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Hugo Chavez

This letter from Florida Republican Congressman Connie Mack to Joe Kennedy III has been floating around for a few weeks but I haven’t seen much discussion about it outside of this item from the National Journal. Is it a legitimate issue for Joe Kennedy III’s congressional campaign?

Dear Mr. Kennedy:

I am deeply concerned you have formed an exploratory committee as a prelude to a run for Congress in Massachusetts. Normally I would not be concerned about your entry into this race, except your father, Joseph P. Kennedy II, has been a paid apologist for the repressive dictatorship of Hugo Chavez.

As Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, I have been vigilant in exposing the dictatorial aspects of the Chavez-led government of Venezuela and have been demanding action of the Obama Administration to stop the threat he poses for our American way of life.

This weekend’s visit by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is the latest example of why freedom-loving people must stand up and speak out loudly against Chavez and his corrupt enterprises like CITGO.

I realize the sins of the father should not be borne by the son. But your father’s outrageous and vivacious support of the ugly, dangerous despot, Hugo Chavez, is beyond the pale.

I have a simple question for you Mr. Kennedy – Do you support your father’s positions or denounce them?

All Americans await your timely response.



Member of Congress (FL-14)Chairman

Western Hemisphere Subcommittee

PS – I am giving you a platform to condemn Hugo Chavez, not perpetuate using our nation’s less fortunate as props for your father’s pro-Chavez campaign.