Points By Drew Pritt

UPDATE – Joe & Hadassah Lieberman to join the McCains this weekend.
May 24, 2008, 12:04 am
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According to The Hill, a wonderful publication for political animals and accurate in their reporting, Senator & Mrs. Joe Lieberman will be joining the McCains this weekend for a social event that everyone sees as a potential screening for Vice Presidential picks.

I have said all along that I anticipate that McCain will select Lieberman as a running mate. While this is the first step in a long process, I think the Liebermans and the Jindals will be competing for Mr. & Mrs. Congeniality at least to get a welcome back.

A word on Hadassah Lieberman. I love this woman. She is appealing and a breath of fresh air. I remember the day the media learned it would be Lieberman, not Gephardt or Bayh, as Gore’s running mate. She was in the kitchen, fixing dinner….chopping vegetables I think….and came outside in her bare feet to talk to the press.

She is the daughter of Rabbi Samuel Freilich, a Holocaust survivor from Munkács, who died in 1993, and Ella Wieder Freilich, also a Holocaust survivor who died on August 6, 2004. She grew up in Gardner, Massachusetts, where her father was the Rabbi at Congregation Ohave Shalom.  She obtained a BA in Government and Dramatics from Boston University in 1970, and an MA in International Relations from Northeastern University in 1971. She has worked as a Research Analyst at Lehman Brothers (1971-72), as Director of Policy, Planning, and Communications at Pfizer (1982-85), and as a Senior Program Officer at the National Research Council (1990-93). Hadassah has also worked for the lobbying company, APCO Associates, that had many pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations among its clients, as well as for major drug companies such as Pfizer. In March 2005, Hadassah was hired by Hill & Knowlton as “senior counselor” in the firm’s “health care and pharmaceuticals practice.” Hadassah’s close relationship with pharmaceutical and healthcare corporations while her husband introduced legislation benefiting these exact companies has raised questions about improprieties and conflict of interest.

This woman is intelligent, yet down to earth. She is the very embodiment of another Jackie Kennedy in some respects with the earthiness of a Rosalynn Carter & Bess Truman. Sometimes I wish we could elect the spouses and not the candidates, as Tipper Gore & Hadassah Lieberman were alot more appealing then their husbands!


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