I don’t always see eye to eye with Tamara Holder, but we snipe and bicker on Twitter, and she seems all right, for a lefty shill. The latest go-’round was when she was bitching about Scott Walker and Rebecca Kleefisch addressing a TEA Party group in Springfield, Illinois. Tamara was making noises about how they should go back to Wisconsin, and I was pissed off about her attitude, considering Rev. Jesse and other corrupt Illinois political luminaries were behind organizing the Occutards here in Wisconsin, and behind demos in Milwaukee. Still, this seems like weak sauce—so far (via BadBlue):
Tamara Holder, a Fox News contributor, is accused of having an affair with Jesse Jackson, Sr. in a lawsuit that alleges the illegal use of a gay Jackson employee to facilitate the relationship.
The accuser, Tommy R. Bennett, was Jackson’s personal travel assistant and ran the legal clinic at Jackson’s organization, the Rainbow PUSH Coalition. He says he was eventually fired for protesting his treatment by Jackson and other PUSH employees and is seeking hundreds of thousands of dollars in damages.
Holder has not responded to repeated requests for comment from Accuracy in Media, but Jackson’s press representative, Lauren Love, says the allegations are false and will be proven so.
Bennett worked for Jackson for more than two years and was known as “Aruba Tommy” on local Chicago radio station WVON. The lawsuit alleges that Bennett was subjected to “humiliating tasks” because he was a homosexual, such as “escorting women to his [Jackson’s] hotel room” and then being ordered to clean up after Jackson had sexual intercourse with them.
One of those women, the suit claims, was Tamara Holder, a pundit and criminal defense attorney who claims she “single-handedly” founded what she calls “a pro bono legal clinic at Rev. Jesse L. Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition.” A self-described Democrat, she appears regularly on Fox News to defend the Obama Administration and other prominent Democrats. “Because of the Democratic Party’s deep Chicago roots, Tamara has worked closely with some of the City’s most prominent leaders,” her website says.
Another Holder website says that, in addition to being “a legal and political contributor for Fox News Channel,” she “previously wrote for The Huffington Post and now writes for The Daily Caller.” The latter identifies her as “one of the nation’s rising attorneys and legal analytical stars.”
On one occasion, “Mr. Bennett was instructed by Rev. Jackson to escort Ms. Holder to Rev. Jackson’s hotel room at the Hilton at Chicago O’Hare airport,” the suit says.
The lawsuit, filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, says Bennett was director of the clinic but that when he objected to Holder taking a majority of the cases and charging too much to poor clients, he was replaced. He says Jackson then gave control of the clinic to Holder.
Well, go and read the whole thing.
I don’t really care whether or not Ms. Holder was the subject of some rainbow pushing, and I’m not a huge fan of Backsheesh Jesse, but I hope that if the charges are true, he gets what’s coming. Likewise, if they’re not, I hope his accuser
shakes him down good gets his comeuppance. Meanwhile, I’m not going to dignify the story by posting on it. At all.
I think the boys at HillBuzz are going to have some fun with this, though. I’m pretty sure Tamara’s not a raaaaacist, but until she sleeps with one of them fellas, she still might be a homophobe.