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FTR #673 Nancy Pelosi: Bormann Democrat?

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In this program we explore the actions and political heritage of House speaker Nancy Pelosi, viewed against the background of the ideology and career of SS man Otto Von Bolschwing. Von Bolschwing’s protege Helene Von Damm selected the personnel who have staffed the GOP over the years. The junior players in the Reagan administrations became some of the senior figures–the so-called neo-cons–in the Bush II years. The program—interrogatory in nature—asks if Pelosi might be an accomplice of the Underground Reich, a “Bormann Democrat.” This is not to say that Ms. Pelosi doesn’t have a good overall voting record, but financial ties often transcend party allegiance. (The reference is, as veteran listeners know, to the Bormann capital network, the decisively powerful economic component of a Third Reich gone underground, exposed by the late, heroic Paul Manning.)

Beginning with Pelosi’s statement about having been mislead by the CIA about torture, the program notes that Pelosi has been, in effect, something of an Achilles Heel for the Obama administration. Pelosi has served as a lightning rod to Republican attacks on Obama’s stimulus proposal, with regard to delays in, and watering down of, the package. In addition, Pelosi has indicated opposition to additional budgetary outlays to prop up the economy, despite many leading economists’ views that considerably more money must be allocated, in order to avoid catastrophe. Although these developments may be happenstance, Pelosi’s background and political heritage suggest a possible sinister explanation.

The broadcast features discussion of links between the Von Bolschwing/Getty family milieu and prominent Bay Area Democrats, including San Francisco mayor Gavin Newsom and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Von Bolschwing conspired with Axis sympathizers to ship oil to Nazi Germany. One of Von Bolschwing’s allies in that scheme was Nazi sympathizer and personal friend of Hitler J. Paul Getty, whose family remained close to Von Bolschwing during his postwar, American career, along with intimate Getty friend and legal adviser Justice William Newsom. Both Justice Newsom (Gavin’s father) and members of the Getty family were involved with von Bolschwing’s TCI firm.

Pelosi’s sister-in-law, Belinda Barbara Newsom, was Justice Newsom’s sister and Gavin’s aunt. Nancy Pelosi’s husband, Paul, became a billionaire in the gaming machine industry. Again, this program asks whether the tie-ins between Pelosi and the milieu of Underground Reich lynchpin von Bolschwing might have something to do with her weakening of the Obama administration.

Program Highlights Include: A reading of the original San Jose Mercury News article about von Bolschwing, including his business ties; review of the Nazi element in the GOP–the Republican Ethnic Heritage wing; review of von Bolschwing’s links to the Gehlen spy organiation.

1. Beginning with House Speaker Pelosi’s recent pronouncements about the CIA having mislead her about waterboarding, the program notes that flak from that controversy may enmesh President Obama.

“The furor over House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s accusations against the Central Intelligence Agency serves a purpose beyond finding out how the United States came to embrace torture. The San Francisco Democrat, deeply partisan and often ridiculed, offers Republicans their best shot yet at blocking a popular president whose poll numbers have so far defied gravity.

The uproar comes just as President Obama is heading into a transformative fight over health care, with Pelosi as his chief lieutenant. It also finds Obama suddenly playing defense on terror issues, reversing himself on releasing detainee photos and on ending military commissions, even as his CIA director, Leon Panetta, sought to calm enraged employees. Ironically, the controversy has come down to a credibility test pitting Pelosi, whose modus operandi has never been known to include lying, against the Central Intelligence Agency, an institution deeply damaged by the use of flawed intelligence to invade Iraq and now on the defensive for its use of torture.Panetta is considered a wise man of California and national politics who worked for years with Pelosi as a congressman from Monterey. On Friday, he reiterated his statement that agency records show CIA officers briefed lawmakers truthfully in 2002 on the interrogation methods, but also said it is up to Congress to draw its own conclusions.

Pelosi, who was sometimes ruthless in her drive to the top, elicits a fear and loathing among Republicans similar to the effect former Speaker Newt Gingrich had on Democrats. Her poll numbers are also considerably lower than Obama’s. It is no accident that Republican leaders time and again praise Obama’s efforts to reach across the aisle and direct their fire instead at the speaker. Her undisguised dislike of former President George W. Bush and profound ideological disputes with Republicans only fuel the fires. Gingrich on Friday called Pelosi “a trivial politician” driven by partisan politics. Pelosi radically notched up the stakes Thursday when she accused the CIA of lying after several Republicans, including former Bush White House political czar Karl Rove, accused her of the same. The fight comes on the heels of internal GOP polling warning Republicans against simply opposing Obama.”According to the CIA’s record, Speaker Pelosi was briefed on what had been done,” said Sen. Kit Bond of Missouri, the top Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, who said he has reviewed notes from the Pelosi briefing. “It’s outrageous that a member of Congress would call our terror-fighters liars.” The fact is, no one knows what happened in the Sept. 4, 2002, briefing at issue other than those who were in it. Their memories diverge along party lines. Former House Intelligence Committee Chairman Porter Goss, a Republican who was briefed with Pelosi and later became CIA director, has insisted that they were told waterboarding was used.Sen. Bob Graham, a Florida Democrat who was the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, received an identical briefing, according to the CIA timeline, three weeks after Pelosi’s. Graham backed Pelosi’s recollections. “When I was briefed, the subject of waterboarding did not come up. Nor did the treatment of Abu Zubaydah or any other specific detainee,” he told MSNBC on Friday. Graham said the briefings came “the same week, in fact, that the CIA was submitting its National Intelligence Estimate on weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, which proves so erroneous that we went to war, have had thousands of persons killed and injured as a result of misinformation.” Pelosi has been consistent throughout in insisting that she was told only that the administration had legal grounds to use harsh techniques. As it turns out, outside contractors had already waterboarded al Qaeda suspect Abu Zubaydah 83 times. Pelosi said the CIA “gave me inaccurate and incomplete information.”

Both sides are now calling for declassification of the detailed notes from the briefing, but these are unlikely to clear up the matter.Panetta said in his memo to CIA employees Friday, “Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. … Our contemporaneous records from September 2002 indicate that CIA officers briefed truthfully on the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah, describing ‘the enhanced techniques that had been employed.’ Ultimately, it is up to Congress to evaluate all the evidence and reach its own conclusions about what happened.”In his earlier letter accompanying the timeline, Panetta said it “presents the most thorough information we have on dates, locations, and names of all members of Congress who were briefed by the CIA on enhanced interrogation techniques. This information, however, is drawn from the past files of the CIA and represents MFRs memorandum for the record completed at the time and notes that summarized the best recollections of those individuals.”Panetta, a former White House chief of staff and a political moderate, urged employees to “ignore the noise and stay focused on your mission.””We are an agency of high integrity, professionalism, and dedication,” he wrote. “Our task is to tell it like it is – even if that’s not what people always want to hear. Keep it up. Our national security depends on it.”Pelosi says her remarks are directed at the Bush administration, not the CIA. “My criticism of the manner in which the Bush administration did not appropriately inform Congress is separate from my respect for those in the intelligence community who work to keep our country safe,” she said Friday.Panetta had argued strenuously in a pitched White House debate last month against releasing the four classified memos by Bush administration lawyers that constructed the legal grounds for harsh interrogation techniques. Obama sided with those who urged their release, touching off the debate that has claimed Pelosi as its chief victim.

Graham’s description of his briefing echoed what Sen. Dianne Feinstein said is typical, saying it was “nothing very remarkable. They were discussing the fact that they had detainees and that they were interrogating detainees. But nothing such as that they were using these extreme torture techniques that would have made it a surprising briefing.” Feinstein, a California Democrat who now chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, is conducting a thorough closed-door review of the entire matter and expects to issue a report within eight months. The controversy plays into arguments by former Bush officials, led by former Vice President Dick Cheney, that Obama is undermining Bush administration policies that kept the country safe. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky urged Democrats to stop ‘attacking the CIA,’ and to ‘notice one more time that the CIA and our other agencies have kept us safe since 9/11. … I don’t know that anybody is upset that we haven’t been attacked again for 7 1/2 years. The CIA has been a big part of that.'”

“Pelosi’s Woes May Hit Obama” by Carolyn Lochhead; San Francisco Chronicle; 5/16/2009; p. A1.

2. During the Congressional debate over President Obama’s stimulus package, Pelosi became a target for GOP ire.

“The drama over President Obama’s pricey stimulus package has put House Speaker Nancy Pelosi at center stage. And when the curtain comes down on the final plan, the reviews may come to this: Did she play the uniter or the divider?

Pelosi, who has consistently talked about working across the aisle, led the charge last week as the initial $819 billion version of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act emerged from the House – approved without a single Republican vote.

Republicans managed what some had thought impossible: a show of unity and steely resistance to the speaker little more than a week after the popular Democratic president took the oath of office.

Fired up by a Rush Limbaugh-led charge against what they called a ‘Pelosi-Reid’ pork-laden package, GOP leaders took to the airwaves and the blogs to lambaste items such as $335 million in funding for education against sexually transmitted diseases and a makeover of the National Mall. They talked up the need for more tax relief, which they said would bolster the economy and howled that they were shut out of the process.

The Republicans who seemed so lost and so in disarray all of a sudden grasped the upper hand,’ said Hoover Institution research fellow Bill Whalen. ‘They’ve managed to change the focus from what the package will do to what’s in the package – waste and pork.’

With new Gallup polls showing that only 38 percent of Americans support the plan without major changes – and nearly 80 percent believe the current plan will not stimulate the economy enough – it now appears the president ‘is slowly losing the high ground on this,’ he said.

‘Speaker Pelosi lost round one in the message war,’ agrees GOP strategist Patrick Dorinson. ‘She misread the election results. They were overwhelming for Barack Obama, but Congress is still languishing with a 27 percent approval rating.’ He said that Pelosi appeared to take Obama’s approval as a signal her party could ‘make a grab bag of Democratic wish lists’ and add them to the package, he said. ‘Republicans rightly pointed out the hypocrisy.’ . . .”

“Heat’s on Pelosi in Stimulus Battle” by Carla Marinucci; San Francisco Chronicle; 2/5/2009; pp. A1-A11.

3. Pelosi also became the focal point of blame for delays in the enactment of the stimulus package.

“Senate Republicans blamed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco Wednesday for tripping up President Obama’s $902 billion stimulus bill, as the giant legislation remained in the Senate, hostage to GOP demands for more tax cuts and less spending.

Republicans won a major victory with unanimous approval of an amendment late Wednesday that would give home buyers a tax credit of up to $15,000, or 10 percent of the value of new or existing residences. Sponsor Sen. Johnny Isakson of Georgia said a similar credit in 1974 helped revive the housing market then. The amendment could add $19 billion to the bill’s cost.

Obama, after weeks of making overtures to Republicans, warned that ‘a failure to act, and act now, will turn crisis into catastrophe.’ He said GOP criticisms ‘echo the very same failed economic theories that lead us into this crisis in the first place: the notion that tax cuts alone will solve all our problems; that we can ignore fundamental challenges like energy independence and the high cost of health care.’

Republicans have found new unity attacking the stimulus as a big-spending bonanza that will do little to stimulate the economy. A House vote last week that failed to draw even one Republican vote and lost 11 conservative Democrats galvanized Senate Republicans, who touted new polls showing rising public skepticism of the plan.

Obama’s intense wooing of the opposing party so far seems to have paid few dividends. His courting of his former rival John McCain, R-Ariz., has not stopped McCain from going to the Senate floor to attack whole sections of the stimulus bill as a giant earmark and vowing to vote against it.

‘No bill is better than this bill, because it increases the deficit by over $1 trillion,’ McCain said.

Republicans have trained most of their fire, however, on Pelosi, whose poll numbers are closer to their own than to Obama’s. They say she jammed a Democratic wish list through the House without their consultation. . . .”

“GOP Blames Pelosi for Snag in Stimulus Bill” by Carolyn Lochhead; San Francisco Chronicle; 2/5/2009; p. A7.

4. Whereas many leading economists feel that a larger stimulus (and/or supplemental stimuli) may well be required to avoid economic catastrophe, Pelosi has thrown cold water on aspirations for such an event.

“House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that a second economic stimulus package is not “in the cards” in the short term, disappointing those seeking another quick infusion of federal dollars into the struggling economy.

Pelosi’s statement came less than a month after President Obama signed the $787 billion stimulus measure into law and on the same day the Obama administration warned state officials gathered in Washington that it would keep a close eye on how they spend the money allotted to them from that package.

Pelosi had helped nudge the idea of another stimulus on Tuesday when she said that Congress should “keep the door open” to the possibility. And House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., said this week he would begin “preparing options” for a second stimulus.

But Democratic aides have cautioned strongly that another stimulus is not a serious possibility in the short term, and Pelosi said Thursday that she “really would like to see this stimulus package play out” before contemplating another one.

“I don’t think you ever close the door to being prepared for whatever eventuality may come,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference, but emphasized that a second stimulus package is “just not right now something that’s in the cards.”

Some prominent economists have suggested that a second stimulus, costing several hundred billion dollars, might well be needed. Mark Zandi, the chief economist at Moody’s Economy.com who has become a key adviser to House Democrats, said this week that “policymakers need to do more. I don’t think we’re done. … I think another stimulus package is a reasonable probability, given the way things are going.”

The Wall Street Journal’s most recent forecasting survey, a poll of 49 economists, found that more than 40 percent of respondents thought a second large stimulus package remains necessary to boost the economy. . . .”

“Pelosi Dashes Hopes for More Aid Soon” by Ben Pershing [Washington Post]; San Francisco Chronicle; 3/13/2009; p. A6.

5. The concluding part of the program reviews information about the links between SS officer Otto von Bolschwing, his protege Helene Von Damm, his close friend and business associate Justice William Newsom and the Pelosi family.

“For the past 10 years, Otto Albrecht von Bolschwing’s carefully constructed life in America has been coming apart a piece at a time.

He was president of a high-technology investment firm with headquarters in Sacramento and subsidiaries in Silicon Valley. It went bankrupt in a 1971 scandal.

He was a doting husband until his ailing wife killed herself in 1978.

He numbered among his business associates millionaires, bankers and scientists. Then his brain stem was hit with a rare disease two years ago, sending him into isolation at a Carmichael rest home.

He told his friends he had worked for the Americans during and after the World War II. But in May, the federal government began proceedings to deport him for lying about his Nazi past.

In a widely publicized attempt to revoke von Bolschwing’s citizenship, the Justice Department accused him of helping Hitler’s persecution of European Jews, and of being an associate of Adolf Eichmann, the architect of Germany’s mass killing program.

The disclosures come at the end of a long, improbable career that took von Bolschwing through the Nazi hierarchy, into the CIA and finally to the highest levels of American business.

The list of people he knew, some of whom met him through a California high technology business venture in 1970 reads like a Who’s Who. They include justice William A. Newsom of the 1st District Court of Appeals in San Francisco. Helene von Damm, President Reagan’s personal secretary. Thomas A. Franzioli, banker to the Boston Cabot family, Emanuel Fthenakis, Fairchild Corp. senior vice president. Elmer Bobst, president of Warner Lambert Pharmaceutical Co.; and Albert Driscoll, former New Jersey governor and Warner Lambert’s chairman.

‘I’m nonplused.’ Justice Newsom said. ‘I thought, if anything, Otto had been pro-American during the war.’

As a businessman, von Bolschwing was vague about the war years. He said he had been a Gestapo prisoner and had worked for the CIA in postwar Germany.

In 1969 he was asked about his German past during a job interview with Trans-international Computer Investment Corp. a high flying investment firm that had founded several companies in the Silicon Valley. Von Bolschwing told his interviewer he had been a lawyer.

‘During what years was that?’ he was asked, according to a transcript of the interview.

‘Until I was thrown in the Gestapo prison … in 1942.’ Von Bolschwing responded ‘That was not a good experience … One should forget it because (1 or 2 illegible words) it only is a negative approach to life to think about bad things.’

After a moment’s reflection, he added ‘I think it would be better to speak about recent times than … God knows how many years ago.’

INTERVIEW PROHIBITED

Who was this ex-Nazi, and how did he prosper in America? Von Bolschwing’s attorney would not allow an interview. This account was developed from people who knew him, accounts of Nazi Germany, court records and business files.

Born Oct. 15, 1909 to East Prussian nobility (the family estate was founded in 1302), von Bolschwing attended school in Breslau, and became a Nazi party member at the age of 24, the only member of his family to do so.

He joined the SS, the elite secret police of the Nazis, six years later. According to the Justice Department, as an SS captain he helped plan the expulsion of Jews from the German Economy and developed anti-Jewish propaganda to force their emigration from Germany.

In a history of the SS by Heinz Hohne, von Bolschwing is described as “a party member, an SD (foreign intelligence) informer and experienced salesman in the motor trade.

In 1938, ‘he was in contact with a group of Palestinian Germans who lined their pockets by certain extramural activities,’ according to Hohne, who wrote that von Bolschwing spied on the Zionist Hagana army.

EJECTED BY BRITISH

Ejected from Palestine by the British for espionage, he surfaced in Romania as a government ‘oil expert.’ By his own account, in 1941 he helped the leadership of the Iron Guard, a right wing movement, escape to Berlin after it had gone on a three-day rampage in which many Jews – the estimates vary considerably – were killed.

The same year he became partner in the Amsterdam bank, the Bankvoor Oenroerende Zachen. Investigators said they suspect the bank mat have played a role in the ‘Aryanization’ – the forced sale of Dutch Jewish farms, businesses, homes and securities.

In August 1941, von Bolschwing was tossed into a Gestapo prison with no formal charges and in April 1942 he was just as mysteriously released. In 1945 he helped American troops entering Austria catch Nazi officials and SS officers, according to a letter written for von Bolschwing by a colonel in the 71st U.S. Infantry.

The war over, von Bolschwing made a move crucial to his future success. He became an American spy.

‘He knocked on the door of U.S. Army intelligence,’ a source explained. ‘and said. I’m experienced, I have a ring operating, If you give me a paycheck I’ll make you very happy.’ He was a sort of a miniature Reinhard Gehlen,

FROM SS TO CIA

Gehlen was the Nazi general who helped the CIA build a spy network in post war eastern Europe, then became head of postwar German intelligence activities. According to one unconfirmed report, von Bolschwing became the controller of Gehlen’s CIA operation after Gehlen returned to the German government. [Emphasis added.]

‘He must have done something right’ the source said.

In December 1953, von Bolschwing applied to immigrate to the United States, and on February 2, 1954, he arrived in this country. After obtaining several menial jobs, he became a citizen in 1959 and his career took a sudden upward turn.

He became an assistant to the director of international marketing at Warner Lambert Pharmaceuticals Co., developing close ties to the company’s president, the late Elmer Bobst, and its honorary board chairman, former New Jersey Gov. Alfred Driscolll, according to a close associate.

‘His contacts at Warner Lambert were way out of proportion with his job.’ The associate said. ‘Driscoll continued to write him recommendations for many years’.

DEVELOPED FACTORY

By the mid 1960’s, von Bolschwing had become an executive with Cabot Manufacturing. As chief financial officer for its German subsidiary, he developed a $50 million carbon black for Cabot in Germany.

The deal was financed through through Thomas Franzioli, senior vice president for the First National Bank of Boston, Franzioli recalls that von Bolschwing then branched out on his own.

‘He was starting a business importing wine from Argentina’ Franzioli recalled. ‘I don’t know if it ever got off the ground.’

In March 1969 von Bolschwing got a job in high technology. He was retained as an international business consultant by TCI, the Sacramento firm.

The company planned to commercialize on technology development in the Silicon Valley and used a few years earlier to monitor troop movements in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war according to the firm’s founder, Oswlad S. Williams.

TCI’s subsidiaries in Palo Alto and Mountain View, Advanced Information Systems and International Imaging Systems, were developing a high volume computer network for business and a navigation system for oil tankers using satellite communications, Williams said.

HELPED DEFENSE DEPARTMENT

The company also did classified work for the Department of Defense. ‘Ours was going to be a sensitive thing.’ Williams explained. ‘We all had to have security clearances.’

Von Bolschwing was brought in because ‘we wanted contracts in Europe and he had them.’ Williams said.

A TCI memo written in 1969 reported that its new consultant ‘has extremely valuable connections and information in Germany, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, the Netherlands, Antilles and South America. Mr. von Bolschwing’s connections in these countries are current.’

His contacts include officials of the German branch of Chase Manhattan Bank and an owner of the Berliner Handels Gesellschaft in Frankfurt, one of Europe’s largest banks, the memo said.

TCI’s high powered directors – one was J. Paul Getty Jr. son of the oil billionaire – thought enough of von Bolschwing to make him the firm’s president in 1970.

‘He seems like a very polite and cultured person,’ said Walter F. Leverton, former vice president for satellite systems of the Aero-space Corp. Leverton sat on the board of TCI.

TOLD OF WORK FOR THE U.S.

Justice Newsom, who traveled as a TCI attorney with von Bolschwing in Europe in 1969-70, and said von Bolschwing alluded to wartime work for the Americans.

‘He was suave and plausible’ Newsom said. ‘He seemed to have all the credentials… He looked kind of world weary,’ recalled Newsom. ‘He had the long cigarette holder, his hair was slicked back.’

Emanuel Fthenakis, who had resigned an International Telephone and Telegraph vice-presidency to sign with TCI, also traveled with von Bolschwing in Europe, meeting his banking and industry contacts.

‘Otto was very pleasant and soft spoken,’ Fthenakis said. ‘He talked about his past of working for intelligence. I don’t know if it was the CIA or what. But after the war, he helped the United States and the allies to find Nazis.’

Records and interviews with TCI officials indicate that Helene von Damm, President Regan’s Austrian born, deputy assistant, translated some German contracts for TCI and invested $1,000 in it while she was than Gov. Regan’s secretary in Sacramento.

Von Damm was ‘too busy’ to talk about von Bolschwing, but through her White House secretary said she knew him ‘socially’ in Sacramento ‘many years ago.’

SYNDICATE TROUBLE

In 1970 TCI ran into trouble with the Department of Corporations, Several major stockholders were syndicating its stock, selling it to small investors in Sacramento.

‘It was the hottest thing in town.’ Recalled Brian Van Camp now a private attorney but then the commissioner of corporations.

The trading was found to be illegal under a 1968 law requiring security sales to be registered.

The Department of Corporations suspended trading in TCI stock, and in 1972 the Sacramento District Attorney’s office prosecuted several stockholders, calling it ‘possibly the biggest stock fraud in California history.’

Von Bolschwing had not syndicated any stock and his name was not mentioned in the news accounts of the proscecution. He asked for time to bail out TCI with ‘a certain financial deal involving coal mining in Tennessee’, according to a Department of Corporations memorandum. Bud he couldn’t do it and TCI went under.

The business failure rocked von Bolschwing. On its heels, his wife, suffering from a painful illness, took her own life. ‘He was never the same after that’ an associate said.

A year later, he had a new worry.

Justice Department investigators had stumbled across the name of Otto von Bolschwing in 1979 while working on the case of Valerian Trifa, a leader of the Iron Guard’s anti-Jewish rampage in Romania.

Investigators had found Trifa in Detroit and in investigating him, they interviewed von Bolschwing. He admitted helping Trifa and other Iron Guard members escape Romania after the 1941 pogrom. But in a sworn statement he denied ever having been a member of the SS the SD or the Nazi Party.

The Investigators came back again in February. This time it was a different story, as the transcript shows.

Question: Were you a member of the Nazi Party?

Von Bolschwing: Yes … 1932 I think, through 1945.

Q: Were you ever a member of the SS?

Von Bolschwing: Yes … from 1941 or 1942, I don’t know.

With those words, the last fragment of von Bolschwing’s illusory life in America crumbled.”

“Ex-Nazi’s Brilliant U.S. Career Strangled in a Web of Lies” by Pete Carey; San Jose Mercury; 11/20/1981; pp. 1A-24A.

6. The Getty interests were  very close to Otto Von Bolschwing, with J. Paul Getty, Jr. being a director of Von Bolschwing’s TCI firm, as seen above.

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7. Noting another part of the Von Bolschwing legacy, the program notes profound Getty family influence on Bay Area Democrats. Judge William Newsom was one of Von Bolschwing’s close personal friends and a director of TCI, Von Bolschwing’s electronics firm. His son Gavin Newsom is mayor of San Francisco. (In 2004, Newsom initiated the gay marriage program in San Francisco, in direct contravention of California law (under which gay marriage was illegal). Many key Democrats feel that Newsom’s actions had much to do with getting the Christian right to turn out in force for the 2004 election, thereby making it close enough for the Republicans to steal. When interviewed about his motives, Newsom replied with a George W. Bushian smirk. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is also very close to the Newsom/Getty axis, being a sister-in-law of Gavin Newsom. Her husband Paul Pelosi became a billionaire in the gaming machine industry. Doesn’t everybody? Again, the Gettys are VERY close to this bunch, and some members of the family have perpetuated the reactionary family political heritage. What we may well be seeing here are “Bormann Democrats.”

“Belinda Barbara Newsom, who was born into one politically prominent Bay Area family and married into another, died Saturday at their home in San Francisco at age 73. . . . Ms. Newsom, who went by Barbara and whose married name was Pelosi, was the sister-in-law of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the aunt of San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. . . ‘We were baptized Catholic and Democrat,’ chuckled [Von Bolschwing friend and business partner] Bill Newsom, the retired state appellate court justice and father of Mayor Newsom. . . .”

“Belinda Barbara Newsom–Politics Filled Her Life” by Julian Guthrie; San Francisco Chronicle; 11/24/2008; p. B3.

8. Fleshing out the “Getty Axis,” we review the fact that Karl Rove’s father Louis was the head geologist for Getty Oil!

” . . . His [Karl Rove’s] response was: Well, my senior year in high school, my Dad was coming home on Christmas Eve. He had gotten a new job, a huge job as the chief geologist at Getty Oil Company in Los Angeles. We were going to celebrate my birthday the next day. . . .”

“James Moore Explains Karl Rove, the Architect of Bush’s Master Plan” [Buzzflash Interview]; Buzzflash.com;9/19/2006.

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