November 2, 2006

Wulsin’s ‘Nuke Waste Dump’ Claim Is Made Up (Updated for Cunningham Call and More Detail)

Filed under: OH-02 US House,Scams,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 6:03 pm

This post is being continually updated, and will stay at or near the top for the rest of the afternoon evening.

WELCOME Bill Cunningham listeners, and thanks to Willie for having me on. Here is the Blackwell announcement about the Zogby poll that Ohio’s newspapers “somehow” aren’t covering much, if at all. The poll shows Blackwell down by 7.5% (oops, I said 7.3% on the radio — I apologize for the slight error), which is well within the margin of error of previous Ohio polls compared to real election results.

Now, on to Wulsin.

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INITIAL QUICK POST:

Here’s Whiskey Tango’s post, with links to smoking-gun docs (that’s pieces of paper, not deceptive doctors like the one running against Jean Schmidt).

There is NO thought of a nuclear waste “dump” or “disposal site” in Piketon, and the docs prove it. AND VIC WULSIN KNOWS IT. Wulsin attempts to inject the issue into one of the docs; the union calls her on the BS in the other.

I’m trying to decide if this is worse than Paul Hackett’s pretend-Republican/Bush loyalist videos/campaign ads in the August 2005 Special Election. Based on proximity to Election Day and the outrageousness/”cleverness” of the lie, I’d say it is.

I will have more on this later when I have a moment, and I’ll probably just carry this post forward.

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MAIN POST:

A BizzyBlog Dealbreaker is “something that completely justifies a person not voting for you, regardless of your party or your stands on the issues.”

What Vic Wulsin has done consitutes BizzyBlog Wulsin Dealbreaker 3 — Here are quick links to Dealbreaker 1 (unethical involvement in malariotherapy) and Dealbreaker 2 (hiding the names of big money radical feminist organizations).

I certainly don’t want to steal thunder from Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot’s great post on this, so be sure to go there.

The story is this — 2nd District Democratic congressional candidate Vic Wulsin and her 1st District counterpart John Cranley (who has been sucked into this, and will regret allowing that to happen), have publicly gone into full hysteria mode, as noted in Malia Rulon’s final item in today’s “Local News” report at the Cincinnati Enquirer (bold is mine):

Victoria Wulsin, who is challenging Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt, said: “We should never import nuclear waste into our backyard.”

Their statements (Cranley’s quotes were excluded from the excerpt — Ed.) came after Schmidt said she supports a study looking at whether the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion plant in Piketon should be used to temporarily store and recycle spent nuclear fuel rods.

The proposal has come under fire by environmentalists and neighbors of the plant who are worried that once the waste gets to the plant, it will be stuck there forever.

Schmidt has made it clear that she’s not advocating for or against the plan, but she thinks it should be considered, especially since it could bring thousands of jobs to the economically distressed region.

Says Wulsin: “A nuclear waste dump is not the solution to our jobs problem.”

NOBODY is talking about a “waste dump” or a “waste disposal site” — except Vic Wulsin and her Democrat acolytes.

On Page 2 of a “clever” letter on Monday, October 31 to the heads of the two union locals and another official, after spending much of the letter affirming HER SUPPORT for the proposed expansion of work at Piketon, Wulsin slips in this sentence (find the green arrow at the link): “We should strive to create new job opportunities at Piketon, without establishing a nuclear waste disposal site.”

Clearly, this insertion and the hysteria Team Wulsin has created over the fictional possibility of permanently storing nuclear waste at Piketon has troubled those who have worked hard to preserve and expand the facility safely.

It was all apparently too much for the head of the United Steelworkers local, who just yesterday fired back a letter to Wilson with the following:

  • Two references (green arrows at the link) thanking Wulsin for her SUPPORT of the facility and Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), which would expand the facility.
  • Two paragraphs (in red boxes at the link) — the first, stating that there is a “fundamental misconception” about the site analysis (the “study” referred to by Rulon above); and second, a firm statement that “no elected official including your opponent Congresswoman Schmidt, union member, or community leader supports the idea of creating a waste dump at the Piketon site.”

This can be summed up in nine words: Wulsin planted the story. She’s making it all up.

Nobody with a conscience can vote for a candidate who would perpetrate such a calculated FALSE smear in the final days of an election campaign (true claims are always fair game, and are always welcome), which is why this is BizzyBlog Dealbreaker 3.

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UPDATE: Well, what have we here? I have learned of a letter (link here), dated today, from the USW to Congresswoman Schmidt, containing this choice sentence in the fourth paragraph:

I appreciate very much the fact that you have continually expressed your strong opposition to Piketon becoming a so-called “waste dump.” As you and the rest of our nation know, Yucca Mountain is where our nation will store nuclear waste.

I guess “the rest of our nation” doesn’t include Vic Wulsin.

UPDATE 2: It would be nice to think that The Cincinnati Enquirer would be embarrassed at the story Malia Rulon put up in today’s paper and get busy. An e-mail on this post and the W-T-F post was sent to several reporters ths afternoon.

UPDATE 3: I think a really interesting question is whether Vic Wulsin told the straight story to the people at Emily’s List (one of three radical organizations, along with NOW and NARAL, who have endorsed Wulsin but are not listed at the Endorsements page at the Wulsin campaign’s web site). Emily’s List and its affiliated PACs are funding the lion’s share of Wulsin’s final day radio-TV blitz. To think that she might have taken money under false pretenses from them, possibly denying a more “deserving” Democrat campaign money it could have used, makes me wish I was a fly on the wall at Emily’s List headquarters right about now. (Of course, it’s possible that the Emily’s Listers know darn well about the degree of the subterfuge and went ahead anyway.)

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13 Comments

  1. That “pop” you heard was the chance Wulsin had of winning this district.

    Small enough as it was…

    Comment by dave — November 2, 2006 @ 2:29 pm

  2. I’ll check my audio archiving machine when I get home for the audio…

    Comment by Matt Hurley — November 2, 2006 @ 3:19 pm

  3. [...] Bizzyblog has more, and details how the Vic Wulsin created this story out of thin air and then sold it to the Enquirer. Don’t miss update 3: I think a really interesting question is whether Vic Wulsin told the straight story to the people at Emily’s List (one of three radical organizations, along with NOW and NARAL, who have endorsed Wulsin but are not listed at the Endorsements page at the Wulsin campaign’s web site). Emily’s List and its affiliated PACs are funding the lion’s share of Wulsin’s final day radio-TV blitz. To think that she might have taken money under false pretenses from them, possibly denying a more “deserving” Democrat campaign money it could have used, makes me wish I was a fly on the wall at Emily’s List headquarters right about now. (Of course, it’s possible that the Emily’s Listers know darn well about the degree of the subterfuge and went ahead anyway.) [...]

    Pingback by NixGuy.com » BUSTED: Vic Wulsin Supports Makes Up Story, Suckers Enquirer — November 2, 2006 @ 5:10 pm

  4. Anyone who thinks that Yucca Mountain will store nuclear material in the near future needs to double up on their pills. Despite the fact that Yucca is far out in the Nevada desert, and is fully built, the DOE agreement is that it won’t be used for storage before 2017.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yucca_Mountain)

    That’s stupid, but real. Meanwhile some moron is suggesting Piketon as an intermediate stop. All you need is one leak, and it ain’t worth it.

    Yucca Mountain is in Nye County which has legalized prostitution. Maybe some of you folks should sign up there and stop trying to turn Eastern Ohio into another Area 51.

    Comment by Mike Roser — November 2, 2006 @ 10:31 pm

  5. #4, Anyone who thinks they are going to start operations before having an ironclad agreement on where the post-production/conversion waste is going needs to double up on their pills.

    And by all means convey your concerns to Vic Wulsin, who behind our backs is pretending to support the project (Oct. 31 letter), while telling voters, and maybe lyng to Emilys List, that she is against it.

    And you, apparently, can tell everyone you just want Piketon shut down forever.

    Area 51 is where UFOs supposedly are stored. The relationship to nuke waste is …..? I think having UFOs in the eastern part of the district would be sort of entertaining. :–>

    Comment by TBlumer — November 3, 2006 @ 5:32 am

  6. Let me type reeaaalll ssllloooowwww: Folks in Nevada want Yucca Mountain disbanded. Nevada is growing like mad. They can exert a disproportionate amount of political pressure at a national level. If you set Piketon up as a possible nuclear waste storage site, it will become the preferred alternative. If you care about your community and your children and your grandchildren and your neighbors downstream – DON’T GO THERE!!!!

    Be grateful for the American Centrifuge installation. Build a 21st Century Energy Institute on the rest of the property. Get some high-paying jobs. You won’t be able to get intellectual property organizations to move in next to a radioactive dump site.

    (Area 51 is on the other side of Nellis Airforce base, in next county to the east of Nye. The Groom Lake facility is where all the secret airforce stuff takes place. Area 51 is the location near all this where UFO’s are often reported. Who knows where they are “stored”? There are lots of theories; many related to the nuclear blast that took place in the 1950′s at Yucca Flats.)

    Look, you can criticize Wulsin for many things, but not about protecting us from environmental radiation exposure. That’s what the Jean Schmidt proposal could lead to. Don’t study the possiblity. Don’t let some earmarking fool push it!

    If you doubt me, check into the increased cancer risk of Western Hamilton County during the 1960′s and 1970′s compared with the Eastern half. Was this related to Ferald? Who knows, but the best guess is YES.

    Comment by Mike Roser — November 3, 2006 @ 9:59 am

  7. #6 — Let me say this realllll slooooooowwwww — your beef is with Schmidt AND Wulsin, because Wulsin has told the union she SUPPORTS the GNEP proposal.

    BUT, only one candidate has lied.

    Paranoia gets you nowhere. I stand by this statement:

    Anyone who thinks they are going to start operations before having an ironclad agreement on where the post-production/conversion waste is going needs to double up on their pills.

    You have nothing but paranoia to make anyone think otherwise.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 3, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  8. Grow up. Go on Jerry Springer and shout |||LIER, LIER|||

    Jean Schmidt went in front front of Congress and accused a decorated marine of Cut ‘N Run. She hadn’t done her homework. She violated House rules.

    Jean Schmidt epitomizes Ready, Fire, Aim politics.

    She’s a five cylinder person in an eight cylinder world.

    She’s a regressive, repressive candidate who needs an education and a heart.

    This country has problems. Serious economic and social problems.

    The middle class is being undercut by venal ignorance. Stop being part of the problem and join us with solutions.

    Comment by Mike Roser — November 3, 2006 @ 2:22 pm

  9. You grow up.

    Wulsin “supported the facility before she was against it.”

    Wulsin has 3 BizzyBlog Dealbreakers.

    Schmidt, for all her imperfections, has none, and I keep a fair count. If you look at the definition of a Dealbreaker, you either have to agree that she has none, or you are being fundamentally dishonest.

    End of story.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 3, 2006 @ 2:49 pm

  10. However you want to justify big, intrusive, wasteful government, be my guest.

    Wulsin came out in support of the Portsmouth Centrifuge program. She supports a 21st Century energy program. She does not want spent nuclear material stored there.

    Schmidt supports anything Federal money will buy.

    The Union wants low-tech jobs that would stay unionized.

    Read the documents again, “Dealbreaker”.

    Comment by Mike Roser — November 3, 2006 @ 4:25 pm

  11. #10, nice try no sale.

    What part of …..

    *“no elected official including your opponent Congresswoman Schmidt, union member, or community leader supports the idea of creating a waste dump at the Piketon site.”*

    ….. don’t you understand?

    That reverse class warfare thing you threw in is a real classy touch.

    My question is how smart someone can be (that would be you) if they don’t know the difference between *stored* (kept in inventory pending usage) and *dumped* (kept onsite forever).

    Wulsin said she is against a *disposal site*. She did NOT say she is against *storage*.

    You have nothing else to contribute to this post.

    Comment by TBlumer — November 4, 2006 @ 12:07 am

  12. The class warfare thing was a quote from Buffett. He may be shirtsleeves, but he’s done OK, playing by the rules. Certainly better than Lindner and his acolyte Charlie Keating who both financially support Mean Jean Schmidt.

    You seem to understand little about nuclear power and its legacy of spent fuel rods. Storage and disposal historically merge. It’s not a trivial or benign problem.

    Schmidt’s repeated statements insist that she is willing to accept a storage site in Piketon if the local people want it. Locals say they don’t. But whatever, Schmidt should do some homework and look into the downstream consequences. That would call for intelligence and leadership. Schmidt displays neither.

    Why don’t the candidates debate the issue? Schmidt has ducked this so far, can you get her stop running? There’s still time.

    Comment by Mike Roser — November 4, 2006 @ 3:43 am

  13. #12, That would be William Keating, local attorney and non-criminal, NOT Charles Keating, crminal son of criminal father.

    Nice try at a smear. I think you knew better too.

    And perhaps you can tell me how Carl Lindner hasn\’t played by the rules. Your contention that he hasn\’t would be a smear too.

    There\’s nothing to debate on the Piketon issue. They both agree. Wulsin has said so, except to the public. That\’s the WHOLE point, and the LAST comment from you on ths thread.

    Given the smears and the refusal to understand the point that Wulsin is playing deceptive games in public while agreeing in private, I\’m wondering why anyone should believe a word you type?

    Comment by TBlumer — November 4, 2006 @ 8:41 am

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