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False Controversy Over Grayson Comment Detracts From Criticism Of Fed Lobbyist

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Congressman stands by comments made on the Alex Jones Show

Steve Watson
Tuesday, Oct 27, 2009

Comments made by Florida Democrat Alan Grayson on the Alex Jones show have been artificially blown up into a false controversy that detracts from legitimate criticism of the corporate lobbyist the congressman’s statements were aimed at.

The Washington Post and the AP, along with scores of other blogs, have inflated comments made by Grayson last month on the Alex Jones show when he referred to the Federal Reserve’s newly employed lobbyist Linda Robertson as a “K street whore”.

Now some Republican members of Congress are using the comments to go after Grayson and others who advocate auditing the Fed.

Grayson has defended his statement, explaining that he used the word to indicate that the woman had sold her soul for financial gain.

“The second definition of ‘whore’ in the American Heritage Dictionary is ‘A person considered as having compromised principles for personal gain.'” Grayson spokesman Todd Jurkowski told Politico, adding that “The attack was on her professional career, not her personal life”.

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Jurkowski pointed out that Robertson was employed as the chief lobbyist for disgraced energy firm Enron at the height of the infamous corporate accounting scandal in 2001.

Last month, Linda Robertson, in her new role as the Fed’s head lobbyist, attacked congressmen, including Grayson and Ron Paul, for pushing for an audit of the Fed. Robertson referred to such Representatives as ignorant of the difference between monetary policy and fiscal policy.

“She had the audacity to attack a congressman who used to be an economist. She’s a career lobbyist who used to work for Enron and advocates for whatever she gets paid to promote,” Jurkowski said.

Indeed, as Howie Klein at the Huffington Post acutely points out;

“She was, after all, the head of Enron’s lobbying office– a position that defines the word “whore.” The outraged and offended congressmembers– who realize a charge like this is an affront to all of their self-proclaimed senses of dignity– would probably rather not discuss the substance of the claim.”

Reports from 2001 revealed that while she was still employed at the Treasury, Robertson twice accepted paid trips to talk with Enron executives, according to her financial disclosure.

Around the same time a measure that became law, the Commodity Futures Modernization Act of 2000, specifically exempted energy trading from the regulatory scrutiny applied to brokers of money, securities and commodities.

This alone proves that Robertson is a traitor that is willing to front for the highest bidder, regardless of whether their agenda is in the interest of the American people or not.

Serious questions were raised back in June when the Fed announced that it was hiring Robertson to “manage its relations with Congress”.

In addition to shilling for Enron, Robertson worked under three Clinton administration Treasury secretaries including Robert Rubin and Lawrence Summers.

Summers now heads the White House National Economic Council, along with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, a disciple of Robert Rubin. If Robertson’s new position at the Fed isn’t a conflict of interest then what is?

Her appointment came at a time when HR1207, Ron Paul’s Federal Reserve Transparency Act, was gaining major traction in the House. It has since moved to official hearings before the House Financial Services Committee after gaining majority backing.

It is rather bizarre that Grayson’s comment on the Alex Jones Show, now a month old, suddenly appeared last night on the Red State and Politico websites and has since been picked up by the mainstream media.

In fact, one might go as far to say that this has all the hallmarks of a staged controversy, designed to go after Grayson, a man who, second only to Ron Paul, has pushed the hardest to audit the Federal Reserve.

Grayson’s grillings of Federal Reserve personnel, along with Geithner, have been seen by millions via his youtube channel. His interrogation of Fed Inspector General Elizabeth Coleman clocked up almost 500,000 views in less than a month.

It seems that someone is desperate to divert attention away from the real issue here by resorting to dirty politics. Once again they have scored a big fat FAIL.

This article was posted: Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 11:54 am

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