Laugh Or Cry, This Is Chicago Politics

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Apr 10, 2013.

  1. pspr

    pspr

    Despite the endorsement of President Obama, Robin Kelly easily won election Tuesday night in a special House election to represent Illinois' troubled Second Congressional District.

    The sprawling urban-suburban district, containing Chicago's ugly South Side, was formerly represented by Jesse Jackson Jr., who like a number of Illinois politicians will be residing in a federal penitentiary for a while.

    In fact, the last three incumbents of the Second District's seat have moved on to prison cells, as have some recent governors. But that could just be coincidence.

    (The Second District is not to be confused with the Fifth District, which is on the North Side. The Fifth was formerly held by the late Rep. Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful House committee chairman who went on to prison. He was succeeded by Rod Blagojevich, who went on to prison, but not before becoming governor with the campaign help of Obama and his Fifth District successor Rahm Emanuel, who is now the mayor and has not been convicted of anything yet.)

    Kelly got 71% of the Democrat district's vote to 22% for Republican Paul McKinley. McKinley ran on a platform of urban renewal, which seemed apt for an ex-convict. (Hey, this is Chicago.)

    Kelly won the February primary with 51% of the vote over one-term former House member Debbie Halvorson. Kelly's Tuesday victory was thus set in stone. So, the last-minute endorsement of former South Sider Obama was not exactly an act of political courage.

    More importantly for Kelly was the $2.2 million in advertising spent to buy her the seat by Independence USA, the political PAC of New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Billionaire Bloomberg attacked Kelly's opponents and supported Kelly because she too opposes salty soups and Big Gulp drinks.

    No, wait. Like Bloomberg, she wants more restrictions on guns and the lethal violence that young men wreak with them on Chicago's unruly South Side. All this despite Chicago's firearms laws that are among the nation's toughest.

    "Watch us take on the NRA, the Tea Party and anyone else standing in the way of our safety," Kelly said at her victory rally, naively. The 56-year-old joins the powerless House minority Democrat caucus with the lowest seniority of all 435 members.

    Jesse Jackson Jr. represented the chronically corrupt Second District for 17 years until he resigned in November. He had been easily reelected then because of his party affiliation despite being absent most of 2012 undergoing treatment for depression and bipolar disorder.

    However, Jackson then pled guilty to fraudulently misusing $750,000 in campaign funds for personal use. As it happens, Jackson's wife Sandi also pled guilty to tax fraud while helping loot his congressional funds. So, she resigned her seat as one of Chicago's 50 aldermen.

    In an amazing coincidence that is quite familiar actually in Illinois, Jackson was first elected to that House seat in a similar special election following the resignation of his Democrat predecessor Mel Reynolds for conviction of doing illicit things with his 16-year-old mistress.

    Reynolds was easily reelected in 1994 anyway because of his party affiliation. Reynolds had originally won the seat following the legal troubles of his Democrat predecessor.

    While in state prison, Reynolds received an additional six years of federal time for bank fraud.

    However, in 2000 Reynolds wrote a nice letter appealing for commutation of his prison sentence. Being a friend, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the father of Jesse Jr., delivered the letter from loyal Democrat Reynolds to fellow Democrat Bill Clinton. In the waning hours of his presidency, Clinton commuted Reynolds' sentence, putting him back on the street.

    This year Reynolds wanted to succeed his successor in the House. But by Illinois standards, Reynolds' prison term was clearly too short to qualify him for another federal political office quite so soon. The removal of his successor's wife, however, created an opening on the Chicago City Council.


    http://news.investors.com/politics-...-illinois-second-jesse-jackson-jr-.htm?p=full
     
  2. The city is so corrupt and full of morons it will never change. Who in their right mind would ever move there?

    At least there are a few places that make Washington, DC look good. Not many, but a few.
     
  3. the dumbfuckery has no end.