Irony: “Consumer Advocate” Lizzy Warren Helped Insurance Company Deny Paying Asbestos Victims

Posted by on Jan 30, 2012 at 8:37 am

Gee, this should really help the “Mother of the Occupy Movement” burnish her street cred as being a champion of the little guy, huh? It’s no wonder Obama never put her up for a Senate hearing, considering this information would likely have been revealed.

While Marsha Coakley and Lizzy Warren share the same personal flaws of being out of touch with the Massachusetts middle class, the Harvard professor also has a potential deadly political sin in her background. Maybe it is the reason President Obama didn’t nominate her to head up the consumer agency. It is not a secret that his administration believed Lizzy couldn’t survive the Senate confirmation process.

One of the Harvard professor’s many well-compensated part-time gigs included consulting for Travelers Insurance. I know that it is hard to believe that on one hand, Democrats would be bashing an industry, and on the other hand they are making money from it. To be a Democrat is to be a hypocrite.

What did Lizzy do to earn $44,000 in compensation from the insurance company? She made it harder for claimants to collect. Warren helped establish the bankruptcy strategy for companies to avoid crushing lawsuits. In short, go bankrupt to avoid paying victims.

In court briefings, she supported the effort to protect Travelers Insurance from future lawsuits after agreeing to a $500 million settlement with asbestos plaintiffs.

That sort of destroys her image as consumer advocate, doesn’t it?

It is too bad that Brown and Warren signed the pact banning third-party television commercials, because I’m sure the nonpartisan League of Women Vultures has been gearing up to run ads showing asbestos victims complaining about Lizzy. Yeah, right. Well, maybe they could at least issue an apology to Brown for the nasty ads they ran last summer against him on clean air.

Without the League’s help, Brown’s team can still run their own commercials. They should copy Ted Kennedy’s corporate raider commercials against Mitt Romney that featured laid-off workers. Brown’s sympathetic ads would have asbestos victims and their families talking about their hardships. He can also have them at various debates to counter her claims of being a consumer advocate.

Don’t think this is a big issue? What if Brown had helped Travelers Insurance?

Indeed, we’d never hear the end of it, and anyone associated with Travelers who ever made a donation to the GOP would have their lives made miserable.

But Queen Lizzy will get a free pass. She’s got that protective “D” after her name.

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