Greta Van Susteren’s political and lobbying connections

By Laurie Bennett

July 13, 2010 at 9:08am

In a softball interview published today on Politico, Fox news host Greta Van Susteren is asked what she would try if she knew she couldn’t fail.

“Run for governor of Wisconsin,” she answers.

Joking or not (we suspect not), her reply is yet another example of the continued blurring of the borders between journalism and politics. The crossover isn’t limited to Van Susteren or to the Fox network. At the other end of the spectrum, MSNBC hosts Chris Matthews and Ed Schultz are frequently mentioned as potential candidates.

Greta Van Susteren
Greta Van Susteren

Yet Van Susteren’s many connections to the political and lobbying spheres stand out.

Her husband, John Coale, was a bundler for Hillary Rodham Clinton in the 2008 presidential campaign. More recently, he has been an adviser to Sarah Palin and helped organize SarahPac.

Her sister, psychiatrist Lise Van Susteren, unsuccessfuly sought the Democratic nomination in Maryland to run for the U.S. Senate in 2006. She dropped out after failing to raise enough money.

Lise Van Susteren is married to Jonathan Kempner, former head of the Mortgage Bankers Association.

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