And Now, The REAL Dirt of Rezko REVEALED!
by Walt Starr, Sun Mar 02, 2008 at 05:49:40 PM EST
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.