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Larry Klayman enters race for Fla. senate
AP | 10/09/03 | JENNIFER C. KERR

Posted on 10/09/2003 11:56:37 AM PDT by kattracks

WASHINGTON (AP) — What do Bill and Hillary Clinton, Dick Cheney, Osama bin Laden and Fidel Castro have in common? Each has been sued by Larry Klayman.

The prosecutor-turned-watchdog also has brought cases against Iraq, the State Department, the Teamsters — even his mother.

Now, after nearly a decade of legal activism, Klayman is turning his attention to politics. He has entered the race for the Republican nomination for the Florida Senate seat held by Bob Graham, who ended his Democratic presidential bid this week.

"I want to take the fight for honesty, the fight for ethics, inside the U.S. government," Klayman said.

Klayman's lawsuit against his mother has provided fodder for detractors. An aide to Senate campaign rival Bill McCollum, a former Republican congressman, said Floridians could never elect someone who sued his own mother.

Klayman said he took his mother to court over health care financing for his ailing grandmother. He defended the decision, saying that at the time he did not know his mother was suffering from dementia and that he was simply trying to protect his grandmother.

"She was the closest person in my life," he said of his grandmother. "She raised me."

Klayman's penchant for litigation is so pronounced it is difficult to find people to talk about him; some are afraid of being sued.

"He opens up all the elephant guns in cases that perhaps don't really require that," said Paul Rothstein, a law professor at Georgetown University.

Born in Philadelphia, the 52-year-old Klayman is a former Justice Department lawyer and international trade attorney. He became renowned — critics say infamous — after founding the conservative, Washington-based watchdog group Judicial Watch in 1994. He gave up a $250,000-a-year salary with the organization to run in Florida, where he has had a home since 1977.

Most of Judicial Watch's money comes from small contributions. But Klayman said the group also has bigger checks coming in, including about $1 million a year from Richard Mellon Scaife, a billionaire philanthropist and vehement critic of the Clintons.

At the outset, Judicial Watch's primary target was the Clintons and their administration. By Klayman's count there were about 80 lawsuits. Among others, he represented Gennifer Flowers in a defamation lawsuit against Hillary Clinton. Flowers claimed she had an affair with Bill Clinton.

Former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., said Klayman believes no one should be above the law.

"He feels very strongly in the rule of law and strict adherence to the rule of law and that people need to be held accountable," said Barr, Klayman's friend.

Klayman described Judicial Watch as a nonpartisan "private Justice Department," a label his critics take issue with.

"I'm not aware of him constantly pulling Republicans into court the way he did the Democrats," said Melanie Sloan, executive director of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a Democratic-leaning watchdog group.

Still, after dogging the Clintons for years, Klayman's highest-profile target has been a fellow Republican — Cheney.

Judicial Watch sued Cheney last year after the vice president refused to make public the records of his energy task force meetings. The suit seeks to determine the role of business executives and industry lobbyists in formulating the Bush administration's energy plan in 2001.

Klayman said the public needs to know what went on in those meetings. Cheney's lawyers have said the documents involved sensitive deliberations and they are appealing a judge's order to release them.

"He's not a bad guy but he got carried away with his power," Klayman said of Cheney. "I'm actually doing him a service by opening up his task force because if you keep that stuff secret then it raises an inference that he did something wrong."

Klayman characterizes himself as a Jack Kemp-style Republican — a socially conscious fiscal conservative. He said he will run on issues such as improving homeland security and lowering prescription drug prices.

While his days of filing suits against the Clintons are over, at least for now, he has not forgotten the former first couple. When he announced his candidacy, Klayman told supporters that if elected to serve with Hillary Clinton, now a New York senator, he will be her "worst nightmare."



TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: 2004; larryklayman
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1 posted on 10/09/2003 11:56:38 AM PDT by kattracks
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To: kattracks
(popping popcorn)
2 posted on 10/09/2003 11:58:49 AM PDT by martin_fierro (The trivmphant retvrn of A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: kattracks
Will he get his Mom's endorsement?
3 posted on 10/09/2003 11:59:39 AM PDT by John Beresford Tipton
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To: kattracks
Will he poll more than Huge Clinton?
4 posted on 10/09/2003 11:59:42 AM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: All
Hi mom!
5 posted on 10/09/2003 12:01:00 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: martin_fierro
(breaking out beverages to go with that popcorn)
6 posted on 10/09/2003 12:01:18 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Catspaw
(make mine diet Pepsi, please)
7 posted on 10/09/2003 12:05:51 PM PDT by martin_fierro (The trivmphant retvrn of A v v n c v l v s M a x i m v s)
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To: kattracks
So he's still in the same business then, soliciting donations.
8 posted on 10/09/2003 12:07:04 PM PDT by CaptRon
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To: CaptRon; Amelia; justshe; deport; Howlin; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
So he's still in the same business then, soliciting donations.

ROFLOL !!!

9 posted on 10/09/2003 12:09:22 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
Methinks his level of support around here dropped precipitiously of late.
10 posted on 10/09/2003 12:11:28 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Hehehehe.....methinks you're right.
11 posted on 10/09/2003 12:12:14 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Gee, you think so? LOL.
12 posted on 10/09/2003 12:13:34 PM PDT by NeoCaveman (Dem's keep losing and losing and losing)
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
Klayman described Judicial Watch as a nonpartisan "private Justice Department,"

GUFFAW!!!


13 posted on 10/09/2003 12:14:11 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: martin_fierro
(I'll take a regular Coke, ice cold, no ice, thanks very much)
14 posted on 10/09/2003 12:14:22 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: John Beresford Tipton
He gave up a $250,000-a-year salary with the organization to run in Florida, where he has had a home since 1977.

But did his wife give up hers?

15 posted on 10/09/2003 12:15:10 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
TOO FUNNY!
16 posted on 10/09/2003 12:15:49 PM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: onyx
Feinberg counters in court documents that her mother gave her the money, no strings attached. She says she was paying for her mother's care in Pennsylvania but opposed her son's decision to move her to Washington. She adds that she never agreed to pay medical bills that she says Klayman rang up because he neglected to win preapproval for his grandmother's treatment with her health insurer.

"I did not in March 1997, promise Larry Klayman that I would pay him for any medical or other expenses he might incur on behalf of my mother Yetta Goldberg," she stated in a sworn affidavit. "On the contrary," she continued, "on that occasion, Larry Klayman was verbally abusive to me and to my aunt (Yetta Goldberg's sister), which forced us to leave his house and go to a hotel for the night. Moreover, on this occasion, Larry Klayman's wife, Stephanie Klayman, was crying while Larry Klayman was screaming at my aunt and me."

17 posted on 10/09/2003 12:18:28 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA !!!!
18 posted on 10/09/2003 12:23:06 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: onyx
May he be as successful in this as everything else he has tried.
19 posted on 10/09/2003 12:25:03 PM PDT by Soliton (Alone with everyone else.)
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To: Howlin
And wasn't it all over $50,000.00? Considering what Larry earns, he should have covered that in order to avoid suing his mom.
20 posted on 10/09/2003 12:26:54 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Soliton
Ditto your sentiments. :-)
21 posted on 10/09/2003 12:29:06 PM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: onyx
You guys all voted for Schwarzenegger too, am I correct?
22 posted on 10/09/2003 12:30:33 PM PDT by Maelstrom (To prevent misinterpretation or abuse of the Constitution:The Bill of Rights limits government power)
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To: Howlin; Southflanknorthpawsis
He has a WIFE? (Thanks for the ping, Southie.)
23 posted on 10/09/2003 12:31:13 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Sure, I've got baggage...but it's really cute, and all the pieces match.)
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
He sued for a lot more than that, but settled for about $15,000 out of court. I'm not sure who paid who........LOL.
24 posted on 10/09/2003 12:32:01 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
http://www.klaymansenate.com/
25 posted on 10/09/2003 12:32:51 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Maelstrom
Who is "you guys all" ?

I voted for Arnold, can't speak for the others here, many of whom live outside CA.
26 posted on 10/09/2003 12:34:37 PM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: kattracks
An ambulance chaser. No Thanks.
27 posted on 10/09/2003 12:36:26 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (Politicians that can not trust citizens with a firearm are not trustworthy to have power.)
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To: kattracks
Larry Klayman is a flim-flam man. He is out only for Larry and he's a contemptable jerk. Hope he gets slimed and his organization goes down the tubes. Make he and his staff all get real jobs instead of continuing to scam the system.
28 posted on 10/09/2003 12:36:26 PM PDT by Dave S
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To: kattracks
Larry Klayman is a flim-flam man. He is out only for Larry and he's a contemptable jerk. Hope he gets slimed and his organization goes down the tubes. Make he and his staff all get real jobs instead of continuing to scam the system.
29 posted on 10/09/2003 12:36:29 PM PDT by Dave S
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To: Howlin; deport; Southflanknorthpawsis; justshe; Amelia; Scenic Sounds
I can't decide which picture on that site is the funniest. Maybe this one:


30 posted on 10/09/2003 12:37:08 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Sure, I've got baggage...but it's really cute, and all the pieces match.)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
He has a WIFE?

Poor thing !!!! I wonder how many times she's been sued.

31 posted on 10/09/2003 12:37:34 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Chancellor Palpatine
Ping to 30. : ) (How did I miss you?)
32 posted on 10/09/2003 12:37:54 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Sure, I've got baggage...but it's really cute, and all the pieces match.)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
LOL......that IS a good one.
33 posted on 10/09/2003 12:38:26 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: Southflanknorthpawsis
Poor thing !!!! I wonder how many times she's been sued.

Well, look on the bright side. She probably wasn't sued successfully. ; )

34 posted on 10/09/2003 12:39:03 PM PDT by DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet (Sure, I've got baggage...but it's really cute, and all the pieces match.)
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Don't eat the cheese...
35 posted on 10/09/2003 12:39:37 PM PDT by Luke FReeman (-)(-)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
ZING!! :O)
36 posted on 10/09/2003 12:40:11 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
So noble, so powerful.....
37 posted on 10/09/2003 12:40:57 PM PDT by Chancellor Palpatine
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To: Howlin
*snork*
38 posted on 10/09/2003 12:41:20 PM PDT by Catspaw
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To: Howlin
Well, I am torn as to which is my favorite portion of the site - "All About Larry" or "Ask Larry," in which we can submit questions and he will answer them!

I have a few questions for him, but I bet he won't answer.

39 posted on 10/09/2003 12:43:01 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
What building is that?
40 posted on 10/09/2003 12:43:30 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: Howlin
That building is probably his grandmother's new nursing home. She has a small room in the basement, and the rest is occupied by the Klayman for Senate offices.
41 posted on 10/09/2003 12:45:11 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Catspaw
I'm keeping this thread open, waiting to see when somebody drops by to tell us all how "unprincipled" and "unconservative" we are because we don't support this guy.
42 posted on 10/09/2003 12:45:14 PM PDT by Howlin
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To: kattracks
KLAYMAN FOR SENATE

VOTE FOR ME OR I'LL SUE YOU!

43 posted on 10/09/2003 12:45:38 PM PDT by strela ("It's about governance. It's not about sermons." Brooks Firestone)
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To: kattracks; Mulder; AAABEST
Former Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., said Klayman believes no one should be above the law.

GO Larry GO!!

I'll tell a few of my friends in Florida about Larry's candidacy. In fact I'll be going there next weekend to visit my goddaughter.

44 posted on 10/09/2003 12:46:21 PM PDT by Fred Mertz
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To: Howlin
#22 to me --- I think that was a lack of "principles" *hint*
45 posted on 10/09/2003 12:47:41 PM PDT by onyx (Ask the Indian$)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
LOL !!!
46 posted on 10/09/2003 12:50:24 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: CaptRon
How conflicted the media must be over this.

They must want to print positive things about Klayman, because of his attack on Cheney, but that's no-no since he's running as a Republican.

Poor things.

47 posted on 10/09/2003 12:52:46 PM PDT by kattracks
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To: Howlin; DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet
Don't know what building but the URL says something about cuber. Has he made a trip to Cuba? I know he sued them and Castro in the International court.

48 posted on 10/09/2003 12:52:53 PM PDT by deport (The Many, The Proud, The Winners)
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To: DaughterOfAnIwoJimaVet; Howlin
I see the resident LPer is on board with ol' Lar. What more needs to be said?
49 posted on 10/09/2003 12:53:34 PM PDT by Southflanknorthpawsis
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To: kattracks
WHY ISN'T THE TITLE TO THIS POST ALL IN CAPS?
50 posted on 10/09/2003 12:54:07 PM PDT by Aeronaut (In my humble opinion, the new expression for backing down from a fight should be called 'frenching')
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