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Friday, April 17, 2009

EU Ambassador asks about Weldon

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:

By Joseph N. DiStefano

John Bruton, the European Union's ambassador to the United States, stopped by Philadelphia to talk to the World Affairs Council yesterday, part of Europe's public relations campaign as it wrestles with the U.S. on economic and military issues.
Bruton asked about an old friend, former U.S. Rep. Curt Weldon (R., Pa.), who was voted out of office two elections back after the FBI reportedly investigated favors he did for clients of his daughter's lobbying firm. "Did anything ever come of that?" Bruton asked me.

As with so many Washington investigations, no one has been charged. That has allowed Weldon supporters to place him alongside former U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens (R., Alaska) among alleged victims of shadowy forces targeting senior Republicans who influenced defense appropriations.

Bruton, a former prime minister of Ireland, said the congressman "was an original. He had great knowledge of Russia and other countries. And he gave me a great introduction into American political life."