Blagojevich arrest could send Jewish rep to Senate
By Ron Kampeas · December 9, 2008
Political observers say that U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky could end up the winner after the arrest of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Cosmic Smudge / Creative Commons)
" WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich had absolute power and apparently was enjoying it.
Senate Candidate 1, according to the federal complaint that led to the governor's arrest Tuesday, was close to President-elect Barack Obama, whose newly vacant U.S. Senate seat Blagojevich was constitutionally required to fill. That fed Blagojevich's hopes of extracting a Cabinet position or a high-salaried nonprofit job from Obama."
"Schakowsky is among the most liberal lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives, and is one of the few in the body who can claim opposition to the Iraq War from its outset. Her record is solidly pro-Israel, and she conveys a Jewish mother vibe, actively seeking out dates for her unmarried staff.
She is especially close to Rahm Emanuel, who just quit his own congressional seat to become Obama's chief of staff. Both emerged from the Illinois Public Action Fund, a public interest advocacy group, in the 1980s."
[Illinois Mutual Corruption Society
The situation in Illinois with Gov,Fitz,Obama is like Mafia families fighting over turf as depicted in movies. Blago was acceptably corrupt in the Society, and getting his share of deals until now. It isn't good guy Fitz vs. the bad guys -- they are all bad guys. Good guys just don't get promoted into influential positions. I think the opinion of the WRH letter writer about Rahm E. and the Jew-for-Senate seat has merit. There have to be criminal motives behind this burning of Blag. Blag was maybe believing he was more powerful than he was. Now he is being shown he is dispensable -- just like happens in the movies.]