Rob Simmons is Unconvinced

A statement from Simmons:

“Now that the World’s Most Exclusive Club has – surprise, surprise – given a pass to one of its own, we still await the day when Sen. Dodd will live up to his pledge of full transparency and make his mortgage documents public so the people of Connecticut can judge for themselves whether or not the VIP, ‘Friend of Angelo’ treatment he received was appropriate for a sitting United States Senator who, as chairman of the Banking and Housing Committee, held a position of significant authority over those industries.”

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23 responses to “Rob Simmons is Unconvinced

  1. I think Simmons makes a valid point. As the current administration and the majority party is fighting to sell its healthcare plan to America the last thing they would do is issue a damning ethics reports on one of the key drafters of the proposal. If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings. To say Dodd had no idea he was getting special treatment is a stretch. What is the point of VIP program if the VIP’s do not know anything about it.

  2. If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings.

    Hahaha, that’s great. I take it, then, that you know nothing about the Senate Ethics committee?

  3. If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings.

    Oh, really?

  4. If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings.

    Connecticut does not have a bipartisan legislative ethics committee.

    The US Senate Ethics Committee is bipartisan.

    To say Dodd had no idea he was getting special treatment is a stretch. What is the point of VIP program if the VIP’s do not know anything about it.

    The ethics committee’s report says there is “no evidence that you (Dodd) or your wife ever asked for special treatment or that anyone ever communicated to you or your family that you were receiving specific discounts or other special treatment not available to other borrowers because of your status as a Senator.” And it doesn’t stop there. It also confirms that the interest rates he received were not below market rates.

  5. Rob Simmons should probably be more concerned that Peter Schiff has raised over $626k as of 7pm and may very well pass Simmons’ fundraising total today, without having officially announced yet.

  6. SouthernWreck

    Simmons on my car radio on I-91 – aieeee!

    Paranoid elderly twerp!

  7. Rob Simmons should probably be more concerned that Peter Schiff has raised over $626k as of 7pm and may very well pass Simmons’ fundraising total today, without having officially announced yet.

    Yep.
    Schiff has raised over $650,000 as of this post, and he still hasn’t even decided if he is running!

  8. SouthernWreck

    Dodd has more smarts and more heartfelt concern for all CT citizens, birthers, anti-health-insurance-reform crazies, and Tea-Baggers included, than all these I-got-mine possibilities y’all go on about.

    Depth, understanding of what a family is about, what jobs are about, and a decent wise take on the fat-cats. Yeah, he got sucked in by a corporate vacuum, but do you GOP losers really believe he was on the phone with Countrywide?? – you’re nuts – he said, honey, get us a good deal, and Jackie probably did just that, corporate VIP buzzwords be damned.

    It ain’t about a JohnRowland chase for riches – the guy has got what he needs. He even did the Iowa thing, which I am sure was an epiphany.

    Chris Dodd doesn’t renegotiate his mortgage on the phone – somebody else handled this, and he shoulda been more stand-up, but there was bigger stuff going down in DC. The Senate did its thing and it’s over. Let’s move on – Rowland did his time – you don’t here me or other righteous progressives calling for more!?!

    Simmons has got about a quarter of the legislative expertise that Dodd has; historically it’s so clear – and a dope of sorts, he hired Healy. That is enough for me. I want intelligence and dedication at that Capitol, not a dead agenda-monger living in 1979. GOP – please join us in the 21st century?

  9. Dodd has more smarts and more heartfelt concern for all CT citizens, birthers, anti-health-insurance-reform crazies, and Tea-Baggers included, than all these I-got-mine possibilities y’all go on about.

    Wreck, did you say crazies? Many in your party still think 9-11 was an inside job led by George Bush. Yea, all the smart people are on your side!

  10. SouthernWreck

    I can’t speak for “my party’s” rash sentiments about the dysfunctional Bushies, both of them. There is enough conspiratorial illegal creepiness about their antics in the last century and this past decade to satisfy me that they are history’s dreck – small cowardly people, with no class, no sense of the American idea.

    The people, one guy in particular, who reacted bizarrely to Dodd when he pulled over and tried to start a conversation – the guy was on SSI, federal welfare, with a serious back problem, unable to work – and no insurance, saying if he needed treatment, he’d pay out of pocket. Crazies, yes.

    Standing across the street from the Dodd event, with signs, jeers, and a crowd of other angry know-nothings, not millionaires who dread that extra ten grand or so at tax time, but working and non-working stiffs – and you tell me that ain’t crazy? Those who would benefit most from such a plan (or their kids at least, if they’re too far gone).

    The guy was brainwashed or stupid, and then would not engage with Dodd – enough said. The people coming out to bash this idea of health insurance reform are tools, pure and simple, or as noted, brainwashed by the likes of the right-wing noise machine. Angry, stupid, and yes, a little crazy. Read the damn bill, people. Listen to your reps.

    Insurance companies and the likes of Rick Scott and Dick Armey are screwing the ordinary American every day. Fear and lies and ignorance. And you guys are their willing cohort, a few years shy of Medicare, our great socialist experiment!

    The tragedy of September 11, made possible by an egotistical boor who ignored an important intelligence update, (while on one of many vacations in Crawford), now almost eight years ago to the day – it was that long ago, man, let it go.

    Yeah, health insurance reform is all about euthanasia and killing Sarah Palin’s baby. Real sane colloquy, led by Beck, Hannity, and the Princess of the Tundra.

    Read Pearlstein today, the conservative business guy, in WaPo. Fear and lies, nothing more, only something the crazy and fearful will swallow.

  11. I can’t speak for “my party’s” rash sentiments about the dysfunctional Bushies, both of them. There is enough conspiratorial illegal creepiness about their antics in the last century and this past decade to satisfy me that they are history’s dreck – small cowardly people, with no class, no sense of the American idea.

    SWreck, I’n not sure I follow you. Are you saying that the people in your party that believe 9-11 was an inside job are a bunch of kooks or are you saying you agree with them?

  12. SouthernWreck, your posts are train wrecks. If I didn’t know better (maybe I don’t), I’d think that TrueBlue changed his name again, or that CTKeith came back from the dead. Your entire theme is “Bushes are bad, Dodd is smart, and the government knows what’s best for these whack jobs who have the nerve to exercise their First Amendment rights,” and that’s as stupid as it sounds.

  13. If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings.

    Huh? You do know the Senate ethics committee is split evenly between Rs and Ds, right? And that the Rs are not exactly cuddly, moderate Rs either?

  14. Thomas Hooker

    I think Simmons makes a valid point. ..If the Senate ethics were bipartisan in make up like the ones formed here in CT I would give more weight to thier findings. To say Dodd had no idea he was getting special treatment is a stretch. What is the point of VIP program if the VIP’s do not know anything about it.

    The Senate Ethics Committee is bipartisan: three Democrats and three Republicans. And none of the Republicans objected to the finding that was published by the committee, no dissenting report. Nada. So it is simply not true to suggest that this was a partisan finding. Republicans and Democrats alike on that committee all signed the letter finding that Dodd was not guilty of receiving any favors at all from Countrywide. Read the letter and you will see the signatures of all three Republicans on the committee.

    The committee also found that the so-called VIP treatment from Countrywide frequently resulted in the VIP paying higher rates than average borrowers! That’s in the letter.

  15. SouthernWreck

    Dobb, Puf:

    Yeah, call them kooks, I get that. I also think the anti-Health Insurance crowd is not about free speech rights – check this out:

    “Yesterday evening I was to attend to the Health Care summit with(D) Rep Betty Reed and(D) Rep Kathy Castor, I’m a Precinct Captain (203) in Tampa and we received our talking points to rebut any NEGATIVE GOP talking points on healthcare. I never made it in the building. I’ve never in my life really experience outright racism in a public place. Signs of Obama hung in effigy, racial slurs on signs, people chanting negative words ( too many to list) and outright screaming at Obama supporters. The hatred was in their eyes and they actually scared me for a moment. At first I was shocked, then a little scared and then I got outright mad in the span of 1 minute………….. I actually left (the “hood” would have come out). I was totally blown away it was a mad house. I’m kinda mad at my self now, because I left. I’m still shaking my head in awe………………..I’m still cold inside.” An e-mail to T. Coates, an Atlantic Magazine blogger.

    I used to think CT GOP had more going on, that rants about Acorn and socialism were fringe stuff – but now it’s mainstream, and basically, this sort of thing above is the current message, thanks to MSM (Beck, et al.)

    Insurance companies are screwing the little guy. It’s clear, and the recent AnthemWellpoint rate thing is just an indicator.

    The GOP is the party of “NO”. The party of the very rich, the Rick Scotts and the Hannity’s, the Cheney’s and their lackeys, and they have turned a corner with this health-insurance reform initiative response. Mitch McConnell as a standard bearer – the poster boy for “special interests”!

    The fact that the guy on federal welfare (like the whackjobs who fail to recognize the utter “single payer” aspect of their Medicare, while waving their signs and shouting down their Congresswoman) would not engage Dodd when he tried to sound out those people, have a real conversation, that says it all for me. They run from real discussion, because they have only their message of hate and division, fear of the “other” – the Rick Scott and Dick Armey message. Tools.

  16. Schiff should worry more about signatures than $$$ if he ever wants to be a candidate for Senate.

  17. BohemianBill

    Lawrence O’Donnel on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show” on Thursday evening, 7 August 2009, gave Schiff the best education in politics that Schiff will ever receive. O’Donnel flensed Schiff completely, showing Schiff for the buffoonish political neophyte he really is. Schiff couldn’t or wouldn’t answer one hard question O’Donnel posed, always hoping to get away with giving the simpleton sound-bite answers the hard-core free-marketers know always work. I hope Schiff gets the nomination. Dodd likely does too.

  18. Lawrence O’Donnel on MSNBC’s “The Ed Show”

    Fortunately for Schiff, it appears you’re one of the few to see it.

    Cable News Ratings

    MSNBC doesn’t make the top 30 on cable during prime time or all day; getting out-viewed by better than two to one by things like The Food Network.

  19. @BohemianBill,

    if by neophyt you mean he’s an average citizen who doesnt want to make a career out of politics like all those other sleazy weasels in washington then your right.

    schiff cleverly didn’t fall for O’Donnel’s tactic of trying to elicit an out of context sound bite. O’Donnel is a dirty political hack. It’s devious men like him that made a cesspool of washington.

  20. BohemianBill

    @ Michael Shipley,

    Schiff most certainly collapsed before O’Donnel’s quesioning, never being able to respond to any question O’Donnel posed. Any time somebody uses the expression “out of context” one knows that what was being said was a deliberate lie or falsehood. O’Donnel wasn’t being devious, since he addressed Schiff directly and Schiff’s positions directly. It was Schiff who refused to clearly state his position. Now that we’ve made that clear, just which one was the devious party in the discussion. Your ad hominem attacks agains O’Donnel don’t rectify Schiff’s total failure. Schiff proved he is the ideological buffoon any thinking person would think he should be.

  21. BohemianBill

    @ACR,

    Of course MSNBC doesn’t make the top thirty of entertainment channels. Oh, when you point out that Faux Noise is included in that list, I’ll just comment beforehand that I rest my case.

  22. @ACR,

    Don’t look now, this is a blog, not twitter.

    Go ahead and stick your head in the sand; were not MORE liberals now watching Fox having given up on the rest, their ratings wouldn’t continue to climb.

    Fox News is 3rd overall for ALL cable programing, and has more viewers than all the other cable news channels combined.

    See for yourself in the links at post #18

  23. BohemianBill,

    This hit job on Schiff is being universally panned all over the blogosphere. It’s obvious O’Donnel wasn’t interested in Schiffs views, he was just out to get him.

    Listen to it again. O’Donnel jack hammered Schiff repeatedly, interrupting him over and over, trying to get an out of context sound bite of Schiff saying he would raise taxes, while conveniently leaving out how he’d lower taxes elsewhere to compensate, making it tax neutral. O’Donnel is undoubtedly on Dodd’s payroll.

    If you look at O’Donnels other “interrogations” of republicans, you can see a pattern of him focusing on one question over and over, making it look like the guest is trying to hide something, when they are not. That’s dirty.

    Democrat hit men like O’Donnel are only interested in trying to demonize Republicans. Americans are fed up with this type of dirty political tactic. We want the truth, we want fair debate, not dirty attacks.

    As a contrast, did you see Schiff attacking O’Donnel like O’Donnel did him? No. Schiff was respectful. Schiff is the type of person we need in Congress. All he wants to do is to fix this problem, not attack people.

    Oh, and speaking of ad hominem attacks, how is Schiff an ideological “bafoon?” Be specific. Exactly what do you not agree with? Just calling him names isn’t good enough.

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