And Now, The REAL Dirt of Rezko REVEALED!

Yes, the REAL dirt is coming our with the REzko trial and it is politically devestating. Highly placed elected officials are GOING DOWN, including one incredibly important Democrat.

This trial will cause POLITICAL RIPPLES for years to come and will be devestating not only to Democrats, but to Republicans as well.

It's been revealed in the Chicago Tribune. This is the paper of record in Chicago. Everybody who is in the know in the city reads this paper. Yeah, it's editorial board is Republican, but it's the best source for news, with the Chicago Sun coming in a close second

So what's the REAL DIRT in this story that will be devestating for a Democratic office holder with incredible political pull? This quote from the most recent article will reveal all:

Perhaps never before has a sitting Illinois governor become so enmeshed in a criminal proceeding of such breadth.

Rezko's trial, set to begin with jury selection Monday, is expected to shed unflattering light on the inner workings of an administration that Blagojevich vowed would clean up state government after his predecessor left in scandal.

Boiled to its essence, the prosecution's complex case against Rezko involves allegations that he and other insiders exploited their relationship with Blagojevich to seek millions of dollars in kickbacks from firms seeking state business or regulatory approval.

The government's case is expected to include testimony about separate conversations between Blagojevich and two political insiders in which he allegedly gave a thumbs-up to pay-to-play politics. In one conversation, according to court documents, Blagojevich was said to have explicitly raised the notion of rewarding campaign donors with state contracts, legal work and investment banking.

Yes, folks. The politcal nastiness about to be rolled around in the mud involves none other than Democratic Governor, Rod Blagojevich. He's proabably going to go down and be indicted. He is the focus of the case and has a bright red target painted on him by Patrick Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald made a name for himself in Illinois by taking down the former governor, Republican George Ryan, and his take no prisoners attitude is going to take down a second governor.

I voted for Blagojevich in 2002. In the 2006 primary, I voted for Edwin Eisendrath and convinced my wife to do the same because it had become obvious to me that Balgojevich was corrupt as hell. In the genreal election, one needed to flip a coin to figure out who was more corrupt, Rod Blagojevich or Judy Baar-Topinka. I picked Blago on the outside chance that Obama would seek a presidential run to give him a clear conscience for vacating a seat and letting a governor appoint.

And that's the Rezko story, folks. Rod Blagojevich and a slew of state level politicians, mostly Blago appointees, are going to go down. This will clear the field for Lisa Madigan to run for and win the Democratic nomination. She'll probably win the general election because the Illinois GOP is bitterly divided between the group who are about five notches to the right of barely sane and a slightly right of moderate factions. Lisa is an incredibly popular State Attorney General and could make a presidential run of her own if she makes it to the state house in 2010.

Blagojevich is and always has been bad news. I know lifelong Chicago Democrats who voted for Judy Baar-Topinka for no other reason than the level of corruption on Blago's adminstration.

You might notice, a certain Illinois politician who has broken on the national scene doesn't even bear mention in all of this. In the Chicago Tribune story, he's referred to as a "footnote". That's because like nearly all Illinois poltiicians of note, Republican and Democrat alike, he has received campaign funds from Rezko and Rezko demonstrated an interest in his career, but unlike other Illinois poltiicians he's running for president. If that presidential run wasn't happening,he wouldn't even be a footnote.

Tags: Antoin Rezko, Barack Obama (all tags)



Re: And Now, The REAL Dirt of Rezko REVEALED!

I think Blagojevich will rank amongst one of the worst Governors. It hurts to say this as a blue dyed Democrat. He continues the trend of Governors ending up with criminal investigations.

People on MYDD seem to create diary after diary associating Obama with Rezko. But Pat Fitzgerald is rightly concentrating on where the REAL dirt is. It is in the Governor's office and crosses party lines.

by DemsFirst 2008-03-02 06:07PM | 0 recs
Well, at least he isn't an anomaly in IL

Considering that the last governor (an R) also was indicted.

by lombard 2008-03-02 06:11PM | 0 recs
Re: And Now, The REAL Dirt of Rezko REVEALED!

Blago has done some very good things- he has provided medicaid to a large number of working poor. I see those patients every day.The DMV runs ten times better. I am willing to believe he is corrupt but dont discount some of the good governance he has provided- thelast such thing was subsidized rides for the seniors on public transportation. The tollways are much smoother.

by rocky 2008-03-02 06:13PM | 0 recs
Well, that's Illinois

I lived in Illinois for 6 years. Corruption runs deep in both parties there. But the electorate expects and doesn't care as long as things are run smoothly. Everyone knew Blago was a sleazeball in 2006 and he still won re-election easily - even though the Green Party candidate got 10% of the vote.

New Jersey is another state that works this way. Corruption is assumed.

by elrod 2008-03-02 06:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Well, that's Illinois

Sounds like Illinois is like New Jersey.

by crazymoloch 2008-03-02 07:34PM | 0 recs
Re: And Now, The REAL Dirt of Rezko REVEALED!

So, it's not Obama that's the "big name" Democrat in the scandal, but rather a corrupt ex-Clinton aide?  Hmmmm, interesting...

by NJIndependent 2008-03-03 01:37AM | 0 recs


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