Clinton NSC Team Targets Weldon
High-ranking members of Bill Clinton's national security team have joined together to defeat Pennsylvania Republican Curt Weldon's House re-election bid this November - in what looks like retaliation for Weldon's efforts in exposing the Clinton administration's Able Danger scandal.
In June 2005, Weldon went public with news that Clinton administration lawyers prevented the Defense Intelligence Agency's Able Danger group from blowing the whistle on two al-Qaida terrorists who would later pilot the planes that destroyed the World Trade Center.
Though the media downplayed Weldon's bombshell, a number of high ranking Clinton officials apparently haven't forgotten - and they're pouring money into the campaign of Weldon's opponent, Joe Sestak.
According to the Philadelphia Inquirer:
Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has given $500 to Sestak.
Disgraced former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger has given Weldon's opponent $1,000.
Disgraced ex-Clinton CIA director John Deutch gave $500.
Former Clinton Navy secretary John Dalton ponied up $500 to defeat Weldon.
Former White House Chief of Staff John Podesta - $300.
Berger's predecessor as national security adviser, Anthony Lake - $500.
Even Hillary Clinton has gotten into the act, contributing $2,500 to defeat Curt Weldon.
Actually, they forgot one more Clintonista:
U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon called yesterday for Democratic opponent Joe Sestak to return $350 in campaign contributions from Mary O. McCarthy, the CIA investigator fired last week for allegedly leaking classified information to the news media.
Sestak's spokeswoman noted, in reply, that the CIA employee had not been charged with any crime and said she saw no reason for the money to be returned "at this time."
McCarthy, who worked at the National Security Council when Sestak worked there in the 1990s, donated $100 to Sestak on March 1 and $250 on March 11, according to a campaign finance report the Seventh Congressional District candidate filed with the Federal Election Commission.