Whitnum arrested on trespassing charges

Former Greenwich resident Lee Whitnum, seen here at the 2011 Democratic Town Committee picnic. — Ken Borsuk photo

Former Greenwich resident Lee Whitnum, seen here at the 2011 Democratic Town Committee picnic. — Ken Borsuk photo

A former Greenwich resident who has raised eyebrows with her unsuccessful challenges is now facing trespassing charges after allegedly visiting an assisted living facility on April 18 after being told not to come there.

According to the Darien Police Department, Lisa “Lee” Whitnum-Baker, 52, of Stamford, had visited Atria of Darien after being told by management she was not allowed on the premises. Officers responded at 7:20 p.m. and issued her a misdemeanor summons on scene. Police escorted her off the property.

She is due in court on Monday, April 29. If convicted, Ms. Whitnum faces up to one year in prison and a $2,000 fine.

Ms. Whitnum received a dose of political infamy last year when she ran as a Democrat for the United States Senate. During a candidates’ debate, Ms. Whitnum called U.S. Rep. Chris Murphy, who was ultimately elected to the seat, a “whore” for what she saw as him “selling his soul” to the lobbying group the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC). This was not her first clash in a political race as she lobbed similar charges against U.S. Rep. Jim Himes in their Democratic primary in 2008. Her criticism of Mr. Himes’ trip to Israel during the campaign was so strong that it earned the condemnation of then Stamford Mayor Dannel Malloy who called her remarks anti-Semitic.

Ms. Whitnum has repeatedly criticized AIPAC, which is considered by some to be a controversial group due to its successful lobbying efforts in Washington D.C. on foreign policy issues. She has claimed its “powerful control of most elected officials squashes any attempt at peace or truth in the apparently endless Zionist hunger for more American money and illegally acquired land.”

Ms. Whitnum then sued Mr. Malloy for defamation but her suit was stopped in 2012. She is currently suing the town of Greenwich and First Selectman Peter Tesei, claiming the separation of church and state was breached by the town raising the Israeli flag to celebrate Israeli Independence Day, a gesture the town has offered to many different countries and groups, and by renting out the Town Hall Meeting Room for a Bar Mitzvah to take place there.

During her residence in Greenwich, Ms. Whitnum clashed with neighbors on several occasions but was never arrested. She also has been accused of harassment by Greenwich author and political commentator Sarah Darer Littman.

There has been no indication yet why Ms. Whitnum was attempting to gain entry to Atria’s property and why she was not allowed there.

 

Post editor Ken Borsuk contributed to this story

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