Connecticut U.S. Senate Candidate Calls Opponent 'Whore' for Israel
Those of us who followed Rep. Jim Himes primary race in 2008 knew there'd be trouble when Lee Whitnum announced she was running for the U.S. Senate seat of retiring Joe Lieberman. Connecticut's own version of Orly Taitz didn't take long to wear out her welcome.
It's not often the word "whore" plays into a U.S. Senate debate, but it happened on Thursday night as five Democratic candidates squared off in the first televised debate of the campaign season.
Lee Whitnum, an author from Greenwich who claims some of her ideas will anger voters, went after U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy for his stance on support for Israel.
"I am dealing with whore here, who sells his soul to AIPAC, (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee), who will say anything for the job" she said, in regards to Murphy.
Murphy called Whitnum out after the comment, saying he had supported inclusion by all candidates in the debate, but might rethink his stance after Whitnum's "awful language."
"I advocated for all candidates to be a part these debates. I might think twice about that with that kind of awful language being used on the airwaves," Murphy said.
Whitnum is a vocal critic of U.S. aid to Israel, and has advocated prosecuting Jewish-Americans who settle in Israel and, in her words, "maim or kill in the Promised Land."