The Issues
23 posted on 09/23/2003 11:05:53 AM PDT by jgrubbs
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To: jgrubbs
Some of that looks good. Not much substance though.
24 posted on 09/23/2003 11:13:18 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: jgrubbs
Wait, sorry. Didn't know those were links.
25 posted on 09/23/2003 11:15:20 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: Princeliberty
Klayman is the kind of man of began this country.

I wasn't aware that Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and Ben Franklin were a bunch of shysters.

That just proves that since I didn't get a free school breakfast that I couldn't concentrate in class.

26 posted on 09/23/2003 11:16:35 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: jgrubbs
Pretty weak on taxes. Just more of the same ol, same ol---rearranging the deck chairs, so to speak.

Where does he stand on fundamental tax reform?
27 posted on 09/23/2003 11:18:19 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: jgrubbs
How about privatization of Social Security?
28 posted on 09/23/2003 11:19:17 AM PDT by EternalVigilance (Right is right...)
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To: Miss Marple; habs4ever; BigWaveBetty; mountaineer
I bet you bought the Judicial Watch ID Badge wallet, didn't you?

Not only did he get the Badge, he bought the Judical Watch Patrol Car of Justice.


29 posted on 09/23/2003 11:25:27 AM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
LOL!
30 posted on 09/23/2003 11:32:06 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
That looks suspiciously like Barney Fife's patrol car. Given the choice between Larry and Barney, I'd just "nip it in the bud, Ange!" Or, just order the Judicial Watch secret decoder ring:

31 posted on 09/23/2003 12:01:23 PM PDT by mountaineer
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
Klayman burned up at least $50 million dollars "suing people". Probably more like $75 million plus. What did he do? Not much. Can anyone point out any case he won? BTW, their revenue was down about 10 million from 2000 to 2001. Klayman was paid about $280K for 2001.

So why would anyone think he'd be any kind decent Senator? Looks like he'd just pi$$ off more of "other people's money".

If Klayman does get elected maybe he could work on the subject of cleaning up the gross abuse of the "nonprofit" laws in this county. Since he understands them so well.

There are over 850,000 "nonprofits" in America. They basically don't pay taxes and we all subsidize things like their postage costs. And many are in "business" to either push their own political agenda and/or enrich their handlers. Do you realize that the company that publishes "Consumer Reports" is a nonprofit? They are filthy rich. Why don't they pay taxes like the rest of us?

Larry Klayman

32 posted on 09/23/2003 12:18:54 PM PDT by isthisnickcool (Guns!)
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To: EternalVigilance
His a regular radio program as well as many articles
on the WND webpage and has been on Fox before.

He is a strong social conservative and
for small government.
He does not follow the establishment of either
party and thinks for himself.
He is a true conservative in an age were
the term been made a hollow one by neo-conservatives
those who follow the Republican party first and
always put principals second.

33 posted on 09/23/2003 12:43:39 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
No just proves you can slander without regard for the
truth. I guess you don't realize also that number
of his lawsuits also were for Bush covering
up the scandals of the Clintons rather than
investigatiing them.

And he was going after Clinton in real way while
Republicans played chicken.
34 posted on 09/23/2003 12:45:47 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: areafiftyone
At one time, it appeared that Paula Jones' case against Klinton was going to be dismissed and nothing would come of it.

Unfortunately for Klinton, he conspired with others to hide information from the court that was ruled relevant to that case. When this came to light, it led to Klinton's impeachment.

The Judicial Watch case representing Gennifer Flowers has gone through a similar phase. It appeared that she would not get her day in court until an appeals court reversed a lower court ruling dismissing the case.

One might hope that Gennifer's case could have the same impact on Hillary; that is, Hillary will take steps ( or has taken steps ) to hide the truth and that the revelation of these steps will at least reduce the unbelievably high regard that some Demoncrats hold for her.

The Peter Paul case has the same potential to reveal wrong-doing on Hillary's part. Some time back, federal authorities siezed stored records regarding the fundraising that Peter Paul helped organize.

Given the high visibility that either of these cases might generate, whether settled out of court or litigated, I find it surprising that Klayman would distance himself from those efforts.

Additionally, the conspiracy-minded among us might wonder if some back-room deal has been made in which powerful people, perhaps those with access to FBI records, might use their influence to diminish Demoncrat opposition to a Klayman candidacy.

The Adam's case against union thuggery seems to have devolved into some battle over control of the case, jeopardizing a judgement in favor of the Adamses.

If the Flowers case and the Peter Paul case also dissolve throught ineffective litigation, one might wonder just what is really happening.

Whatever one might think of Klayman, it would be hard to claim that this development was predictable.

35 posted on 09/23/2003 12:49:26 PM PDT by William Tell
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To: Princeliberty
He is no Republican. If he wants to run, it should be as an independent.

Is there something wrong with your keyboard?
36 posted on 09/23/2003 12:51:05 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
He is no Republican. If he wants to run, it should be as an independent.

So should Arnold. :-)

37 posted on 09/23/2003 1:14:18 PM PDT by jmc813 (Check out the FR Big Brother 4 thread! http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/chat/943368/posts)
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
[Klayman] is no Republican. If he wants to run, it should be as an independent.

VICE PRESIDENT CHENEY SUED PERSONALLY FOR ALLEGED STOCK FRAUD

Alleged Fraudulent Accounting Practices Occurred At Halliburton

PRESS CONFERENCE
Date: July 10, 2002
Time: 9:00 A.M.
Location: Sheraton Hotel Parlor 1, 495 Brickell Ave Miami, FL

(Washington, D.C.) Judicial Watch, the group that investigates and prosecutes corruption by government officials, announced today that it is filing a shareholders suit in Dallas, Texas, against Vice President Dick Cheney and the other involved directors of Halliburton, as well as Halliburton itself, for alleged fraudulent accounting practices which resulted in the overvaluation of the company’s shares, thereby deceiving investors and others.
"This cannot be permitted if our democracy is to survive,” stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
A press conference will be held in Miami at 9:00 A.M. at the Sheraton Hotel at 495 Brickell Avenue to announce and detail this suit.

RUN, LARRY, RUN

38 posted on 09/23/2003 1:42:51 PM PDT by henbane
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To: Digger
We wouldn't want a conservative to win...

Actually, I believe Klayman is "nonpartisan" some of the time.

39 posted on 09/23/2003 1:44:35 PM PDT by AmishDude
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs
"Given Judicial Watch’s considerable donor base, Klayman is expected to have adequate funds. "

What is their donor base? JW has refused to make donor info public. I suspect that he is bankrolled by one very wealthy industrialist who is anti-Bush for protectionist reasons.

Look for Klayman to end up in legal trouble for violating campaign finance laws.

40 posted on 09/23/2003 2:53:06 PM PDT by bayourod
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To: bayourod
What is their donor base?


41 posted on 09/23/2003 5:15:57 PM PDT by Hillary's Lovely Legs (There is no shame in being poor, just dressing poorly)
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To: Princeliberty
I thought Klayman was Jewish - are you sure?
42 posted on 09/23/2003 5:20:22 PM PDT by M. Peach (eschew obsfucation)
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To: areafiftyone
Larry will give a good sound bite to off-set the crap broadcast each evening......I vote yes.
43 posted on 09/23/2003 5:20:34 PM PDT by pointsal
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To: M. Peach; justshe; Amelia; Howlin; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; Southflanknorthpawsis
I thought Klayman was Jewish - are you sure?


Is anyone ever sure about lar klaymer?........ Maybe his mom disowned him after he sued her........
44 posted on 09/23/2003 6:11:28 PM PDT by deport (Man with one clock knows the time..... man with two clocks doesn't know the time)
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To: areafiftyone
Ambulance chaser...no thanks.

Weldon would get my backing.

45 posted on 09/23/2003 6:31:45 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (There are two things in the middle of the road. Roadkill, and a yellow stripe.)
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To: M. Peach
Yes and I have meet him and talked to him.

46 posted on 09/23/2003 6:36:22 PM PDT by Princeliberty
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To: Miss Marple; Howlin; deport; William Wallace; Chancellor Palpatine
I'm moving...

Like if we didn't have enough problems.
47 posted on 09/23/2003 7:26:23 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez ("As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - Abraham Lincoln)
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To: Luis Gonzalez
Mark my words, he is going to screw up the primary, and file lawsuits against Jeb Bush. He is not a friend of Republicans, as I am sure you agree.
48 posted on 09/23/2003 7:30:29 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Luis Gonzalez
LOL....... Heck he's been living there for several years..... why move now? He's just gonna make for some interesting primary quotes.....
49 posted on 09/23/2003 7:30:38 PM PDT by deport
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To: Miss Marple
Larry's a friend to no one.
50 posted on 09/23/2003 7:35:06 PM PDT by Luis Gonzalez ("As a nation of freemen, we must live through all time, or die by suicide." - Abraham Lincoln)
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