Obama nominates Locke to be US ambass...

Obama nominates Locke to be US ambassador to China

There are 20 comments on the Newsday.com story from Mar 9, 2011, titled Obama nominates Locke to be US ambassador to China. In it, Newsday.com reports that:

President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as ambassador to China.

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“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#1 Mar 9, 2011
Locke presided over tough economic times, spearheading a controversial state budget that significantly cut state jobs, deferred state employee pay raises and delayed funding for class-size increases in public schools to compensate for a $3 billion deficit.

In other words he Kicked the Can down the road like a worthless politician.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#2 Mar 9, 2011
Another Crook.

Do you remember the memory loss and all those "I don't recall ... I don't remember" statements to Congressional investigators in 1999, probing his gubernatorial campaign fund-raising efforts?

1. The astonishing $3.2 billion tax break he gave to Boeing

2. while never disclosing he paid $715,000 to -

3. and relied on the advice of - Boeing's own private consultant and outside auditor for advice;

4. and those favors for his brother-in-law (who lived in the governor's mansion),

5. including a tax break for his relative's company,

6. personal intervention in a company dispute,

7. and Locke's signature on a federal loan application for the company.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#3 Mar 9, 2011
Obama Locke had close ties to campaign finance crook John Huang.

From June 1999:

When I asked what the governor had to say about Huang’s guilty plea, Locke’s spokesman, Keith Love, responded tersely:“He has no comment and no interest.”

Huang is no casual acquaintance of Locke or his out-of-state fund-raising staff. As reported here previously, Huang helped organize May 1996 galas involving Locke at the Mayflower Hotel and Sheraton Carlton in Washington, D.C.; three fund-raisers at restaurants in Los Angeles, and an extravaganza at the Universal City, Calif., Hilton in October 1996 that raised upwards of $30,000.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#4 Mar 9, 2011
Gov. Gary Locke’s 1996 campaign treasure chest is like a box of chocolates left out in the sun: You never know what kind of sticky mess you’re gonna get.

News broke over the weekend that the Internal Revenue Service wants to examine Locke’s donor list. That’s in addition to a fresh congressional inquiry and three separate probes by the state Public Disclosure Commission (two prompted by this column).

Locke’s loyalists imply that scrutiny of his contributors is racist. The claim is as desperate as it is deceitful. Locke himself crowed that his campaign was being watched closely at the highest levels of the Chinese government. Locke himself called for a thorough investigation of charges of illegal influence-peddling and money-laundering in the Democratic Party by suspected foreign agents.

Locke complains that all yellow- and brown-skinned donors are being targeted unfairly. But the handful of contributors in question are not ordinary citizens; some may not be U.S. citizens at all. They are Buddhist monks who have left the country, Beijing-linked tycoons and family members, professional fund-raisers, and trade experts alleged to have compromised national security. The only colors at issue here are green and red: the color of campaign cash and the possible shadow of overseas communist meddling in the most trade-dependent state in the union.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#5 Mar 9, 2011
The Los Angeles Times and Newsweek reported last year that in 1995, the FBI intercepted communications in which Chinese officials detailed a covert operation to counter pro-Taiwan political influence in the U.S. by funneling at least $2 million to federal, state and local races. New revelations of fishy foreign fingerprints on Locke’s campaign coffers come from the Far Eastern Economic Review, a respected Hong Kong-based publication. The Aug. 13 issue reports that Locke received $5,400 in campaign contributions from family and political operatives of Indonesian businessman Ted Sioeng.

The FBI suspects Sioeng, a real estate and tobacco baron, of supplying Chinese government money to American candidates; a Senate report says he drew some of the campaign cash from Hong Kong bank accounts. The Democratic National Committee and California’s GOP state treasurer Matt Fong returned hefty donations made by Sioeng’s daughter, Jessica Elnitiarta, after she refused to verify their source.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#6 Mar 9, 2011
The magazine article about the Locke-Sioeng connection has yet to hit these shores. But it forced Locke to admit preemptively that he had given a secret July deposition about the donations to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee (to be made public this week). Locke also revealed that he returned a maximum $1,100 contribution from a Sioeng associate after learning it was likely reimbursed illegally by Sioeng’s daughter. Yet, Locke’s spokesman insists in one breath that “We’re not saying it was improper” and “we didn’t want anything to do with it.”

If bank records from congressional lawyers indicating an immediate illegal reimbursement aren’t unequivocal evidence of impropriety, what is?

Given Locke’s high threshold for proof of wrongdoing, it’s no wonder he still refuses to return tens of thousands of dollars raised for his campaign by John Huang – the former DNC fund-raiser, ex-Commerce Department official, ex-V.P. of the infamous Indonesian Lippo Group, suspected Chinese agent, and close friend of the Sioengs (daughter Jessica refers to him as “Uncle Huang” in one internal Democratic document, according to the L.A. Times).

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#7 Mar 9, 2011
In March 1997, it's reported that Gary Locke’s Chinatown fund-raisers out-of-state raised thousands of dollars of cash that the campaign failed to disclose in violation of state campaign finance laws.

One of those events was held at NYC’s Harmony Palace restaurant, co-owned by Chinese street gang thugs.

http://web.archive.org/web/20000821060540/www...

Since: Nov 08

Location hidden

#8 Mar 9, 2011
AHHHH SOOOOOOOO. Obama is AHHHHHH SOOOOOOO
Otis B Driftwood

Patchogue, NY

#9 Mar 9, 2011
Rocke him up. Fhrow away key. Fluck him.
NW Hominid

Seattle, WA

#10 Mar 9, 2011
I see the coalition approves...

“Hillary, thirty years of lying”

Since: Nov 08

Paris

#11 Mar 9, 2011
Well there goes china's economy.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#12 Mar 9, 2011
China is LAUGHING At the Maggot.
Gary

Bellingham, WA

#13 Mar 9, 2011
Obama should do as Bush did, send out diplomats who
could not speak the language of the country they were assigned to and then surround them with
aides who got their jobs because of pure cronyism and couldn't speak the language either so that they had to rely on indigenous people who could not be trusted.
No wonder the Bush foreign policy was a complete disaster.
Maybe Obama can avoid such stupidity.

“Truth to Power!”

Since: Apr 07

Raleigh, NC

#14 Mar 9, 2011
Gary wrote:
Obama should do as Bush did, send out diplomats who
could not speak the language of the country they were assigned to and then surround them with
aides who got their jobs because of pure cronyism and couldn't speak the language either so that they had to rely on indigenous people who could not be trusted.
No wonder the Bush foreign policy was a complete disaster.
Maybe Obama can avoid such stupidity.
Obama = Bush dummy. Both Suck.



It's funny to see that progressives are so distraught and beaten down that their only comparisons are to BUSH. It's even funnier when their policies are Identical! Bwahahhahaha!
WOODCHUCK

North Port, FL

#15 Mar 9, 2011
Not gonna Help his image....TODAY,GREAT NEWS...OBAMAS approval rate is 37%...AMONG INDEPENDENTS...a GUARANTEED LOSS for OBAMA!...37% and SINKING...Like Carter ,This LOON will be Gone!!

ITS THE PRICE OF GAS STUPID!...not a Token Chink Going home To "KOWTOW" for more MONEY to save OBAMAS ASS!
cjrian

United States

#16 Mar 9, 2011
Gary wrote:
Obama should do as Bush did, send out diplomats who
could not speak the language of the country they were assigned to and then surround them with
aides who got their jobs because of pure cronyism and couldn't speak the language either so that they had to rely on indigenous people who could not be trusted.
No wonder the Bush foreign policy was a complete disaster.
Maybe Obama can avoid such stupidity.
Obama added to that list -
No clue about the Assignment Country
No clue about the US

Since: Jan 10

Location hidden

#17 Mar 9, 2011
Gary wrote:
Maybe Obama can avoid such stupidity.
Too Late, Obama has already shown us all how stupid he is.
Kenyan Commie Barbeque

Buffalo, NY

#19 Mar 10, 2011
The laughing liberal wrote:
Another Crook.
Do you remember the memory loss and all those "I don't recall ... I don't remember" statements to Congressional investigators in 1999, probing his gubernatorial campaign fund-raising efforts?
1. The astonishing $3.2 billion tax break he gave to Boeing
2. while never disclosing he paid $715,000 to -
3. and relied on the advice of - Boeing's own private consultant and outside auditor for advice;
4. and those favors for his brother-in-law (who lived in the governor's mansion),
5. including a tax break for his relative's company,
6. personal intervention in a company dispute,
7. and Locke's signature on a federal loan application for the company.
We know damn well that anyone Obama appoints is a crook, a crony, and a stooge.

There's not one inch of the Kenyan hack's administration that isn't rife with corruption.

SHAME ON AMERICA.
bronck burger

Fair Lawn, NJ

#20 Mar 10, 2011
CHINA is going to play this LOCKE FOR the FOOL HE IS. JUST LIKE THEY ARE PLAYING this OBAMA FOOL
short trus micro bus

Ashford, AL

#21 Mar 10, 2011
stay away from the hair spray

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