Friday, October 14, 2005

Santorum and U2



Senator Rick Santorum is holding a $1000 a head fundraiser during the upcoming U2 concert in Philadelphia. It was originally reported in a way to suggest that Bono supported him. Carl at Simply Left Behind has a good play by play:

Yesterday, Rick Santorum's office issued a press release disguised as a story in Newsmax.com.

On Sunday, October 16, a unique political event will take place. At a concert of the legendary rock group U2, Senator Rick Santorum will hold a fund-raising event for one night only. (emphasis added).

U2 front man Bono is no stranger to Washington, D.C. He has come often to the nation's capital to network with politicians on behalf of his many causes. Santorum met Bono earlier this year, having been introduced by John Kasich, the former congressman from Ohio and host of Fox News Channel's "Heartland."

Naturally, Bono and the organization this tour is supporting, DATA, were quick to issue an embarrassing response...
"It is not uncommon for politicians, from both parties, to organize events at all kinds of music concerts and other entertainment events. If any political fundraising events take place at a U2 concert, it is without the involvement or knowledge of Data, U2 or Bono. U2 concerts are categorically not fundraisers for any politician - they are rock concerts for U2 fans."

CapitolBuzz sums it up:

NewsMax's misleading story that U2's Bono is raising money for Santorum is particularly interesting since in his book, It Takes A Family, Santorum describes Bono as satanic and ties U2 to the liberal view of society that Senator Rick hates so much. It's also noteworthy that Santorum is more than willing to stomach U2 when he's raising money for his campaign. His hypocrisy knows no bounds.

This behavior is not new for the Senator from Virginia. When he put himself in the middle of the tragic Terri Schiavo situation in Florida he cancelled a town hall meeting about Social Security out of "respect for the family." However he was able to make it to three fundraisers in the state and came away with over $200,000 in campaign cash.

8 comments:

soccermike said...

Why is it that Santoroum is in the middle of everything that is wrong with the Senate? I haven't heard on good thing he has done yet. I guess his theory is, more negative press he gets it's still press and when it's time to vote most people vote for the name not what he has done.

On another note President alert:
According to the Daily News in NY this past Monday 10/10, Senator McCain had a fundraiser in Staten Island and talked about running in 08. He wanted to see what happens in the races in 06 before making his decision definate. He told a crowd of supporters, "I voted for you and I want that vote recounted for me". Hey he said it I just can't make this stuff up.

Hilary in 08

Gort said...

I like McCain. If he gets the nomination he might win in a walk. But his biggest obstacle in getting nominated is people like me like him. I'm not sure but I think one of his political heros is Barry Goldwater, who he replaced. Senator Goldwater wanted the government to spend less money, collect fewer taxes and stay out of your life.

soccermike said...

I like that idea.

Pope George Ringo said...

BONO SUPPORTING SANTORUM?? BOLLOCKS! BONO RULES!! AND YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE VATICAN!!!!

Bill Fitzpatrick said...

Bono will not endorese anyone but him and Santorum have a good relationship from the Aids work Santorum is the leading Republican in the field.
Bono unlike other celeberty activists will take any help he can get and eventhough he may disagree with Santorum's and Pope B 16's non-condom approach he realizes its better then no action
and seriuosly if they are not going to listen to the chuch adn keep in there pants why would they liosten to the church when they say use this.
And I like McCain and he is really not a moderate at all, just the media likes him and always highlights when he disagrees with Bush
But he voted agiant the highway bill
Also Gort your right he is a Goldwater guy he is in his seat
the seat that belongs to legends
McCain is actually a better version of Anrie Vinick

Gort said...

Bill, What took you so long? As soon as I put a post up about RJS I expected to hear something in his defense. I agree with you that McCain is not a moderate. He is one of the most hawkish Senators and is an old fashioned Republican who hates wasteful spending, i.e. pork.

Pope George Ringo said...

LET'S FACE IT, SANTORUM IS A VERY DANGEROUS GUY--AND IT TAKES A LOT TO FRIGHTEN HIS HOLINESS. PERHAPS BOB CASEY AND BRING HIM DOWN--AND I AM CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC--BUT THESE JACKALS ON THE RIGHT ARE LIKE COCKROACHES--YOU JUST CAN'T SEEM TO STOMP THEM OUT. IT WILL BE A GREAT DAY FOR PENNA. IS HE GOES DOWN AND A GREATER DAY FOR AMERICA!

Anonymous said...

OH BUT FOR FATE; IF ONLY THE LATE GREAT SEN. JOHN HEINZ HAD NOT BEEN KILLED--HARRIS WOFFORD WOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN APPOINTED TO THE SENATE TO GO ON TO BE DEFEATED BY DEAR RICKY. OR IF DICK THORNBURGH HAD DEFEATED WOFFORD IN THE SPECIAL ELECTION--THIS CLOWN WOULD NOT BE IN THE US SENATE NOW. CROSS YOUR FINGER AND HOPE CASEY PULLS IT OFF.