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Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Only known images of Republican money man Arthur Finkelstein

According to the Simon Wiesenthal Center a Kapo was:
A prisoner chosen by the SS to head a work gang made up of other prisoners. Often chosen from the criminal element, the Kapos were treated better and, more often than not, brutalized other prisoners.

The mysterious Arthur Finkelstein has for more than 25 years been at the forefront of the GOP's efforts to demonize political opponants as anti-family homosexual-supporting exemplars of a fanciful ultra left.
Finkelstein's latest smear target is New York Senator Hillary Clinton.
On Saturday the New York Times reported:

Finkelstein, 59...said in a brief interview that he had married his partner of 40 years to ensure that the couple had the same benefits available to married heterosexual couples.
"I believe that visitation rights, health care benefits and other human relationship contracts that are taken for granted by all married people should be available to partners"...Mr. Finkelstein's associates...did not view his marriage as a political statement...[and] declined to provide his spouse's name...Boston Magazine [the publication that outed Finkelstein in 1996]...reported that Mr. Finkelstein lived with his partner and two children in Ipswich, Mass.

Yesterday former President Bill Clinton described Finkelstein as a self-hating GOP type in the grand tradition of Roy Cohen, former Congressman Robert Bauman and current Congressmen David Dreier and Mark Foley.
According to the New York Daily News:

Clinton wasn't about to let just anybody attack his wife - especially a gay Republican operative..."He went to Massachusetts and married his longtime male partner and then he comes back here and announces this. I thought, one of two things. Either this guy believes his party is not serious, and is totally Machiavellian in his position, or there's some sort of self-loathing there. I was more sad for him."

From the Fall 2004 edition (HTML) of the Essex County Trail Association News of the Massachusetts communities of Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Topsfield and Wenham:

The Essex County Trail Association hosted a cocktail party and silent auction at Waldingfield, home of Arthur Finkelstein and Donald Curiale.

Curiale is listed as the President of the Essex County Trail Association and is in one of the blurry photos shown in the Adobe format file of the Fall 2004 Trail Association News.
An email address for Mr. Curiale is listed on the Trail Association's webpage.

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