The Politicians

The anthrax contamination affected the following:
 
Senators:
Tom Daschle (D, So. Dakota) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tom_Daschle
Jon Corzine (D, New Jersey) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_Corzine
Russell Feingold (D, Wisconsin) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russ_Feingold
Joseph Lieberman (D, Connecticut) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joe_Lieberman
Barbara Mikulski (D, Maryland) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barbara_Mikulski
Christopher Dodd (D, Conn.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chris_Dodd
 
Representatives:
Rush D. Holt (D, New Jersey) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rush_D._Holt,_Jr.
 
NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani (D/R) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rudy_Giuliani

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Senator Bill Frist, M.D. – “was the Congressional spokesman during the 2001 anthrax attacks” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Frist  Frist’s father founded the Hospital Corporation of America (HCA), at one time the world’s  largest for-profit hospital manager.

[thirdring’s timeline] Nov 15 –”$3.2 billion Kennedy-Frist bioterrorism bill introduced
  Sens. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., and Bill Frist, R-Tenn., introduce a bill to authorize spending $3.2 billion to combat bioterrorism. The bill would authorize $1.5 billion for state and local preparedness in fiscal 2002, including hospital preparedness, and $400 million to improve oversight of the nation’s food supply.”…Frist was a CSIS committee co-chair with John Kerry http://www.gwu.edu/~action/2004/kerry/kerry061302.html
 
HCA owned JFK Medical Center (where Bob Stevens died) and Cedars Medical Center (where Ernie Blanco was treated) in South Florida. Dr./Sen. Frist eventually divested of his HCA ownership in 2005. He became a CSIS commissioner, the Center for Strategic and International Studies http://www.smartglobalhealth.org/about/commissioners/william-h.-frist/
“In 2006, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and Bain Capital, together with Merrill Lynch and the Frist family (which had founded the company) completed a $31.6 billion acquisition of the hospital company, 17 years after it was taken private for the first time in a management buyout. At the time of its announcement, the HCA buyout would be the first of several to set new records for the largest buyout, eclipsing the 1989 buyout of RJR Nabisco. It would later be surpassed by the buyouts of Equity Office Products and TXU.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hospital_Corporation_of_America
In 2007, Cedars Medical Center was sold to the University of Miami. CSIS commissioner, Donna Shalala, is the president of UM.
Feb 2004 -the Frist office was the target of a ricin attack; “A senior government investigator, speaking only on condition of anonymity, said the powdery substance was found in an area where mail is opened in Frist’s office but has not yet been traced to any specific piece of mail….Though Frist and other lawmakers vowed to keep the Capitol open, meetings across the complex were canceled and work on legislation was postponed.” http://www.redorbit.com/news/general/46196/poison_ricin_found_in_sen_frists_office/index.html 
 

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Followup

Rudy Giulianihttp://www.giulianipartners.com/press_b … 11304.aspx
“January 13, 2004 – Boca Raton, FL. Flanked by Rudolph W. Giuliani, Chairman and CEO of Giuliani Partners LLC, and John Y. Mason, President and CEO of Sabre Technical Services LLC, David Rustine, President of Crown Companies and the new owner of the American Media Inc. (AMI) building announced today that Bio·ONE™ has been selected to decontaminate and remediate the building –– site of the first recognized anthrax incident in 2001.”

Jon Corzine, near-fatal state police car crash (April 12, 2007) as Governor of New Jersey http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/13/nyregion/13corzine.html  “..superintendent of the New Jersey State Police, said that a red pickup truck entered the highway “erratically from the shoulder,” causing a white Dodge Ram pickup truck to swerve left. The governor’s driver, State Trooper Robert Rasinski, swerved to avoid the white truck, but hit it, and then slid into the guardrail, with the impact on the passenger side…The driver of the white truck stopped, he said, but the red truck did not, adding that state police will be examining cameras on the highway in hopes of identifying the red truck.  Governor Corzine was traveling, as he normally does, in a two-car caravan. Officials said the two troopers in the car following Mr. Corzine stopped to care for him rather than chase the red truck.”….”Mr. Freund said that he saw the injured trooper give the thumbs-up sign to a fellow trooper, and that a swarm of firefighters and some 30 law enforcement officers, “looking like C.I.A. agents, dressed in black, with earpieces coming out,” surrounded the scene. He said the helicopter arrived at 6:25 p.m.”….”New Jersey faces a $2 billion budget deficit that Mr. Corzine must close by July 1, and questions have been raised about the fiscal and legal soundness of the state’s accounting of its troubled pension system. He has been criticized by Republicans and others for failing to disclose the extent of his financial gifts to a former companion who is also the head of the state’s largest union. And all of this is taking place at a time when federal prosecutors have subpoenaed records from the governor’s office, and legislative offices, as part of a broad inquiry into Trenton’s often-murky budgetary practices.  More immediately, he was scheduled to leave Saturday for a five-day trade mission to Israel, his second international trip since becoming governor last year.”  http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/13/nyregion/13cooper.html

Corzine, former CEO of Goldman Sachs: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/25/jon-corzine-people-hate-g_n_476582.html

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New Jersey Politics (to be posted)

Governor Christine Todd Whitman – left office to head the EPA

(acting) Gov. Donald T. DiFrancesco -Jan 31, 2001-Jan 8,2002; formerly president of the state senate

 John Farmer Jr. – New Jersey Atty. General (March 15,1999-2002); Senior Counsel to the 9-11 Commissiion

Governor Jim McGeevey – appointed his Israeli (IDF) homosexual lover, Golan Cipel, as New Jersey State Homeland Security Advisor, which was eventually rejected on the grounds of Cipel’s non-citizenship. Cipel ‘stepped down’ in August 2002. 

Official Governor’s mansion – “Drumthwacket”, 354 Stockton St., Princeton http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drumthwacket

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New York Politics (to be posted)

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Florida Politics

Governor Jeb Bush (to be posted)

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Governor Charlie Crist

April 27, 2007 – “TAMPA – Gov. Charlie Crist is planning his first international trip as governor, a trade and diplomatic mission to Israel, for a few weeks after the end of the Florida legislative session. The trip’s purpose is to generate trade and business for Florida. But it will have another political effect for Crist: beginning to establish his credentials not just as a Florida politician but also as a national politician….The trip is at least in part a result of Crist’s longtime friendship with U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler, an ardent supporter of Israel and Israeli causes. Their friendship, which dates to when both were elected to the state Senate in 1990, has blossomed into an unlikely political alliance between a comparatively liberal Democrat from Boca Raton and the Republican governor from St. Petersburg. Besides Wexler and Crist, those going to Israel may include state Reps. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach; Adam Hasner, R-Delray Beach; and Sen. Nan Rich, D-Weston. All are also Jewish and interested in Israeli causes….said University of Tampa political scientist Scott Paine..’It could add gravitas that would help make him a national player as a governor.’ Until now, Paine noted, ‘his experience is almost entirely at the state level.’ ” http://www2.tbo.com/content/2007/apr/27/111401/crists-visit-to-israel-has-much-at-stake/
 
“The mezuzah, which contains a parchment inscribed with the Shema, is posted on doorways as a sign of Divine protection.”
 
“I cherish what the Jewish people have done for Florida, have done for America, and have done for Israel, and there’s a strong bond and affinity between the state of Israel and the state of Florida, and—I hope—between Gov. Crist and the Jewish people…I wanted my first trade mission to be to Israel because of the importance the State of Israel has to so many of my fellow Floridians.  As you indicated accurately, there is a significant Jewish population in Florida….”Every time I have a chance to visit Israel – this was my second visit – it just gives you a greater awareness, a deeper understanding of issues of concern.  One of them that came to the fore was the divestment issue as it relates to countries like Iran and the Sudan.
Because of the horrible things that Iran, the largest sponsor of state terrorism in the world, is doing, we as Floridians, through our state board of administration and the billions of dollars it invests, will no longer invest in any company that invests in Iran. [Likewise with] the Sudan, because of the difficulties happening there as well. We are the first government in the world to sign a divestment bill. 
…I feel that it is important to recognize the beliefs of others, appreciate them and respect them, and honor them in a way that manifests them visibly.  By having the celebration at the governor’s mansion, I thought it would elevate the awareness and appreciation of the Jewish people.” [Points out mezuzah on door]…As I said, I enjoyed Passover dinner in Miami Beach, it was a pleasure, we danced and it was just great. I think celebrations such as Passover remind us how important it is to stay in touch with G‑d, to appreciate His good work, to understand that many have sacrificed that have gone before us, and their freedom is precious—whether from Pharaoh or whoever.  G‑d’s kindness passing over certain doors reminds us yet again every year that G‑d’s great power is a great protection.”   http://www.chabadtallahassee.com/templates/articlecco_cdo/aid/669478/jewish/
 
“TALLAHASSEE – Governor Charlie Crist today celebrated Torah Dedication Day by joining several Jewish leaders at the Governor’s Mansion for the dedication of a new Torah scroll to the entire Jewish community of Florida.” http://www.flgov.com/release/10625
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