The N&O, like other news outlets, reported that Bob Dole “has been hired by Dubai Ports World to help shepherd the company through a $6.8 billion deal to control terminals at six U.S. ports.”
Then the N&O whitewashed her blatant conflict of interest:
“Despite her husband’s work for Dubai, Elizabeth Dole wrote in a letter Wednesday that she is concerned about turning port operations over to a Middle Eastern company.”
Senator Dole said in her letter:
“I do not believe that a transaction of this importance should be finalized until the Administration and the Congress have had an opportunity to thoroughly examine, understand, and resolve these concerns.”
Contrast that with N.C. Rep. Sue Myrick’s one-sentence letter:
“Dear Mr. President: In regards to selling American ports to the United Arab Emirates, not just NO — but HELL NO!”
In fact, Senator Dole – in the language of politics – is carefully leaving the door wide open to eventually support the deal.
But – as the mainstream media has done since she first ran for the U.S. Senate – the N&O continued to give her a free pass on her husband’s role as Sellout Former Senator Turned Big-Bucks Lobbyist No. 1.
Just as the North Carolina media has given her a free pass on her striking absence both from the state and from any leadership in the Senate. Not to mention her time spent as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee – a role that I hear is being roundly criticized by Republicans in Washington.