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The Dirtbag Book On Mark Greenberg

For those familiar with the politics of personal destruction, it will not come as a surprise to learn that the National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has compiled a “Dirt Book” on Mark Greenberg.

Mr. Greenberg is running for the U.S. House of Representatives in Connecticut’s 5th District, a seat presently held by Democrat Elizabeth Esty, the wife of Daniel Esty, appointed by Governor Dannel Malloy to head the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP).  Mr. Esty arrived at DEEP from Yale University and announced his intention of returning there in January. He was replaced by Rob Klee, chief of staff of DEEP under Mr. Esty. Mrs. Esty defeated Andrew Roraback, since appointed by Mr. Malloy to Connecticut’s Superior Court.  Mr. Greenberg engaged in the 2012 Republican primary but stepped aside after the his party’s nominating convention had settled upon Mr. Roraback, a fiscal conservative whose positions on social issues were left of center.

The 5th District has in the past elected both Republicans and Democrats. Presently, there are no Republicans in Connecticut’s all Democratic U.S. Congressional Delegation, moderate Republicans such as Mr. Roraback all having been displaced by progressive Democrats. The U.S. House has been held for some time by Republicans and is not likely to change hands after the upcoming elections. The presence of Mr. Greenberg in the Connecticut’s U.S. Congressional Delegation likely would improve the state’s negotiating posture in Congress, a possibility that almost certainly is not mentioned in the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s Dirt Book. In the past, a Congressional delegation split between Democrats and Republicans had been considered a useful political distribution of forces.

It is not the business of Dirt Book writers to include in their data information complimentary to the political target they wish to destroy. The Dirt on Greenberg might be useful to the Esty campaign and to those in the media who wish to see her campaign prosper, particularly if the Esty campaign is able to disassociate itself from questionable campaign tactics the consequences of which may never-the-less be helpful to her campaign.

“The 99-Page 'Research Book' Prepared By National Democrats For Attacks On Greenberg” was discovered by Hartford Courant investigative reporter Jon Lender as he was preparing a story on Mr. Greenberg that included information trickling down to him from sources unnamed in his story, “Greenberg Was Sued Many Times Says Litigation By Tenants Others Was Routine.”

While checking on the leached data, Mr. Lender stumbled upon “an intriguing discovery: The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has created a 99-page ‘Research Book’ on Greenberg, which is available online if you know where to look for it.”

The book on Mr. Greenberg, Mr. Lender notes, “lists not only past lawsuits against him, but also biographical information — such as: ‘Mark Greenberg identifies as Jewish’ and ‘has no history of a criminal record’ or of bankruptcy. It also includes what are referred to as ‘extreme statements,’ such as, ‘I don't know of anyone more conservative than I am.’"

The suits mentioned in the Dirt Book, all of which appeared to have been settled to the satisfaction of the parties involved, have been dismissed by the Greenberg camp as routine in the case of large property owners.

Mr. Lender notes it would appear that the Dirt Book might “be of use to a political action committee or ‘super-PAC’ that wanted to make a commercial opposing Greenberg, but is banned from coordinating its efforts with the DCCC by regulations on ‘independent expenditure.’"

In modern political campaigns, both dirt and money are difficult to trace back to sources. Both are swept into campaigns by unpaid outliers who appear to be non-partisan; fingerprints are smudged; political charges remain amorphous; reporters and commentators are used by “non-partisan” groups as torpedo tubes. And those charged with improprieties are left to dangle from nooses woven by the well paid architects of personal destruction.

Much to his credit, Mr. Lender has identified in his story the source from which the Greenberg dirt may be delivered to various campaigns. Individual campaigners may pick and choose as they like from the mud campaign pantry. But one must be very careful in Mr. Greenberg’s case.

The charge that Mr. Greenberg is a Jew – and a wealthy landlord who has been sued to boot – may strike some people in Connecticut as noxiously inappropriate. After all, U.S. Senator Dick Blumenthal, who several times had falsely claimed that he served in Vietnam, is also a wealthy Jew – indeed the fourth richest Congressman in the Senate. Unlike Mr. Greenberg, who earned his wealth the old fashioned way, Mr. Blumenthal married into wealth acquired through property ownership; his father-in-law owns the Empire State Building, in addition to other valuable properties, and very likely has been routinely sued. Tony Harp became Mayor of New Haven after it had been reported in most news outlets in Connecticut that her deceased husband was the most egregious tax scofflaw in the city that elected Mrs. Harp Mayor. Mr. Malloy, who may possibly be in receipt of the Dirt Book on Greenberg, stumped joyously for Mrs. Harp in New Haven.
And Congresswoman Esty was the default winner in her 2012 primary against former State House Speaker Chris Donovan, who had been “considered a strong favorite to win the Democratic nomination,” according to a Courant report. Mr. Donovan, who “enjoyed strong labor-union support and political momentum as he won the endorsement at the Democrats' mid-May convention in the district,” fell by the wayside after the “federal prosecutors' May 31 announcement of their arrest a day earlier of Robert Braddock Jr., the finance director for Donovan's campaign, for allegedly trying to conceal the origin of thousands of dollars in contributions to Donovan.”

Would it not be wise to let that old mud lie unraked?  It’s bound to be resurrected if Democrats persist in blackening Mr. Greenberg’s escutcheon. There may be some in the media who recall – it happened only yesterday – that Mr. Greenberg declined an offer by conservative talk show host John Rowland that seemed to him at the time to be a bit untoward. And also – another item not mentioned in the National Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Dirt book – the conservative Mr.Greenberg saves abused animals.


peter brush said…
I'm blessed to be represented by Mr. John Larson, so I don't follow things closely in the 5th District. Am I to understand that the "dirt" the Party of the Rotten/Klintons, of John Edwards, of Al Sharpton dug up is that a guy named Greenberg is a Jew? That in his capacity as landlord, etc., he's been sued?

When it comes national security, Ms. Esty's first concern after U.S. diplomatic coordination of international anti-terrorism and after getting rid of the Patriot Act, is the "safety and security of Israel." No word on her feelings about President Hussein Obama's relationship with Jeremiah Wright or with Rashid Khalidi. Greenberg's website makes no reference to Israel, but does declare the importance of defending this country and her allies. "We need to ensure a military that is capable of safeguarding our national security, preventing a major power threat to our allies around the globe and protecting Americans against threats to their lives and well-being."
Ms. Esty's position on Obamacare is plenty filthy. Greenberg shouldn't pay anybody for research; just quote her. As she stands in the shoes of Rep. Murphy and the Administration it's fair to say that she lies about Obamacare; it won't reduce costs, won't reduce premiums, and won't allow individuals to keep insurance or docs.
Wright said he would tell the president, if he could, to stay true to himself.
“He’s gotta do what politicians do,” Wright said. “Ethnic cleansing is going on in Gaza, “Ethnic cleansing the Zionist is a sin and a crime against humanity, and they don't want Barack talking like that because that's anti-Israel.”
Rev. Wright also said that “the Jewish vote, the A-I-P-A-C vote, that’s controlling him, that would not let him send representation to the Darfur Review Conference, that’s talking this craziness on this trip, cause they’re Zionists, they would not let him talk to someone who calls a spade what it is. “

"Every American deserves quality affordable health care. Although the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect, it would be a mistake to repeal it."
peter brush said…
Actually, now that you mention it, according to Wikipedia Ms. Esty is affiliated with Jeremiah Wright's church; the United Church of Christ. As I look over its website I don't get the impression that Wright's point of view is radically or extremely out of whack with the point of view of the church, which seems to be more of a community organization with Sunday meetings. I don't speak as a religious person; what offends me most isn't the violation of the third Commandment against worshipping idols, it's the violation of American tradition that the UCC's commitment to social justice represents. On the other hand, that they view their social action in religious terms (i.e., as a calling) is suggestive of a frightening fervor that explains their unwillingness to just leave us alone.
The Justice and Peace Action Network (JPANet) is the arm through (which) Justice and Witness Ministries of the UCC carries out its mission statement. It is our denomination’s grassroots advocacy network composed of individual members and local UCC congregations across the country.

The JPANet both educates and engages its members in shaping public policy in keeping with God's vision of a just and loving society. Our work is grounded in General Synod resolutions, consonant with historic UCC witness, and formed by a biblical understanding of prophetic ministry.
peter brush said…
Oy vey, or as Phil Rizutto would say about my error, "Holy Cow!" It is Commandment #2 that prohibits worshiping idols.

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