posted by Rep. John Fritchey @ 5/17/2006
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Looks like Blagojevich is taking the Mayor Daley approach to the cooking of the personnel decisions by his administration: keep the involved folks on as long as you can (DeFraties and Casey were given other cushy state jobs no doubt with a view to keeping them quiet) and then when that doesn't seem to be working, fire them. Say they are loose cannons and that you never had any idea anything like this was going on. Never. It seems to have worked for da Mare so far. He seems to be the way front runner for 2007. Although with the Sorich trial he has to be getting just a tad nervous.I bet Blago is sweating that Sorich trial too. Two major Democratic patronage/cronyism scandals might make the voters forget about George Ryan. Meanwhile, JBT, who presumably could be a political beneficiary of all this rampant Democratic corruption, can't seem to get herfeckless campaign going. But maybe she won't have to.
The Stroger family must think we're a bunch of suckers. There is no way John Stroger is coming back in any way, shape, or form to lead Cook County. Period.These "meetings" Chief of Staff keeps having with the president? According to rumor (from well-placed people), they're watching basketball and baseball games together. That's why Whigham won't even tell the press *when* he's meeting with Stroger.An acquaintance at Rush who saw Stroger shortly before he was discharged from that institution said he was weeks away from being able to speak at all.It's a sad commentary on the state of the American citizenry when people don't get at all worked up by the fact that $3 billion in tax dollars is being spent by unelected bureaucrats without any supervision and that the President of the United States is repeatedly and willfully violating the Constitution and federal statutes (to name just two outrages that should have us all marching in the streets).
Rgarding this in the Sun-Times:"Illinois AFL-CIO President Margaret Blackshere was listed as the sponsor of her son, Michael, who holds a $69,684-a-year job with the DCEO.The union chief said she approached Blagojevich's top aide, Lon Monk, before the governor took office to express interest on behalf of her son in the DCEO post focusing on community development."You need to talk to the governor's office," Monk said, declining to say whether he was aware such a list outlining political sponsors was kept. "That's a government issue."Blackshere said she sees nothing improper in approaching Monk, particularly since her son has a college diploma and had experience in Cook County government dealing with capital planning."I gave my son an opportunity by saying, 'OK, here's an opportunity. You'll have to earn it. You'll have to do the interview, the application, that's all. Everything else is up to you, young man,' " she said. "With his degree, with his experience, all of that, he earned the job."He, Mikey, was certainly qualified. I believe he is assigned to the Director's Office, which means he has a "get him on the payroll he's got clout" job. Of courese he is qualified to do what he does. Surf the net, talk about the Cubs and Cards, keep odd (short) hours. But who am I to say anything? I just keep my head down, do my work and try not to get beat on by Rod's runts.BTW. How many times does Wilhelm's name appear on the list? I know he has a few toadies running around DCEO.
How could JBT use the hiring list to her advantage? If I recall correctly, she was on fawell’s list 10 times.I’m sure that she has recommended a person for a state job at one time. I’m also sure that she has hired staff in her office at the request of lawmakers and former Governors.Criticism coming from George Ryan’s polka partner. Give me a break!
Topinka and Blago are about equally dirty.But Blago seems more stable at least.The Republicans really screwed up in not nominating someone who could have offered voters a real choice. They are just re-running the George Ryan team.Now Blago's just going to waltz in again.
I support Rod Blagojevich 100%, but, a few months ago, I was worried that one of the other candidates would win the Republican primary. I still think that Rod would have one, but this would be a tough issue for him. This is one drum that JBT can't bang on. Also, I'd be willing to bet that there are a few Republican sponsors on the hiring list.Hint, Tom C.
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