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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Double D Culture of Corruption

Okay, so the title is a teaser, but then again, so are many "double d's". The truth is, I'm referring to Mayor Daley of Chicago and Governor Doyle of Wisconsin, two Democrats who seem to be caught up in that culture of corruption that bothers their party leaders so much.

The guys are two Democrats that Nancy Pelosi probably isn't going to be getting close to anytime soon, and in the case of Daley, Rahm Emanuel may start running, fast, if he's smart. My guess is his November opponent will be linking him to the tainted city hiring process, and use of city workers to campaign.

Robert Sorich, the head of the Mayor's "Intergovernmental Affairs Office" is on trial in Chicago, and once again the witnesses are refusing to use that name for his office. Instead, Donald Tomczak and others continue to refer to it as the "patronage office". Tomczak yesterday testified that he gave names of city employees who, on city time, did a very good job working on the campaigns of Rahm Emanuel, Al Gore, Mayor Daley and others
(From the Chicago Tribune)
In 2001, when there were openings for district foremen in his department, Tomczak said two men were promoted on the basis of their "great job" in campaigns. But he named four other applicants he said were better qualified and did not get promoted for lack of support from the mayor's office.

It's getting funnier daily listening to the Mayor deny that his office, or his subordinates knew anything about the patronage system, as more and more city department heads give testimony nearly identical to Tomczaks.

Sorich seems to have a two pronged defense, one being 'if a single person wasn't promoted because of patronage, then all of this is BS', the other being 'the witnesses are getting sweetheart deals for their own crimes'. No actual denials, just a little obsfucation of the facts.

North of Chicago in Wisconsin, Georgia Thompson is on trial for steering a state travel contract to a donor to the campaign chest of Jim Doyle. Seems the folks behind Adelman Travel gave $3,000 to Doyle's war chest before the contract was awarded, and another $7,000 afterwards.
While the contract has been voided, the governor has refused to return the money.

So far the first few witnesses have said that Omega Travel scored hirer on the states system for awarding the contract, but Thompson and others were pressured by Doyle appointees to fudge the numbers so Adelman would win the $750,000 contract.

It will be interesting to see how both trials pan out, and if any media attention is paid to it if they are found guilty.

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5Comments:

Blogger shoprat said...

Everyone except the media and the far left knows that corruption is bipartisan problem. Unfortunately human nature makes corruption the almost inevitable results of power and the only way to limit it is to prosecute and punish it when and where it is found.

7:52 AM  
Blogger Paula said...

Dang, I thought this was going to be about Daisy Duke and Boss Hogg!

8:49 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

The other way to lessen corruption is to give people (i.e. the state) less power to begin with.

CP - Are you going to make the Midwest Blogmeet in July? Details at my site.

9:55 AM  
Blogger Ted said...

Can't imagine Chicago politics being anything but corrupt. The first mayor Daley elected JFK in 1960 by using the votes of those who had been dead for more than 100 years. That is a known fact and confirmed by the children of Frank Sinatra.

The Daley's are just Al Capone without the scar on the face.

If you were to ever give Illinois an enema, Chicago is where you would stick the hose. Followed closely by East Saint Louis.

Mrs. O'leary, get another cow!!!

3:18 AM  
Blogger Crazy Politico said...

Shoprat, it is bipartisan, until one side decides they want it to be an election issue.

CUG, not sure if I'll make it or not. It's definitely in my neck of the woods. Put me down as "tentative". I never know what my travel schedule will be this far in advance.

Soorry to disappoint Paula, maybe next time.

Ted, you are right, it's been like this here for decades. When Byrne and Washington tried to "end the machine politics", they got them selves unelected. I'd love to see all of Cook County tossed on it's can and required to become a state unto theirselves

5:52 AM  

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