Thursday, August 16, 2007
Personal Asides: Doug Ibendahls Letter Reprinted in Full In the Full Sweep of History, Blago Will be Regarded as a Rogue Governor On View Today in The ObserverTom Roeser of Otto Engineering and Others.
If you find this open letter to me from Doug Ibendahl patronizing, it should be understood that he works for and derives his income from Jack Roeser so this letter bears all the earmarks of having been written with one eye on his employer to seek his beneficent reaction. Jack and I have been friends for many years and agree on much while having disagreed never unpleasantly to my reckoning. Doug has worked on many projects for FTN including the Marriage Amendment. His stridency is herewith reproduced with the exception of the words he typed as capitals. He writes frequently either under his own name or that of Dan. It is always of the same vein: to denounce any deviation from the iron rule of the FTN.
He sees himself as the enforcer of conservative ideology, along the lines of the medieval Dominican friar Savaronola. Kjellanders head on a plate, preferably still gasping for breath is what Ibendahl wants: also to return the State Central Committee to democracy which means the way it used to be when Pete Granata, a boss of the West Side Mafia Bloc, a Republican state senator, was on the Committee and packed a gun under his vest while he sat near me when I went to SCC meetings representing my employer, Bob Stuart of Quaker Oats. I rather nervously agreed with almost everything Sen. Granata said, noticing the protuberant bulge under his vest.
But give Young Ibendahl some slack. He is a bright young lawyer if ill-tempered and insulting. Hearkening back to his work for adoption of the Marriage Amendment, it can be hoped that once he adds some years or marries and has a family hell gain some maturity. In that way he will be even more helpful to his employer.
Jack Roeser makes his point more sagaciously than does young Ibendahl and Jack was recently on my WLS radio show and will be welcomed back whenever he wishes. Incidentally, Jacks son, Tom (again, no relation) has a very interesting piece in The Chicago Daily Observer today, a publication young Doug derides. Dougs hot letter also appears in todays Observer.
The best part is at the end where he signals we shall never correspond again. I am holding him to that promise.
An open letter to Tom Roeser regarding Individual K
By Doug Ibendahl
Reprinted from the Family Taxpayers Network
[Tom Roeser, no relation to FTNs own Jack Roeser, has a piece on his new blog defending his friend Bob Kjellander and mocking reform-minded Republicans. In this open letter, Doug Ibendahl sets the record straight on several key facts.]
By my count you got about one thing right in your latest diatribe in defense of your friend Individual K. Its the last line, There: hows that for alienating everybody and pleasing none?
Well, actually, thats not right either. Obviously your friend, Big Bob, will appreciate the way you destroy your credibility in order to salvage his.
If you want to brag about your long history as a conservative leader in a state where the conservative movement is now so weak it cant even stop a Democrat (Topinka) from getting the Republican nomination for the states top jobhave at it. If you want to sup on a conservative boat cruise with a guy who has called good conservatives many names including kooks and incestuousand then come back and shill for that attacker of conservativesagain, thats your choice.
But you have many lines in your piece that just defy logic. Here are just a few.
First, I found your belittling comments about Jack Roeser totally offensive. When you say things like But this will enable Jack and others to possibly turn all their energies to building up the Illinois GOP Tom I wish you would spent just 1% of the time that you spend defending Individual K to do some of the really positive work Jack does. Jack has easily been one of the single biggest financial supporters of good GOP candidates in this stateand he does it with no expectation of getting anything in return other than good government.
Jack was the biggest single contributor (by far) to Oberweis just last year, the one candidate who could have stopped Kjellanders candidate, Topinka. Jack also single-handedly nearly saved the Protect Marriage referendum last year. FTNs Republican Renaissance Project is the most serious effort in years (maybe ever), dedicated to recruiting new candidates for public and party office. And all the thankless work Jack and his team do in providing transparency on the education spending front is truly miraculous.
Those are just a few of the true building efforts Jack Roeser is involved withwhile you obsess over how to keep propping up Individual K. Tom, none of us spend 1% of the time trying to save him~ If it werent so trueit might be funny.
But I have several more beefs with you.
You say regarding Kjellander, for his work as a lobbyist which they maintain is a conflict of interest. So, Tom, do you have doubts that there is a conflict of interest when a senior Republican party official makes millions with a Democrat administration? To most it seems like a textbook example of a conflict of interest. I would like to hear you explain how there couldnt be a conflict.
has been blamed by some conservatives This is not a conservative vs. liberal thing. Tom, what about your other pal, Tom Cross? Have you forgotten that he even tried to adopt legislation several months ago to get rid of Kjellander? But I guess he is not the Captain Ahab to which you refer.
Details were sealed but there is a rumor that Kjellander is considered to be Official K in Patrick Fitzgeralds list. Is he? Who knows? Are you serious? Numerous major papers including the Chicago Tribune and Sun-Times have reported this as fact. Anyone can read the description regarding Individual K in court documents and figure it out. Its not true to say that all the details are sealed.
And then, of course, you rehash many of your same old disrespectful comments, mocking Kjellanders critics.
But Bob Kjellander has been the bete noir for some Republican conservatives who pin on him everything that has gone wrong in the GOP and beyond possibly including the West Nile Virus. And but at the same time to dramatize him as the cause of all evil is and the idea that the Republican party will never be the same unless Kjellander leaves is ridiculous and last but not least you hurl the Captain Ahab thing for about the third time in12 months.
Tom, Ive asked you this beforewho has ever said that Kjellander is the source of all evil or the only problem? Defending the indefensible is bad enough but I think its sad that you cant argue in an honest, mature fashion.
And here you show your ignorance about the partys operation. For one thing, Kjellander was elected to his job by the State Central committee and when Steve Rauschenberger ran against him, Kjellander won hands down.
Wrong. Kjellander was first nominated by a committee whose members were chosen by the State Central. The actual election was then done by the delegates at the state convention in 2004but of course that was all controlled by the convention chair Topinka. But yes, it is true that trhe State Central was responsible for picking a group for the nominating committee who were all pro-Kjellander except for one individual. Members were selected on that basisso gee, what a shock that members picked for being pro-Kjellander would vote to nominate Kjellander. Returning to direct elections for the SCC would give an independent challenger a chance for senior offices like National Committeeman but of course you mock that too.
Next the biggest hoot of all was how you point fingers at Rove for working against Peter Fitzgeraldbut the real culprit, your pal Kjellander off the hook. Good grief, Tom, Rove worked on Fitzgeralds campaign for U.S. Senate. He did much of the mail, for cryin out loud. Kjellander worked against Peter from day 1 including his backing of Loleta Didrickson in the 1998i primary while Rove was backing Peter.
You say you dont care how your diatribe will be takenthats good. Because count me in as another who wont be caring i.e. I won[t be caring how you new internet paper fares.
You say you want more balance compared to the mainstream papers. But I guess Im not seeing it. If I want to see good conservatives being mocked, rehashed insults, rehashed facts and silly analysis I think Ill just stick to the papers already out there.
Tom, Ive tried to be nice and professional in previous correspondenceto no avail. You seem only to listen to failed players of the pastthat is, if you listen at all. I think were done here. There are plenty of Young Turks inthis state (and Ill proudly include 84-year-old Jack Captain Ahab Roeser as one of those Young Turks who get it. There are plenty of Republicans in this state who arent satisfied repeating the same mistakes and propping-up the same old failed, self-dealing players. Were advancing the ball on many fronts than you obviously realize.
An article in todays Observer written by Dr. Don Haider, one of the most knowledgeable scholars extant about Illinois government, brilliantly describes our governor. I urge you to read it.
As for me, I find Blago a rogue governor, not unlike but slightly more stable than Earl Long of Louisiana whose inability to get along with his legislature was psychiatric. Our guy is a rogue governor with some traitsnot allresembling also the most notorious governor in Illinois history. No, not George Ryan whose crookedness centered mainly on his secretaryship of statenot Dan Walker who only wanted to play Don Quixote against Richard J. Daley. Whom I have in mind is Len Small.
Lennington Small, called Len, who served from 1921 to `29 exceeded all governors for outrageous actions, even Blago thus far. But he resembled Blago in the way he acted. For instance, when the state public utilities commission angered Small because it didnt help Smalls friends, the governor replaced it with a commerce commission that had duplicate powers but an obedient membership to Small. Who does that remind you of? The demagoguery was the same.
True, Small exceeded Blago at his worst. He was indicted while governor for allegedly running a money-laundering scheme when he was state treasurer; he was acquitted by a jury but get this: four jurors who acquitted him later got state jobs! There is still time for our governor to match Smalls record but even if he doesnt, by virtue of his intransigence and wholesale violation of the state constitution (by cramming into the budget, by allocating monies passed for one purpose to his own) he has mandated an expensive socialistic health care program without the legislature voting on it. As such, Blago is not just a governmental outrage but belongs in the Nut Valhalla whose only occupant thus far has been Len Small.
Coming in the Observer.
Tom Roeser, the CEO of Otto Engineering in Carpentersville, writes about the immigration dispute in that city and writes eloquently.
Dr. Donald Haider of Northwestern University drills Blago a new set of phrases to describe his inept administration.
Jim Leahy, one of the best grassroots experts in the Illinois GOP, writes about what his party needs.
Charlie Johnston, who is tied with Jim Leahy as a grassroots expert has a new burst of optimism about the national GOPs chances.
And I write about Blago, too comparing him to an earlier Republican governor of whom you may not have heard (no, not George Ryan) but one who presided awfully when I was born.