The Obama administration has sent an official three-person delegation to Caracas to attend Friday’s funeral for deceased Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.
According to US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland, they are former Massachusetts Congressman William Delahunt, U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks of New York and State Department diplomat James Derham.
Joins Ahmadinejad and Castro at Chavez funeral
Chavez's funeral is being attended by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Cuban President Raul Castro and Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko, all of whom, like Chavez, have their issues with Western capitalist society.
Left under a cloud (or two)
The former Congressman, who represented Cape Cod for 18 years, retired after accusations that he abetted a murder while he was the Norfolk County District Attorney.
Amy Bishop’s February 2010 arrest in the fatal shootings of three biology department colleagues at the University of Alabama at Huntsville put her teenage brother’s death in Massachusetts back in the spotlight.
It was suggested that Delahunt may have used his influence in Quincy to allow the files on the Amy Bishop killing of her brother in 1989 to be closed while he was in a position to prevent three later murders.
Source of "Joe-4-Oil" fuel
Delahunt was often criticized as being a puppet for Sen. Ted Kennedy. He orchestrated Joe Kennedy's campaign to get free oil from Chavez.
Former Cape Cod Times and Cape Cod Today reporter Jack Coleman quotes this from Human Events in his News Busters column today that "Chavez hoped to directly influence congressional policy and interfere in American elections with the program, which was engineered in concert with former Democratic Rep. Bill Delahunt of Massachusetts and is administered (in part) through Citizens Energy, a non-profit co-operative founded and run by former Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy II."
During the early 2000s, he organized a little reported effort named the “Groupo De Boston” which brought U.S. members of Congress to meet socially with Venezuelan lawmakers in Caracas.
Following this, Groupo De Boston brought several Venezuelan lawmakers to Cape Cod to attend more social meetings.
Later Delahunt was criticized getting paid for lobbying for the Wampanoag Tribe while in office.
Read the Global-Post report here.
Redad Jack Coleman's Newsbusters report here.