CHRIS VAN HOLLEN JUNIOR: NANCY PELOSI’s SIGNIFICANT OTHER GUY

14 Nov

Investigat​ive Journalist New York Times Best Selling Author Nobel Prize Nominee Kenneth Timmerman fought to unseat Maryland District 8 incumbent Christopher Van Hollen Junior. Timmerman lost with a respectable % for a race run on shoestring and gas fumes.

The money wasn’t there. A victory of another kind was won. Chris Van Hollen’s hidden past was made public, picked up by media, only to be overlooked again in 2014.

Chris is a Junior. The impact of that, you say? Juniors usually are sons of seniors. That a son will hide his relationship to his father, is what is telling, an alert. Congressman Van Hollen Junior, a tall man, doesn’t talk about his upbringing, disappointing for such a cutting figure. Van Hollen Junior is, in the least, politically close with Former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, some say too close, described as tagging on to the Speaker’s skirts. Van Hollen Junior rising high to leadership on the Democratic House Budget Committee.[1]

Chris Van Hollen Junior is familiar man-type for former Speaker Pelosi, a comfort zone. Stand Chris Van Hollen Junior side-by-side Paul Pelosi, husband of former Speaker Pelosi, the two men could pass for brothers.

A son that is comfortable being his own man, a man that loves his father, a man too in love with his father, talks openly, comfortably, proudly about his father, valuing the legacy imbued in him. A man that hides from the paternal tether, being named after his father, an honor conferred on him, raises red flags. A man that describes his college age daughter to constituents as a child, raises red flags too. Anna Van Hollen, the Congressman’s college age daughter, filed news stories from Ramallah in the West Bank. The year as 2012.

Congressman Van Hollen Junior was not happy being outed as a Junior. Being outed as a Junior meant adressing personal information Van Hollen Junior has shied away from all his years in Congress- who is Van Hollen Senior. Adressing questions about Van Hollen Senior, would open a Pandora’s Box in to Van Hollen Junior’s political record, both as a son and as a father.

The adage is, “the apple does not fall far from the tree’ and ‘the leopard does not change its spots.”

Van Hollen Senior is a retired US State Department Arabist Christopher Van Hollen Senior, listed as a director at the American Institute for Islamic Affairs[2],[3] There is very little online about Van Hollen Senior and his wife, rumored to be Career-State, too.

Congressman Van Hollen Junior was raised in Pakistan, through high school age, returning to America, as a teenager.

Former Speaker Gingrich says America’s fear isn’t Iran. Gingrich says America’s fear is Pakistan.

Van Hollen Junior has a history of not challenging statements made in the name of Islam to eradicate Christianity and Jews. Congressman Van Hollen Junior doesn’t explain why CAIR, Council on American-Islamic Relations, ranks him a top supporter. December 2005, Congressman Chris Van Hollen Junior was quoted saying, “I am pleased to congratulate CAIR not only for the work it has done to promote and protect the civil liberties and civil rights of all Americans, but also for its ongoing efforts to foster a better understanding of Islam across the United States. Your work continues to make an important difference to our country.”[4]

And then there is the following year letter haunting Congressman Chris Van Hollen Junior wrote to Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice.

Constituents voting in Maryland District 8, said, their Congressman’s vote only impacts his constituents. Nothing can be farther from the truth. Each Congressman’s vote impacts other Congressmen’s Districts across America. Each Congressman’s vote impacts politics around the world. Chris Van Hollen Juniors voting record speaks for the Congressman[5]

Chris Van Hollen has participated in well over a 1000 bills since stepping in to office in 2003. Van Hollen’s website[6] posts over 1209 press releases: 38 in 2003, 103 in 2004, 130 in 2005, 64 in 2006, 141 in 2007, 103 in 2008, 184 in 2009, 189 in 2010, 156 in 2011, 101 in 2012 and more since the date of this research sheet being organized- no less than 56 child related press releases addressing safe, hunger free, health covered, mentored and solicitations for the annual Congressional Art Competition. Chris Van Hollen showed his constituents he can stand up. On 3rd Anniversary of No Child Left Behind, Van Hollen called on President Bush to Live Up to His Promises yet Van Hollen left a murdered 13 year old constituent behind by making no statements on Koby to date.

USA Today reported the boys had “been bound, stabbed and beaten to death with rocks” the size of bowling balls; “The walls of the cave in the Judean Desert were covered with the boys’ blood, reportedly smeared there by the killers”. The Irish Independent and CNN reported “Israel’s Channel Two TV said police believed there were at least three assailants who dipped their hands into the boys’ blood after the killing and smeared it on the walls of the cave.” Time Magazine reported the statement by a Judean desert farmer Miro Cohen, “A rock the size of a computer rested on Kobi’s smashed skull. Both bodies were covered with stones. Blood smeared the walls, and the dirt floor was muddy with it.” The Jerusalem Post reported on forensic examination, the bodies, together with blood-stained rocks, were taken out of the cave. The boys skulls and faces and bodies were so disfigured beyond recognition their identity dental records were used to identify them. The rocks used to bash their brains were the size of bowling balls were used to bash their brains.

Van Hollen spoke on Theresa Schiavo’s End Of Life decision, AIDS, the Red Line Metro Accident, earthquakes, Tsunamis and pushed Bills for Judith Tanjoh and her kids and relief of Malik Jarno who arrived at Dulles International Airport in 2001 with a fake passport, seeking asylum, claiming he would be persecuted if he was sent back to Guinea. Van Hollen issued press releases on behalf of Alan Gross in Cuba; 3 press releases on domestic and gang violence; 3 on Haleh Esfanriari; 1 calling for the release of Iranian American detainees; 11 on passings including that of Senator Bird, Rosa Parks and Simon Weisenthal; 7 praising Acts like the Dream Act; the James Zadroga 911 Health and Compensation; 1 on a presidential appointment and Winners of Public Service awards; a few for his own accomplishments; 1 on bringing the 2022 FIFA World Cup to the US; 1 announcing the founding of the Congressional Caucus on the Netherlands; 1 on Hate Crimes Legislation; anniversaries of invasions and Genocides of Turkey; Armenia, Kurds of Halabja, Ethiopian and Sudanese violence; 6 press releases on the anniversary of 911. The 10th anniversary of 911 has come and passed. Van Hollen issued 2 statements for Holocaust Day; 2 on Israeli Independence day; 1 on Jewish American Heritage month and Van Hollen issued one press release when met with members of Hadassah on their lobby day; 35 tributes ranging from nominations to life achievements and salutes.

Political rag Roll Call published, “Chris Van Hollen gets near-universal respect from his colleagues for his intellectual firepower and combination of policy and political chops.” The Washington Post was quoted “”Democrat Chris Van Hollen,.a political juggernaut who has represented his district effectively while overseeing his party’s House campaigns nationwide? Mr. Van Hollen has deftly balanced both responsibilities, and his constituents benefit from his national stature.” In fact, Van Hollen Junior said on his website,[7] “I believe our democracy is strengthened by the active participation of our citizens. Together, we can move our country forward, boosting our economy, growing jobs and meeting our challenges at home and abroad. It is a privilege to represent our community in the U.S. Congress. Thank you for your continued support. – Chris”

Every Congressman’s vote impacts Israel and faiths that fill America.

Marylanders, Jews and Christians remember Chris Van Hollen Junior’s infamous letter against Israel he sent in 2006 to then Secretary of State Condaleeza Rice followed by his Apology Tour to Jews in 2006.

Timmerman polled well. Timmerman needed funds for airtime, print, volunteers plus to get the word out.

The Republican Party picks winners the Grand Ol’ Party gets behind. 2014’s races reaffirmed that not all ‘horse’ races can be called. The GOP focused on Mitt Romney’s Presidential campaign in 2012. Party focus shifted when Romney picked, as his running mate, House Budget Committee Chair Congressman Paul Ryan. Maryland Congressman Chris Van Hollen was elected Ranking Member of the House Budget Committee November 17 2010 by the House Democratic Caucus. Congressman Van Hollen, in 2010, issued the following statement “…“I look forward to working with incoming Chairman Paul Ryan. While we have some fundamental differences, we both agree that we must debate and tackle the real issues facing our country. The 112th Congress will deal with some very serious questions, and I hope we can work together to do everything we can to support American families and small businesses, create jobs here at home, and rebuild our economy.”

Fast forward, 2012. Van Hollen Junior was being challenged, for Maryland 8’s Congressional seat, by Kensington Maryland resident Kenneth Timmerman.

Maryland and Democratic media caught on to outing that Chris Van Hollen is a Junior. Hyperlinks spread across the online social media as bots carried this detail forward. Chris Van Hollen Junior remained mum on living in the shadow of his dad, and the closeness of Van Hollen Junior’s closeness with Former Speaker of The House Nancy Pelosi. The Former Speaker visits Jordan on Israel’s annual birthday, not Israel.

Terrorism hit home to Van Hollen Juniors constituents. 13 year old Koby Mandell, a regular baseball loving American kid mourned by Rabbis, teachers, friends living in Maryland District 8’s Silver Spring until 1996 when the Mandell family, Seth and Shari, relocated to Israel. Koby was an American citizen when he was murdered.

Congressman Chris Van Hollen Junior did not mourn Koby. Van Hollen would not affix his signature to the Koby Mandell Act for Americans Victim To Terrorism Overseas signed in to law by President George Bush in 2004. Van Hollen did not post a tribute or news release to Van Hollen Junior’s Congressional website, in memory of Koby Mandell or for The Koby Mandell Foundation created by Koby’s parents Shari and Seth Mandell in their son’s memory[8]. Congressman Chris Van Hollen Junrior has posted over 1200 news releases and tributes, notices of passing, etc to his Maryland District 8.*

Congressman Van Hollen Junior does talk about kids, his own, neglecting to mention, that in 2012, Van Hollen Junior’s daughter Anna had been living in Ramallah, writing as a journalist from the West Bank as a Student Fellow of the Pulitzer Center. Ramallah is where Yasser Arafat, lived.

Van Hollen Junior’s daughter, Anna, describes in her articles and photographs, posted online, a Ramallah/Palestine/West Bank her father Christopher Junior does not describe when he talks about Israel or speaks at J Street events like the J Street conference this past May, the Congressman was not promoting his participating in.

Anna Van Hollen (Junior) eloquently describes a Ramallah under construction manifesting a vision of “…more than one thousand development projects, including paving roads, planting trees, digging wells, and constructing new buildings…” “…1,000 pricey deluxe units and 5,000 homes for a growing middle-income bracket that can afford monthly mortgage payments of $450 to $1,000.” “… green spaces, public parks, and a garbage-collection system… office and residential towers, a conference hall and hotel, shops, cafes, three cinemas, an outdoor amphitheatre, mosques and a church” “…office and residential towers, a conference hall and hotel, shops, cafes, three cinemas, an outdoor amphitheatre, mosques and a church…”

May 8 2001, Koby Mandell and his friend, 13 and 14 were murdered inTekoah, a community with hospitals, food stores, banks, playgrounds where Jews and Arabs live side by side. Tekoah is not a settlement. Tekoah is a community outside the West Bank.

Yasser Arafat, president of the Palestinian National Authority, headquartered in Ramallah, where Arafat said Israel was at blame for Koby’s murder for “victimizing Palestinian children”. Anna Van Hollen spoke up, showing the world the Ramallah, Chris Van Hollen Junior does not show. Anna Van Hollen’s articles[9],[10],[11],[12] and photos from, show a burgeoning world, modern with women working alongside men in Construction, building multi rise and use communities on par if not better than communities one finds in the Beltway. As the expression goes, out of the mouth of babes, on in this case, daughters.

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CHRIS VAN HOLLEN JUNIOR’s LETTER TO SECRETARY RICE[13]

July 30, 2006

Dear Secretary Rice:

I write regarding the tragic situation in Lebanon. I urge you to call for an immediate cease-fire to be followed by the rapid deployment of an international force in southern Lebanon. I began this letter Friday evening, but today’s bombings in Qana have made the matter even more urgent.

A forty-eight hour time-out in the bombing campaign is not sufficient. Your lack of effective action to date has turned an opportunity to isolate Hezbollah into a political victory for Hezbollah.

The killing and kidnapping of Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah precipitated the current crisis in the region. Those actions were followed by Hezbollah rocket attacks that have fallen indiscriminately in Haifa and other Israeli population centers. Like any sovereign country, Israel has the right and responsibility to defend itself. The people of Lebanon understand that Israel did not initiate these hostilities. By all reports, the majority in Lebanon strongly resent Hezbollah for dragging Lebanon into this conflict and recognizes that Israel has a right to target the military apparatus employed by Hezbollah to launch its attacks on Israel.

The Israeli response, however, has now gone beyond the destruction of Hezbollah’s military assets. It has caused huge damage to Lebanon’s civilian infrastructure, resulted in the large loss of civilian life, and produced over 750,000 refugees. Hezbollah is undeniably the culprit, but it is the Lebanese people — not Hezbollah — who are increasingly the victims of the violence. As a result, the Israeli bombing campaign, supported by the United States, has transformed Lebanese anger at Hezbollah into growing hostility toward Israel and the United States. The result has been a surge in the political strength and popularity of Hezbollah and its leader, Hasan Nasrallah, and the weakening of the already fragile Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Egypt and the Arab League have gone from condemning Hezbollah to denouncing Israel for its actions and the United States for its inaction. Even Prime Minister Siniora has now publicly praised Hezbollah for defending the country. We have squandered an opportunity to isolate Hezbollah and strengthen our credibility and negotiating leverage in the region. As a result of our ineffectiveness, Hezbollah has won a political victory not only in Lebanon, but throughout the Arab world, the Muslim world, and much of the international community. We may have won some battles, but we are losing the war.

You have failed the obligation of a good friend to give sound counsel and advice. I understand the impulses that are driving Israel’s actions, but I strongly believe that a continuation of the bombing campaign as it is being carried out is against the interests of the Israel and the United States.

When someone is in the heat of battle, it can sometimes be difficult to see the full picture. It is the responsibility of the United States, as a close friend and ally, to intervene more effectively in this crisis. In my view, Israel is entirely justified in using the maximum force necessary to hit Hezbollah military targets. The issue, however, is not the amount of force used, but where and how it is applied.

Had you done your job and successfully urged Israel to limit its attacks to clear, identifiable Hezbollah military assets, I would support a continuation of the campaign. But you failed to do that. Your lack of effective leadership has harmed the interests of both Israel and the United States.

The lack of American leadership in the current crisis exists in the larger context of our failed policies in the Middle East and Southwest Asia. The policy of promoting democracy in the Middle East is the right one, but you and the Bush Administration have missed the critical point from the start.

Do you believe that free and fair elections today in Saudi Arabia, Egypt and elsewhere in the Arab world would bring to power governments that are more willing to live in peace with Israel and are more interested in building stability and peace in the region than those that exist today? I don’t think so. Not if you pay attention to public opinion there. It is clear that the result of such democratic elections would likely be governments that are much more anti-Israel and anti-American than those today.

Witness the election of Hamas. The point, however, is not to stop promoting democracy, but to recognize that the public perception of our policies in the Arab and Muslim world will have a direct bearing on the nature of any democratically elected governments. Consequently, if we are going to keep promoting democracy in the Middle East, we had better start caring about the public perceptions of our policies in the region. Otherwise, you are simply promoting a process that will produce governments that hate both Israel and the United States.

That brings me back to Lebanon. As you have said, the starting point should be the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1559, which calls for the dismantling of all independent militias in Lebanon. It is obvious that, in the short term, the Lebanese army is not strong enough to defeat the Hezbollah forces militarily. Even the Israeli military campaign, while degrading Hezbollah’s military capabilities, cannot deliver a knock-out punch. Consequently, international forces with a strong mandate will have to be deployed to southern Lebanon. However, that will not resolve the underlying political issues. The Lebanese government of Prime Minister Fouad Siniora is already fragile. Now it has been further weakened. As you know, Hezbollah has significant representation in the Lebanese parliament. Had the current crisis been handled differently, their influence could have been diminished. Now, however, their political stock has risen. As a result, it will be extremely difficult for the Lebanese government, assuming it survives the crisis, to strengthen the Lebanese military with the purpose of disarming Hezbollah. Once again, while we have rightly promoted democracy in Lebanon, our policies have mostly strengthened the political standing of those most adverse to our interests.

Any comprehensive and long lasting resolution of the current crisis must also address the role of Syria and Iran in arming Hezbollah. The United States must do more to rally international efforts to pressure Iran and Syria to end their support for Hezbollah and Hamas. Unfortunately, the war

in Iraq has had the unintentional but very foreseeable consequence of inflaming anti-Western sentiment and strengthening the hand of the most radical Islamic forces. Among the biggest beneficiaries has been Iran with its many ties to the majority Shia population in Iraq. Iran has successfully exploited the chaos and instability in neighboring Iraq to advance its own radical agenda and expand its influence in the region. We must develop a better strategy for addressing this trend, but the fact that we are bogged down in Iraq has complicated this effort.

Finally, no lasting solution to the turmoil in the Middle East will be achieved without resolving the Israeli-Palestinian problem. In a speech delivered at the American Enterprise Institute in February 2003, a few weeks before invading Iraq, President Bush declared that going to war would help promote democracy and stability in the Middle East, reduce the influence of the hardliners and help resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He claimed that it would “begin a new stage for Middle Eastern peace and set in motion progress toward a truly democratic Palestinian state.”

Unfortunately, but predictably, we have seen the opposite result in the aftermath of the invasion of Iraq. The region has been more radicalized and Hamas prevailed in the Palestinian elections.   While we engaged militarily in Iraq, this Administration has disengaged from any serious effort are-establishing an Israeli-Palestinian peace process. It is essential that the United States renew its efforts to resolve this festering issue. There can be little doubt that the lack of progress on that front continues to breed hatred and hostility that is effectively exploited by Hezbollah, Iran, Syria and others. Until that conflict is resolved, it will remain a key component of anti-American sentiment throughout the Middle East and complicate our efforts at democracy promotion in the region.

The overall foreign policy of this Administration has significantly diminished America’s credibility and moral standing around the world. That, in turn, has severely undermined our effectiveness. I sincerely hope that the current turmoil in the Middle East will result in a fresh American initiative to seek a comprehensive solution to the many conflicts brewing in the region. It will be a true test of leadership.

I hope you will engage the Congress in such an effort.

Sincerely,

Chris Van Hollen

Member of Congress

FOOTNOTES:

[1] democrats.budget.house.gov › About

[2] http://www.nndb.com/people/478/000121115/

[3] http://www.nndb.com/people/478/000121113

[4] http://fl.cair.com/sfl/Content.aspx?cid=39

[5] http://projects.washingtonpost.com/congress/members/V000128/votes/

[6] http://www.vanhollen.house.gov

[7] http://www.vanhollen.house.gov

[8] http://www.kobymandell.org

[9] http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/palestine-west-bank-rawabi-city-development-infrastructure-economy-negotiations-state

[10] http://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2012/03/the-green-intifada-how-palestinians-resist-occupation-by-planting-trees/254228/

[11] http://pulitzercenter.org/projects/palestine-west-bank-economy-natural-resources-youth-conflict-israel-aid-living-standards

[12] http://pulitzercenter.org/reporting/palestine-west-bank-rawabi-city-development-infrastructure-economy-negotiations-state

[13] FAIR USE REPRINT of Letter Written By Legislator While In Office

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