Chicago Politics: What a Wicked Web They Weave

With every new story out of Chicago there’s another piece of the puzzle put in place. In this new AP article it appears to me that Jesse Jackson Jr. didn’t pay the proper amount to get his wife appointed to be a lottery director. And in turn, that may be the reason that JJJ is more involved in the investigation more than he wants to admit right now. In Chicago politics, paybacks are a bitch.

CHICAGO – Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn’t appoint the congressman’s wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Blagojevich went out of his way to say, ‘You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me? That’s why she’s not getting the job,'” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation.

Jackson’s name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama‘s vacant Senate seat for personal gain.

Ya think little boy Blago taunted the wrong person? His ego will be his downfall.

Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds declined to comment on the account of the exchange shortly after Blagojevich’s 2002 election but said the congressman, the son of civil rights activist Jesse Jackson, has approached federal investigators to discuss the governor and others for years.

“He has shared information with federal prosecutors about public corruption during the past several years, including information about Blagojevich and others,” Edmonds said.

And the biggest politician from Chicago refuses to answer any questions. Of course that’s not unusual. His Chief of staff to be is up to his eyeballs in this and has gone into hiding. I see a pattern developing here. Never answer a direct question, stall for two or three days till the handlers decide what the truth is, then call it a distraction.

And this little tidbit.

In April, the Chicago Tribune reported that an examination of campaign donations to Blagojevich showed that three in four donors who gave exactly $25,000 received administration favors such as state board appointments or contracts.

This is just one corrupt Chicago politician, and at the time of this post, Obama isn’t even officially president elect Obama yet. (that happens after the delegates meet) It’s going to be an interesting 4 years.

Read the rest.

Michelle Malkin has more on the corruption in Chicago.

The Real Housewives of Crook County

Cable television introduced us to “The Real Housewives of Orange County” – an estrogen-infused reality show featuring a coven of conniving and ambitious women living pampered lives in southern California. Blago-gate has brought us something even juicier: The Real Housewives of Crook County, Illinois. The public may be wearying of indicted Democrat Gov. Rod Blagojevich and the Chicago boys’ club, but the conniving and ambitious women behind the scenes of the corruption scandal are a must-see political drama all their own.

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