Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Norman Hsu

Let me guess how Hillary Clinton will react to the revelations about Norman Hsu:

"I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, 'What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me?' I was furious and getting more so by the second."

Actually, I think that defense would be her last resort.

For now, her campaign is acting clueless.

From the Los Angeles Times:

For the last 15 years, California authorities have been trying to figure out what happened to a businessman named Norman Hsu, who pleaded no contest to grand theft, agreed to serve up to three years in prison and then seemed to vanish.

"He is a fugitive," Ronald Smetana, who handled the case for the state attorney general, said in an interview. "Do you know where he is?"

Hsu, it seems, has been hiding in plain sight, at least for the last three years.

Since 2004, one Norman Hsu has been carving out a prominent place of honor among Democratic fundraisers. He has funneled hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions into party coffers, much of it earmarked for presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

In addition to making his own contributions, Hsu has honed the practice of assembling packets of checks from contributors who bear little resemblance to the usual Democratic deep pockets: A self-described apparel executive with a variety of business interests, Hsu has focused on delivering hefty contributions from citizens who live modest lives and are neophytes in the world of campaign giving.

On Tuesday, E. Lawrence Barcella Jr. -- a Washington lawyer who represents the Democratic fundraiser -- confirmed that Hsu was the same man who was involved in the California case. Barcella said his client did not remember pleading to a criminal charge and facing the prospect of jail time. Hsu remembers the episode as part of a settlement with creditors when he also went through bankruptcy, Barcella said.

...As a Democratic rainmaker, Hsu -- who graduated from UC Berkeley and the Wharton School of Business -- is credited with donating nearly $500,000 to national and local party candidates and their political committees in the last three years. He earned a place in the Clinton campaign's "HillRaiser" group by pledging to raise more than $100,000 for her presidential bid.

Records show that Hsu helped raise an additional $500,000 from other sources for Clinton and other Democrats.

"Norman Hsu is a longtime and generous supporter of the Democratic Party and its candidates, including Sen. Clinton," Howard Wolfson, a spokesman for the campaign, said Tuesday.

"During Mr. Hsu's many years of active participation in the political process, there has been no question about his integrity or his commitment to playing by the rules, and we have absolutely no reason to call his contributions into question or to return them."

It's clear that Hillary is going to play the "I'm clueless" card -- AGAIN.

Her supporters don't seem to care when Hillary claims to be a victim.

Does the name David Rosen ring a bell?

If Hillary and her people are so stupid when it comes to fundraising, can she really be trusted to run the country?

If she's so willing to tolerate corruption in her campaign, what does that say about the sort of leadership we can expect from Hillary?

I guess it's says that she's a lot like Bill.

To quote Michelle Obama:

"If you can't run your own house, you can't run the White House."

My question for Hillary's supporters:

Is it worse for presidential candidate Hillary to be a liar, or to be so stupid that she doesn't realize people are lying?


Anonymous said...

In the words of your own quote...

"We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop."


Mary said...

Right. Hillary wants every drop she can get.

Anonymous said...

convince me that Bush, or any other Republicans, is any better...

Mary said...

Better in what sense?

Unknown said...

She’ll give the money back because she was caught. That makes her a hero. Ha! If Hsu had been giving money to republicans, it would be on the front page of every newspaper, on network TV 24/7, and they all would be expected to withdraw and resign. That would be before the extended senate hearings. What a joke! Now that she's been caught, all her supporters can do is repeat the usual mantras - Bush is dumb, Bush lied & people died... Blah blah blah. Boring! If you can't see how crooked Hillary is, and how she would do & say anything to get elected, you have a major denial problem. The thought of her shrill, fishwife voice screeching from a presidential podium is just bone chilling. This is not to mention Bill riding into the Whitehouse on her coat tails.

Gee, Hsu's lawyers don't know where he is?? Hopefully, for his sake he isn't keeping Vince Foster company.

Obama is going to donate the money to charity? That's rich! He takes crooked money & scores a tax deduction! Way to go, Barry H!

Mary said...

Yes, if Hsu had been bankrolling Republican candidates this would be dominating the news. It would be front page, lead story stuff.

I don't think there's any question about that.

chaseru said...

As noted at Janet Reno is on the Board of Directors of the Innocence Project, which is the organization that Hsu chose to send his suicide note to.

Mary said...