Romney, Delahunt, Hugo Chavez and wind money

Mitt Romney once thanked Venezuela's Hugo Chávez, now he condemns him

D.C.'s "Revolving Door" helps Delahunt fund his recent Machiavellian moves

By Walter Brooks

"Windfall" for our lobbyist pol

The Boston Globe reports today that the late, unlamented U.S. Rep. for Cape Cod, the South Shore and the Islands,William D. Delahunt, using his "revolving door" influence in D.C., got his neighboring town, Hull, a $1.7 million a federal earmarks for an offshore energy program.
      Now, a year after the Quincy Democrat left Congress after 18 years, his new consulting firm stands to receive $72,000 from the same pot of money under a no-bid contract Hull has offered for strategic guidance on the project.
      This is the guy who spent the last decade trying to stop wind power on Cape Cod at the bidding of his puppet-master, the late Sen Kennedy.

The Miami Herald reports that Mitt Romney, perhaps gearing up to talk hawkish foreign policy to South Florida Republicans after today's South Carolina primary votes, put out a statement Thursday condemning Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, the South American anti-American ruler whom Mitt and friend ex-Congressman William Delahunt once lauded for helping Massachusetts get cheaper oil.

"The new year is young, but Venezuela's Hugo Chávez has wasted no time in continuing his string of outrageous and embarrassing actions," Romney said.

He continued saying, "His (Chávez) consul general was expelled from Miami after she was discovered to have plotted cyber-attacks on U.S. nuclear facilities.

"In response, he disenfranchised thousands of expatriate Venezuelans who oppose him by ordering the closure of the Miami consulate."

You are who you hug

The Miami newspaper reminds us that seven years ago, however, then-Massachusetts Governor Romney said he was grateful to a Democratic Massachusetts Congressman, William Delahunt.

On Sunday, January 22, 2012, the New York Times reported that Delahunt's firm, the Delahunt Group, stands to collect $90,000 or more for six months of work from the town of Hull, on Massachusetts Bay, with 80 percent of it coming from the pot of money he created through a pair of Energy Department grants in his final term in office, records and interviews show.

The newspaper went on to say that experts in federal earmarking — a practice of financing pet projects that has been forsaken by many members of Congress as a toxic symbol of political abuse — said they could not recall a case in which a former lawmaker stood to benefit so directly from an earmark he had authorized. Mr. Delahunt’s firm is seeking a review of the arrangement from the Energy Department.

You are who you hug - Bill and Hugo happily hugging.
In March of 2009, The Globe reported that then-Congressman Delahunt had a "very positive and constructive conversation" with Chavez.

"Delahunt, who has visited with Chavez previously, said he came away from the meeting at the presidential palace Thursday night 'feeling better about the possibilities between the United States and Venezuela.'"

A Cuban-American group in D.C. reports that former U.S. Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) has begun a public relations campaign to salvage his old friend, Venezuelan tyrant Hugo Chavez.

In an interview with the Venezuelan newspaper Ultimas Noticias, Delahunt said, "That will exists between Caracas and Washington because this relationship is sincerely very important for both countries and I think it will happen if we work on it."

The Bellotti of the Boondocks - What have you done bad for us lately, Mr. Delahunt?

Those were the days my friend...

But boy, did they sure end. A year ago Bill Delahunt beamed as Rob O'Leary pledged his support to Bill Keating. Now they both conspire to do him in.
As we reported last week, Delahunt has been spotted having a tête-à-tête with Bristol County E. Samuel Sutter to plan his run to unseat Delahunt's successor Keating in the Democatic Party Primary on September 6.

Observer believe Delahunt decided against a run for a tenth term in Congress because;

  1. Then Norfolk County DA Bill Keating was about to reopen the Amy Bishop "murder" case which Delahunt had allegedly botched when he was Norfolk DA, and
  2. His owner-trainer Ted Kennedy had died and he may not have known what to do next.

Delahunt is also reportedly urging former State Senator Rob O'Leary to try to unseat incumbent Bill Keating.

With Democrats like Delahunt, the party doesn't need enemies.

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