Monday, May 16, 2005

A Flimsy Argument

Senator John Warner, the third Senator from the Cape & Islands, criticizes the inadequacy of the federal review of offshore wind farms, and The Cape Cod Times, the first daily from the Cape & Islands, applauds him in the Sunday editorial, A Flimsy Foundation, (5/15/05).

Only thing is that they left out some important facts about Senator Warner's special relationship to the Cape. What follows is a blog previously published on October 7, 2004 at SM

The Rich and Powerful (Again)
They Are Among Us
How did Senator John Warner (R) of Virginia come to throw the biggest hurdle in front of the Cape Wind farm in Nantucket Sound? Family connections, and a coincidence of Senatorial Committee assignments that makes the Perfect Storm look like an afternoon thunder shower.

Mellon, remember that name. Senator John Warner married money, both times. It was very instrumental in advancing his political career. (Sound familiar?) His first wife was Catherine Mellon, daughter of Paul Mellon, of the famed Pittsburg Mellons. But by the time Paul Mellon got the money, the family had moved to the Virginia side of Washington, DC.

There, John Warner and Catherine Mellon, married and had 3 children, Virginia, John and Mary. Turns out Mary and Virgina have homes in Osterville, Oyster Harbors, where they are preoccupied with philanthropic and environmental causes. Senator John Warner has a vested interest in not seeing, the wind farm built within sight of the family homes in Osterville. Virginia and Mary would be very put out if it were built, not least because they had the clout to kill the project, and the gaggle at the Wianno Club would be mortified if they found out that they hadn't used it.

Also, Paul Mellon's 1rst wife and Catherine's mother was Mary Conover. Senator John Warner's first wife, Catherine Mellon, now Catherine Conover (very generous to local environmental causes) is also living in Osterville. And as anyone who has ever been divorced will understand, " Now what's a Senator to do?"

But wait, there is an even more important family connection at play here. Turns out the family patriarch's (Paul) 2nd wife is non other than the much beloved Bunny Mellon (formerly Rachel Lloyd Lambert) of Osterville, which would make her Catherine's step-mother and Virginia's and Mary's step-grandmother, and Senator Warner's ex-step-mother-in-law. Mrs. Mellon owns ALOT of real estate in Osterville.

Enter Opportunity
US Senator John Warner, is Chairman of the Armed Service Committee, and also chairman of the subcomittee that oversees the Army Corps of Engineers (the permitting agency of the Cape Wind project).

While the Cape Wind Environmental Review was being held hostage at the Pentagon, Senator Warner proposed an amendment to a military appropriations bill pending in the Senate, to kill the Cape Wind project. I'll leave it up the the professional scribes to expose the inner workings of the Senate and the Pentagon from here on, but let's not forget, Senator John Warner once served as Secretary of the Navy.

There's nothing like having a third Senator from the Cape to get the job done, (stopping CapeWind) when the other two can't or won't get their hands dirty. Especially when there's a really good family tree to do so. Turns out it was Mellon's, not Kennedy's, or Heinz's.

Thursday, October 7, 2004


At 6:27 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I always thought that Senator Warner was doing Ted Kennedy's bidding on the wind farm. It never occured to me that it could be the other way around!

At 9:47 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 10:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only in New England - where the serf mentality prevails - does this thwarting of the public need for the benefit of the privileged go through.

With gas approaching penalty pricing for the working classes, by all means let us maintain the view of the inherited monied classes! With all their influence, newspapers, corrupt politicos, bought judges, etc. Green clean sustainable power for all Americans does not have a chance.

Rid yourselves of these ticks on the public body and we all will thrive.

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At 2:36 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a very strange question. My ex husband always claimed that he had dated Catherine Mellon while he was in law school at George Washington. He told me that she was the daughter of Paul Mellon. I assumed that she was his age (would now be 62). Is there an other Catherine Mellon related to the the Mellon Family if not than the story is not true or she must have been dating him after she got divorced from John Warner

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