During her time as governor of Kansas, Kathleen Sebelius has kept claiming that she didn't have the close ties to abortionist George Tiller that the Pro-lifers claimed she had. This was despite things like an event at the Governor's Mansion in 2007 where she hosted a private dinner party that he attended along with his whole abortion staff. that put the lie to her claim. After his recent acquital I suspect she thought the worse was over & the hearing for her to take over as head of HHS would be clear sailing. It hasn't, despite efforts by the Dems to keep the subject from being broached in the Senate hearings. In fact, it is turning into an embarrassing scandal revealing how much in bed with him she really was/is.
1st of all, Sebelius was recently found to have reported to the committee only a fraction of Tiller's $38,450 in donations to her insurance commissioner campaign. In a packet of Committee questions that Sebelius answered, she downplayed her association with Tiller. In one question, Republican senator John Kyl asked: "Can you describe your relationship with Mr. Tiller? Has he ever contributed to your campaign or has your PAC ever received money from Mr. Tiller or a PAC related to Mr. Tiller?"
Her response: "I have been familiar with Dr. Tiller for many years because he lives and works in Kansas. Dr. Tiller, like many Kansans, contributed to my campaign for insurance commissioner. I received $12,450 over an eight-year period (1994-2001), which represented 1 percent of my total contributions during that time. Since that time, I have received no donations from Dr. Tiller or any PAC related to him."
It turned out that reports on file with the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission show the figure to be closer to $38,450. The HHS called Sebelius' answer an "oversight" that would be corrected. (My question, she isn't head yet, why is the HHS running interference for her?)
Then on 15 April 2009, Operation Rescue released a copy of a 2002 letter
from Tiller stating that he contributed $200,000 to his political action committee (PAC) to assist Sebelius' gubernatorial campaign. In a fundraising letter for the PAC, ProKanDo, he expressed regret that his personal contribution of $200,000 to was not enough. He urged them to donate another $100,00 for the election. (As an aside, the letter included all the slanderous lies about how Pro-lifers are evil dangerous & violent. He called them terrorists. Gee, I wonder if this is where Janet Napolitano got the idea from?)
Did you catch the date? The letter was from 2002 & she said she got nothing from him or any PAC related to him after 2001. $200,000 personally from him via his PAC & whatever else he raised sounds like a lot more than nothing. Another "oversight"? & this was just from 2002. I suspect there is info about more donations yet to come.
Things are even getting so bad that the MSM is being forced to pay at least a little attention
. The question is will the Dems be forced to back off & reject her?
Remember, these latest revelations are in addition to something that came out during the vetting process where she admitted to "unintentional errors" in tax returns and paid nearly $8,000 in back taxes. It turned out that she took unduly large deductions in areas that included: charitable contributions, the sale of a home, and business expenses.
If she can't be honest about what her relationship to Tiller is, if she lied about her taxes, campaign donations, etc, she should be rejected. But I suspect that unless the heat gets much hotter she probably won't.
As an aside, usually a new president has at most 1 or 2 scandals during the nomination process. Usually the big ones occur after they are in their post. I am not 100% sure, but I think Obama has set a new record for the number of scandals for the nominees at the start of an administration.
This would be par for the course if we were just talking about Chicago politics from which Obama sprang. In fact, there, this wouldn't have been a blip, or created any problems. But, Obama. Reid & Pelosi seem to have forgotten that even in Chicago things don't always get buried, look at Blago.
For promising the most transparent administration ever, it looks like it is fast becoming one of the most opaque.