Rep criticizes Glover for ties to Chavez

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WASHINGTON -- One of Florida's Republican congressmen has attacked Danny Glover for agreeing to make a pair of movies with money from Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.

Rep. Connie Mack, R-Fla., on Tuesday urged Glover to refuse to accept the $18 million Chavez is reported to have agreed to give the actor to make movies about a slave uprising in Haiti and a biopic of South American revolutionary hero Simon Bolivar.

"Danny Glover should refuse to accept Hugo Chavez's tainted movie deal and instead work with legitimate enterprises, investors and financiers who value freedom, treasure our nation and who won't climb into bed with renegade communist dictators," Mack said.

Chavez, a communist, is one of the U.S.' harshest critics and has accused the Bush administration of attempting to assassinate him. While Mack said he was shocked and saddened that a prominent American like Glover would cut a sweetheart movie deal with the likes of Chavez, he said Glover was a supporter of Chavez's policies and is a member of the board of the television network Telesur -- a Chavez-funded network that has teamed with Al-Jazeera to spread anti-democratic messages across Latin America.

"To turn to an avowed enemy of the U.S., and someone who in his own right has snuffed out dissent and free speech, for movie financing smacks of radicalism and opportunism run amok," Mack said.
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