Lynn, In light of B.O. (Barack Obama) bringing Chicago politics to Washington….
I was catching up on some of my “Human Events” reading and they had some interesting “Political IQ” questions in a previous issue on the topic:
1. The sensational arrest of Illinois Democrat Gov. Rod Blagojevich last week made headlines. There is talk that the governor may get prison time. Who was the last sitting US governor to be convicted of a crime that carried prison time?
2. Blagojevich served in the US House of Representatives from 1996-2002. Who currently holds his seat?
3. Before Blagojevich’s election to Congress, who was the last Democrat to hold his House seat?
4. There are increasing calls for Blagojevich to step down. Who was the last sitting US governor to resign from office?
5. When he was in Congress, Blagojevich was one of only two members of Serbian heritage. What current member of Congress is of Serbian heritage?
ANSWERS: (my comments are in NTR BOLD)
1. Republican John Rowland of Connecticut, convicted on corruption charges in 2004 and sent to prison for ten months in 2006.
This child’s play compared to Democrat corruption – not even comparable, IMO.
2. Democrat Rahm Emmanuel, recently named chief of staff to Barack Obama.
Chicago Trib calls him profane, ruthless and no one will confuse him as a bi-partisan. http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2006 ... hm-emanuel
He also has Chicago corruption ties with a corrupt Chicago city water department boss named D-Tomczak (Donny Tomczak), who intimidated Daley’s precinct workers, who feared for their jobs. Tomczak admitted to pulling in $400,000 in bribes and ran a mayoral patronage army for Daley in violation of federal court orders. Koss (Chicago Times link below) wrote that without the corrupt Tomczak, Emmnauel wouldn’t be able to bask in the love of the media. He likens it to another certain Chicago politician who has his corrupt friends – a certain Barack Obama and Tony Rezko.http://archives.chicagotribune.com/2006 ... 20202nov22
3. Dan Rostenkowski, who held the seat from 1958-94, when he was defeated after being indicted on corruption charges.
WOW… I had forgotten about Rosty. Indicted for 17 counts of embezzling public and campaign funds, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction of justice. He spent 15 months in a minimum security prison, Oxford, Wisconsin; 2 months in a halfway house. $100,000 fine. Rosty earned 16 cents an hour at his prison job (monitors boiler gauges in the prison powerhouse); but get this… he still got his Congressional pension when he was released: $104,000 a year and was pardoned on December 23, 2000, by Pres Bill Clinton in his last few days in office along with Mark Rich and 400 others…geeeze
4. Democrat Elliot Spitzer of New York, who resigned earlier last year after reports of his involvement with a DC prostitute.
5. Republican Sen. George Voinovich of Ohio, who recently called B.O. a socialist, "He is left of Teddy Kennedy. With all due respect, the man is a socialist." http://blog.cleveland.com/openers/2008/ ... arack.html