March 02, 2006

IT'S NOT JUST BILL CLINTON: Reader Daniel Holmes sends this story, which I had missed:

The lobbying of former Senate majority leader Robert J. Dole on behalf of the Dubai-owned company set to take over management of terminals at six major U.S. seaports is creating a political problem for his wife, Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R-N.C.).

The chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party, Jerry Meek, yesterday called on Sen. Dole to remove herself from "any congressional oversight" of the Dubai port deal. "The fact that Dubai is paying her husband to help pass the deal presents both a financial and ethical conflict of interest for Senator Dole," Meek said.

It always seems a bit shady to me when former elected officials are paid to represent foreign interests. We're not talking Gerhard Schroeder territory here for either Clinton or Dole, but it's still a bit iffy.