Where Is the Democratic Howard Baker?
Re-posted from National Review June 27, 2014 With the passing of former Senator Howard H. Baker Jr. of Tennessee, Democrats have a chance to rise above partisanship and get serious about the IRS scandal. As many sources from all over the political spectrum have pointed out, Republican Baker set an example as a leader who put the nation first and politics second while attempting to discover | Read More »
Chicago preparing for business as usual, post-Patrick Fitzgerald?
Could be, could be: “The White House is expected to name a new U.S. attorney for Chicago soon from among four finalists. Whoever it is will be an insider compared to the man he or she will replace, Patrick Fitzgerald.” Basically, Fitzgerald is leaving the position after over ten years of putting governors (note plural) and other corrupt Illinois state officials (yes, I know, redundant) | Read More »
Palate cleanser: Fitzgerald to stay on as US Attorney.
Well, this cheers me up after the last story. Via Hot Air Headlines: Blago, Libby prosecutor to stay on Patrick Fitzgerald, the U.S. attorney in Chicago who brought criminal fraud charges against Rod Blagojevich, will be staying in his job in the Obama administration, even though he was appointed to the position by President George W. Bush. [snip] But Fitzgerald will not be asked to | Read More »
Patrick Fitzgerald Seeks to Prolong Blago Saga
If you happened to think that Governor Blagojevich’s situation might become more untenable once he’s formally indicted, it looks like you may have to wait a few months longer: U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald has filed a motion seeking a 90-day extension to return of an indictment against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Federal prosecutors normally have 30 days to file an indictment against a defendant. That | Read More »
Patrick Fitzgerald is doing great where he is.
Most of the thoughts in this Politico article – “Big risks for Obama in Blago scandal” – are already familiar to our readers, so I won’t review the article’s content beyond the basics: the danger for the new administration is not that they end up being directly implicated in dirty Illinois politics, but that they get associated with it. We’re already seeing a certain amount | Read More »
So, Things Are Kind Of Eventful In My Home State . . .
Those who follow Illinois politics with even a mild degree of interest are not in the least bit surprised to find out that Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested and accused of having involved in pay-to-play schemes at the highest levels of Illinois government. What happens with Blagojevich is anyone’s guess; he may try to remain Governor through this entire sordid mess, he may resign or | Read More »
Holder versus Fitzgerald?
First, let’s set the scenario. To recap: Eric Holder vetted the Marc Rich pardon for the Clinton White House; Scooter Libby was one of Rich’s lawyers; and Patrick Fitzgerald was one of the attorneys going after Rich. With me so far? Now read this 2002 article, from the New York Times: Panel Says Top Justice Dept. Aide Held Information on Rich’s Pardon By ALISON LEIGH | Read More »
Why President-elect Obama should pick a Republican to replace him in the Senate.
Yes, I know that formally he has no say in the decision; and yes, I know that the title’s self-evidently ridiculous. Still, it’d solve his problem nearly. Obviously, after January 20, 2009 Illinois is going to need a new junior Senator, and the politicking for that seat has been intense, and increasingly louder. It’d probably be easier to give the names of Illinois politicians who | Read More »
Tony Rezko’s talking.
This is going to be one whale of an investigation, if true: Obama fundraiser, convicted of fraud, spills beans Oct 11 03:26 AM US/Eastern By MIKE ROBINSON Associated Press Writer CHICAGO (AP) – Jailed political fundraiser Antoin “Tony” Rezko, the Chicago real estate developer who helped launch Barack Obama on his political career, is whispering secrets to federal prosecutors about corruption in Illinois and the | Read More »
Putting up the Fitzmas decorations.
While we’re waiting to see whether there’s going to be a world economy come Monday, some good news, here: the Feds decided to rattle Illinois Governor Blagojevich’s (D) cage. With a jackhammer. Sources tell CBS 2 News Chicago that Federal agents claim to have enough evidence to indict Blagojevich on fraud and conspiracy charges. However, the report says the investigators aren’t the ones who make | Read More »