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California Lt. Gov. Eleni T. Kounalakis. (Photo: Kevin Sanders for California Globe)

Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis Has a History of Criticizing Biden

After CNN hit piece on Kamala, email surfaces in which LG smacks Biden for ‘overly-optimistic’ assessment

By California Globe, November 17, 2021 10:33 am

After the California Globe reported yesterday on the surprising willingness of Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis confirming CNN’s bombshell that Vice President Harris has been experiencing “frustration” with the Biden Administration, a reader got in touch to reveal that Kounalakis has expressed strong opinions about Joe Biden in the past.

Our story already included an incident in which Kounalakis emailed Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta to complain that Biden’s appearance at the Greek Orthodox Church was dominated by male attendees. Kounalakis told Podesta, “There is a Greek American love fest going on with Joe Biden, very boy-club.”

At the time, Kounalakis was a prominent supporter of eventual Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton. Kounalakis claimed in one email to Huma Abedin that she had hosted seven events for Mrs. Clinton in 2015, and had thus earned the right to ride in a motorcade with Clinton in Sacramento.

But according to emails this reader shared with the California Globe, Kounalakis expressed grave concern on multiple occasions that then Vice President Biden would jump into the 2016 presidential race and complicate things for her preferred candidate.

On June 10, 2015, Kounalakis emailed Podesta with great urgency about Biden. She told Podesta that George Marcus, the Greek-American billionaire real estate broker and founder of both Marcus & Millichap and Essex Property Trust, “swears Biden is running.” According to Kounalakis, Marcus told her that Biden had taken him on Air Force Two and explained that he’s being asked to run, presumably by supporters who didn’t think Hillary would fare well in the 2016 general election.

Kounalakis speculated, “This is probably just George seeking cover for not getting on board with HRC. But it seemed so odd – especially after the tragic loss of Joe’s son – that George would even say it. But he was adamant.” Podesta replies with an It’d-be-a-shame-if-we-have-to-knife-him response: “I like [Biden] and grieve for him and hope he doesn’t do it for his sake.”

Kounalakis wasn’t finished opining on the Vice President, or his alleged predilection for seeking out audiences that exclude women. On Oct. 18, 2015, she emailed David Brock, the former conservative maestro of political theater who miraculously became a trusted Clinton insider.

Here is the full text of what Kounalakis wrote to Brock:

From: Eleni Kounalakis (email address redacted)

To: David Brock (email address redacted)

Date: 2015-10-18 15:31

Subject: Biden at Archon dinner last night in NYC


The Human Rights Award that Biden received last night was from the Greek Orthodox Church, at the annual dinner of the Archons of the Order of St. Andrew. Archons are all men – women are prohibited from serving in this capacity.

Here’s the ABC coverage: (link)

I just read that over 65 percent of white men in the US have an unfavorable opinion of HRC.

I suspect that the numbers were even higher at this event, which includes a majority of republicans.

If Biden, or his staff, was out looking for an overly-optimistic reflection of his chances at this critical decision point, this would be the crowd that would give it to him.

Kounalakis served as the US Ambassador to Hungary during the Obama Administration. With her massive success as a fundraiser for Democratic candidates — her father Angelo Tsakopoulos regularly tops lists of political donors and he and she combined on a reported $9 million to help her become Lt. Gov—some in Sacramento were surprised when the Biden Administration didn’t offer Kounalakis a plum ambassadorship.

Perhaps these emails that are floating around explain why that may be. And now, with the “Kamala’s frustration” gaffe, it’s hard to picture such an appointment materializing in the future.

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7 thoughts on “Lt Gov Eleni Kounalakis Has a History of Criticizing Biden

  1. So Democrat Lieutenant Governor Eleni Kounalakis complained to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, “There is a Greek American love fest going on with Joe Biden, very boy-club”? It sounds like Eleni Kounalakis has a love fest going with a “very girl-club” with female Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris? Eleni Kounalakis and her wealthy family spent a reported $9 million to help her become lieutenant governor for a job that only pays $157,310 a year? No doubt she expects to more than recoup her election investment in Democrat politics with lucrative insider trading deals and kickbacks?

    1. It’s not how much it costs to get elected…it’s about the power and positioning. I don’t even know where this lady came from.

  2. The Lt Governor should know better. President Biden is doing the best he can. Donald Trump left behind a terrible mess and the country is in dire straits. Our fine president is doing all he can to get the country back on track.

    1. When Biden isn’t making a mess in his pants or passing gas, he and his deep state Democrat handlers are making a complete mess of the country and the economy. In the few months since the Biden regime was installed through fraud, they’ve managed to ratchet inflation up to the highest level since the 1970’s. Gas prices are the highest they’ve been in years and California residents are paying the highest gas prices in the country. The supply chains are completely broken with empty store shevles. Only the clueless or deep state Democrat party hacks think that the Biden regime is doing a fine job.

  3. Poor Eleni, for being in the mix, she doesn’t see 1) there is no allegiance in the Dem machine, but keep providing info and support 2) Clinton Foundation is HRC’s $500 mil slush fund (pay to play donations, Haiti earthquake relief funds, trafficking $$$, Uranium 1 payoff) 3) she further exposed California’s own $$$ tainted political landscape,

  4. Most bay area / san fran politicians exhibit the symptoms of Narcissistic Personality Disorder. From the Mayo Clinic:

    Signs and symptoms of narcissistic personality disorder and the severity of symptoms vary. People with the disorder can:

    Have an exaggerated sense of self-importance
    Have a sense of entitlement and require constant, excessive admiration
    Expect to be recognized as superior even without achievements that warrant it
    Exaggerate achievements and talents
    Be preoccupied with fantasies about success, power, brilliance, beauty or the perfect mate
    Believe they are superior and can only associate with equally special people
    Monopolize conversations and belittle or look down on people they perceive as inferior
    Expect special favors and unquestioning compliance with their expectations
    Take advantage of others to get what they want
    Have an inability or unwillingness to recognize the needs and feelings of others
    Be envious of others and believe others envy them
    Behave in an arrogant or haughty manner, coming across as conceited, boastful and pretentious
    Insist on having the best of everything — for instance, the best car or office

    At the same time, people with narcissistic personality disorder have trouble handling anything they perceive as criticism, and they can:

    Become impatient or angry when they don’t receive special treatment
    Have significant interpersonal problems and easily feel slighted
    React with rage or contempt and try to belittle the other person to make themselves appear superior
    Have difficulty regulating emotions and behavior
    Experience major problems dealing with stress and adapting to change
    Feel depressed and moody because they fall short of perfection
    Have secret feelings of insecurity, shame, vulnerability and humiliation

    Source: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/narcissistic-personality-disorder/symptoms-causes/syc-20366662

  5. There is something most un-comely about this one. Maybe it’s that her inner self shows through so strongly?

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