Wednesday, August 02, 2006

But What I Meant Was...

From the "And You Wonder Why People are Dubious Department":

The Democratic County Chairmen’s Association gave Gov. Rod Blagojevich $30,000 days before the March 21 primary, although Blagojevich had said he wouldn’t take its money...

However, Blagojevich told reporters in 2003 he wouldn’t take the organization’s money...

In the spring of 2003, when Blagojevich was championing ethics legislation, he was set to appear at a fundraiser for the chairmen’s organization in Springfield on a legislative day - when a fundraiser for himself would not be allowed.

He at first said he would do “what the law allows,” but then told reporters he hadn’t taken money from the group - which was incorrect - and also said he wouldn’t do so in the future.

“No. We don’t need it,” he said...

This March 6 - the same day Blagojevich appeared at Rochester High School to promote a plan to build roads and schools - he also spoke at an evening fundraiser at the Hilton Springfield for the county chairmen’s group. Eleven days later, he got the $30,000 donation.

Sheila Nix, Blagojevich campaign spokeswoman, said late Monday she did not know if the campaign would keep the money.
With everything going on these days, and with millions and millions of dollars in the bank, I don't get why they would even open themselves up to an issue like this.

8 Comments:

At August 2, 2006 at 8:26 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rep.,

You're not saying that we are supposed to be surprised by this are you?

The last guy that had an administration and spokespeople with this little credibility had his statue knocked down by American troops.

 
At August 2, 2006 at 10:57 AM, Anonymous Ravenswood Right Winger said...

Hey John, any chance the 7% tax cap gets renewed in the veto session? If so I will buy you some foie gras, I promise!

 
At August 2, 2006 at 11:59 AM, Blogger Hon. John Fritchey said...

Tough to tell, now that tax bills are out, the Mayor is doing a press conference today to renew his call for passage of the bill. My gut feel is the same - if Leadership (City and State) are committed to making this happen, it will. If they are not, it's a toss up.

I can't imagine that the Mayor would want to go into February with this issue still hanging out there.

One way or the other, the bigger picture issue of how we fund education simply must be addressed. The lack of real leadership on this issue simply cannot continue. The problem is not going to go away and it is not getting better.

It is shameful for us to rank at the bottom of the Country in funding disparity and all of the talk about how important education is rings hollow if we don't truly make it a priority.

 
At August 2, 2006 at 2:29 PM, Anonymous Brad said...

8:26

Now that was funny!

 
At August 2, 2006 at 9:17 PM, Anonymous Disgusted said...

I have long ago given up expecting anything classy or honorable from the pathological liar we have for a governor. He fibs, his media staff fib daily and his leading administrators fib. It's an embarrassment for the whole state, along with our rock bottom place nationwide in funding programs, pensions, etc.

Is the pork he has to sign for more important to the statehouse residents than calling him on all this nonsence and doing what the taxpayers elected their representives to do?

 
At August 4, 2006 at 1:20 PM, Blogger respectful said...

Let's hope Judy's education funding plan offers more than selling the lottery.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 2:25 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Do not hold your breath. If oyu haven't noticed, Topinka is yet to offer real platforms or plans of any substance.

 
At August 9, 2006 at 9:36 PM, Blogger respectful said...

I remember four years ago A-Rod's education plan of substance was a promise to dedicate 51 cents of every new dollar to education.

 

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