Originally created 02/11/02

Democrat ignores his party's questionable activities



Lowell Greenbaum wrote The Chronicle Jan. 18 and the editorial staff headlined that letter, "Enron scandal taints president's image of purity."

I am aware that Mr. Greenbaum is chairman of the Richmond County Democratic Party, and as such is obligated to follow the "talking points" dispensed by the Democratic National Committee. Most of the article is pure fiction and innuendo, intended solely for the purpose of injuring a popular president who happens not to be a Democrat.

There are things that Mr. Greenbaum didn't say about the Enron scandal and others. For instance, many Democrats took money from Enron. Some have given it back, but Sen. Christopher Dodd, D-Conn., who reaped more than $345,000 from Enron does not plan to do so last I heard. Nor does the Rev. Jesse Jackson or the NAACP plan to return any money.

Filing the fourth-largest bankruptcy in history recently was Global Crossing. During the Clinton administration, it was awarded a $400 million contract when the bidding process was mysteriously manipulated by key government players.

Chairman of Global Crossing, Gary Winnick played golf with Bill Clinton and Democratic National Chairman Terry McAuliffe. He helped Mr. McAuliffe turn an investment of $100,000 into a whopping $18 million.

Mr. Winnick gave $1 million to Mr. Clinton's library and hosted fund-raising dinners for Sen. Tom Daschle, D-S.D. He also gifted thousands of dollars to Rep. Henry Waxman, D-Calif. Why have we not heard much of this? Perhaps Dan Rather, Peter Jennings, Tom Brokaw and talking heads at CNN wish us not to hear of it.

Why does Mr. Greenbaum use innuendo to try to injure his opponents and ignore facts about his own party? Is his party is seeking to create a scandal? Heaven forbid.

Robert Smock, Hephzibah, Ga.