Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn) has emerged as one of the biggest obstacles for the Democrats on the road to a healthcare reform, a position that may have resulted in increased attacks on his wife Hadassah Lieberman.
Mrs. Lieberman has worked as a consultant for pharmaceutical companies including Pfizer and ALCO, which critics claim creates a conflict of interest.
Now they have begun calling for a major breast cancer alliance—the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation—to drop the senator’s wife as its ‘Global Ambassador.’
"We are asking Ellen DeGeneres, Christie Brinkley and other high-profile celebrities who are associated with Komen to demand that no more money raised for cancer treatment be given to Hadassah Lieberman or any other ex-Pharma/Insurance strategists," said Jane Hamsher, founder of the Firedoglake blog.
The critics in turn have come under fire from many on the right side of the political spectrum who decried attempts to go after lawmakers’ families for political reasons.
Mrs. Lieberman herself pointed out to the controversy as a setback for feminism and women’s right in America.
"It’s been surprising to me as an old feminist to watch this kind of cheap attack," she said, quoted by The Washington Post.
She added, "The reality of many women is that many of us have careers and ideas and thoughts that preceded our marriages."