Monday, January 12, 2009
Personal Aside: Kevin Whites Position? Id Like Him to Write It Here!...The Dont Blame Me! I Voted for Judy Bumper Sticker.
Kevin White, a very smart lawyer and astute Republican strategist the 38th ward Republican committeeman and former 5th district GOP nominee for Congress against Rahm Emanuel was on my radio show last night with State Rep. Jack Franks (D-McHenry) and Ill be darned if I got his point about Blagos impeachment correctly. Yeah, I know Im an old codger but Im going to ask Kevin to write it up for us and submit it to this website via my email firstname.lastname@example.org .
It seems to me Kevin was saying the impeachment process is being railroaded by the Dems to get rid of Blago early the so-called railroading depriving Illinoisans of learning the full extent of Blagos sins sins committed (if I read him correctly) with full participation by the two parties. If Im wrong about this, Kevin, I apologize. Jack Franks vociferously disagreed that the impeachment was a railroad. I have doubts that the House railroaded Blago-- because he didnt show up. But then I dont have the full transcript of the impeachment that Kevin and Jack have.
Still, one thing does bother me. I think everybody is entitled to fair legal representation and if Pat Fitzgerald freezes Blagos campaign fund, it means that he will be virtually defenseless while the full brunt of the feds will be utilized against him. That doesnt seem to bother Jack but it does me. I think Blago is rotten to the core but I believe he is entitled to good representation. I dont know how long Genson is going to hang around as his lawyer if he isnt paid. The same thing happened to George Ryan Fitz cutting off his legal water as well but George got Big Jimbo to use his firm pro-bono which provided a Cadillac-style defense. I think Fitz is a bit of a zealot on this. Sort of tying the guys both arms and beating him up. Fitz maintains the campaign fund is corrupt money and shouldnt be used in this way. Okaybut then I think much as I hate to say it the state should pay Blagos defenseat least in the impeachment-conviction phase since he is standing trial as a governor who was elected twice by the people.
But back to the central question whether or not there was a House railroad. I ask via this post that when Kevin finds time to do it, he jots down his reasoning and then maybe we can all consider whos right (although right now I think Jack Franks is). Yet I have great respect for Kevins sagacious intellect so well see.
Dont Blame Me Bumper Sticker.
A friend has sent me the Dont Blame Me: I Voted for Judy! bumper sticker. That opens up an interesting question. I did not vote for Topinka but wrote in the name Randy Stufflebeam, the 3rd party candidate for governor knowing full well he didnt have a chance. I rationalized it this way: Bad as Blago is, were Topinka to beat him, she would return the Republican party to the Jim Thompson-Jim Edgar-George Ryan crowd not to mention Bill Cellini, her friend for whom she tried to get the state to help ease him out of the Renaissance hotel fiasco. I decided Id rather have Blago and a chance to build an independent, Reagan-style party than to vote for her.
You know what? I still feel that way. Tell me what you think. Also, since many readers seem to find it difficult to get on the Readers Comments section of this website, write to me at email@example.com