Illinois Dems after the election: Dump the crook, it’s important

posted at 11:00 am on March 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Three days ago, Democrats in Illinois went to bat for Derrick Smith, the state lawmaker who got arrested after taking a bribe from an undercover federal agents.  Party officials on Chicago’s West Side even held a rally urging voters to support him in Tuesday’s primary against a former Republican challenging him for the nomination.  Democrats succeeded in getting Smith the nomination.

Now, of course, they want him gone (via Madison Conservative):

Gov. Pat Quinn and other leading Democrats called today for the resignation of a state lawmaker from Chicago who won a House primary one week after being arrested on federal bribery charges.

The growing pressure on state Rep. Derrick Smith contrasts with the silence from Democratic leaders who avoided such criticism in the days after the arrest, when it might have affected his primary race.

Some, including U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and Ald.Walter Burnett, 27th, encouraged voters to support Smith to ensure the West Side seat stays in Democratic hands. But that changed the day after his easy victory over Tom Swiss, a former Cook County Republican Party official.

Now Democratic leaders are moving to oust Smith and pick a replacement to run in the November general election.

What did Quinn have to say about Smith before Tuesday’s election?  Er … nothing:

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday tiptoed around Smith’s bribery charge, calling his race against Swiss a “tough call for voters,” but one “they’ll be able to sort out.”

As I pointed out Monday, that was a real Profiles In Courage moment for Quinn.  Now that Swiss is safely out of the way, Quinn and his fellow Democrats want to look tough on corruption, but none of them lifted a finger to stop Smith from winning that primary on Tuesday, and many of them explicitly backed Smith.

Unless Smith confessed in the last two days, the conclusion here is that he’s just as innocent or guilty now as he was three days ago.  And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election.  That starts from the Governor all the way down to the precincts, apparently.


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What Chicago machine pol will Torricelli their way onto the ballot once Smith is dumped?

teke184 on March 22, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Illinois=the laughingstock of the nation. Own it, Dems!

visions on March 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

What they need is Alvin Greene…

Logus on March 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

“Time for him to go–we have a bigger, unindicted, crook lined up to take the seat.”

2ndMAW68 on March 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday tiptoed around Smith’s bribery charge…

Here in Illinois, we don’t call Quinn GOV. J-E-L-L-O for nothing!

pilamaye on March 22, 2012 at 11:06 AM

But in their hearts they have the best interest of the citizens,no really they do.

docflash on March 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election.

MessesWithTexas on March 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election. That starts from the Governor all the way down to the precincts, apparently.

True. And from governor, to senator, to president as well.

ted c on March 22, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption

That’s not fair.

Democrats in Illinois care deeply about corruption. They’re 4-square behind massive corruption.

There is only one rule:

Don’t.
Get.
Caught.

CorporatePiggy on March 22, 2012 at 11:10 AM

And they wonder why their economy sucks? THIS IS WHY: Business can only happen where there is the rule of law.

One of the biggest reasons why we have never recovered from the 2008 recession is because of Barry’s arbitrary, inconsistent and criminal rule: IE, the Chicago Way.

wildcat72 on March 22, 2012 at 11:11 AM

In reality, both sides of the political aisle and ideology often practice pragmatism, whether everything is above board or not.

It’s just that Democrats and the left operate with it as a rule of thumb instead of a perceived inevitability.

Most voters I believe are woefully un and/or ill informed and go either with what they know, what they’re told or what they feel. That knife cuts both ways, up and down, from town wards/precincts all the way up to President; Republican, Democrat, Third Party or sitting at home stewing.

Logus on March 22, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Win-win for the Chicago machine. They kept the presumably moderate Swiss out, and now can handpick Smith’s successor.

jwolf on March 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Now Democratic leaders are moving to oust Smith and pick a replacement to run in the November general election.

Yep. Tom Swiss isn’t the Dem they want. Now they can forget an election ever took place and just plug-in their own choice.

Bitter Clinger on March 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Proof that behind every corrupt politician is an entire population of corrupt voters.

Chitcago…what a utter s**thole.

MNHawk on March 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Late f**king breaking news. This is Chicago!

HerneTheHunter on March 22, 2012 at 11:18 AM

What they need is Alvin Greene…

Logus on March 22, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Meh. Cee-Lo Greene.

Rixon on March 22, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday tiptoed around Smith’s bribery charge, calling his race against Swiss a “tough call for voters,” but one “they’ll be able to sort out.”

I would have said it’s a statement about the intelligence of the voters. And it was borne out in reality.

Eren on March 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election. That starts from the Governor all the way down to the precincts, apparently.

Welcome to Earth. Try the cheeseburgers, they’re excellent.

DrSteve on March 22, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Brilliant. Get rid of the criminal, auction off his slot on the ballot to the highest bidder, and make sure the dead get out and vote in November. Chicago has changed little.

Happy Nomad on March 22, 2012 at 11:37 AM

And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election. That starts from the Governor President all the way down to the precincts, apparently.

FIFY

The Rogue Tomato on March 22, 2012 at 11:40 AM

The Chicago machine did something similar in 2006 with the Cook County Board president. John Stroger had a stroke (if I remember correctly) during the campaign that incapacitated him, when his opponent said Stroger should drop out of the race he was soundly criticized. Stroger didn’t drop out and won the election. It was then announced that he could not fulfill the demands of the office and his son Todd was appointed.

rdm1173 on March 22, 2012 at 11:42 AM

And I live here unfortunately. I wish my company would dump IL and move us all to TX (or anywhere). We are powerless here.

kerrhome on March 22, 2012 at 11:43 AM

And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election. That starts from the Governor all the way down to the precincts, apparently.

Sorry to disagree, That starts from the Kommunist Kenyan POTUS all the way down.

MaaddMaaxx on March 22, 2012 at 11:45 AM

NO!…Democratic S L U T S ?

KOOLAID2 on March 22, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Remind me again: why don´t we trust Politicians??

gullxn on March 22, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Just another corrupt Liberal Progressive scumbag. The majority of Americans do not care about ILL., and the cesspool politics, taxes, unions, and business loss. Oh lets not forget the low bond ratings and 90 Billion in unfunded pension liabilities. Of course, there is Chicago which had 59 shootings last weekend with 9 deaths AND:

Chicago a new reservations for minorities, poverty, crime, UNWED Mothers, school dropouts(76%), 50 percent illiteracy rate, corrupt unions, abortions, drugs, gangs, gangsters, guns, abyss of crime, debauchery, gun play, school truancy, car-jacking, human depravity, cronyism, incompetence, arrogance, 7 out of 10 murders remain unsolved, unemployment rate is 32.9%, and general entitlement living. They have become this way (AS WE ALL KNOW) from the liberal progressive mindset of spread the wealth. With Aid to Dependent Children, (73% Out of Wedlock) minority women birthed eight to 10, and in one case, one woman birthed 24 children and all on American taxpayer dollars.

Brushjumper on March 22, 2012 at 11:55 AM

And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election.

Didn’t need this race to show that — unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 100 years or so.

AZCoyote on March 22, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Now Quinn has something golden if Smith goes to jail which maybe unlikely.

Kissmygrits on March 22, 2012 at 12:07 PM

Hey! He may be CROOK, but he’s OUR CROOK!

GarandFan on March 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

The Living Dead strike again.

Smedley on March 22, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Hey! He may be CROOK, but he’s OUR CROOK!

GarandFan on March 22, 2012 at 12:11 PM

This!

+1

The Honey Badger

The Honey Badger on March 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday tiptoed around Smith’s bribery charge, calling his race against Swiss a “tough call for voters,” but one “they’ll be able to sort out.”

Unless, of course, the voters decide against the Democrats. Then they will be characterized as “confused”.

ss396 on March 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

Win-win for the Chicago machine. They kept the presumably moderate Swiss out, and now Mike Madigan can handpick Smith’s successor.

jwolf on March 22, 2012 at 11:16 AM

FIFY. I hate IL.

herm2416 on March 22, 2012 at 12:40 PM

Welcome to one party, machine government. My conclusion is that the voters get the government they deserve. Illinois voters love their crooked machine, and they can reap what they sow (from what I understand, Illinois’s population is dwindling…)

We have a similar problem in Cleveland, OH. The corrupt “county machine” has almost all been convicted of corruption–and, in response, the voters voted to change the entire county structure to make it less corrupt. Those voters then proceeded to shut the Republicans almost completely out of the new county government, even choosing to back, by huge margins, a Democrat for county executive who lobbied AGAINST the creation of the new county structure!

What message does that send Democrats? Go ahead and be as corrupt as you’d like, because the voters will never hold you accountable.

Outlander on March 22, 2012 at 12:49 PM

How can you tell that you are in a cesspool?

Look at your gps… if it says your are in Chicago, Il. your in a cesspool!

ActinUpinTexas on March 22, 2012 at 12:50 PM

ss396 on March 22, 2012 at 12:23 PM

My brother had a maroon ’68 SS396.
Kept it in mint condition for 20 years.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on March 22, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Perhaps they are hoping that Obama will tap him for a czar position or cabinet position later, providing he has evaded taxes also. This kind of thing is a resume for Democrats, especially in Chicago. I’m so glad I escaped to Texas 35 years ago, and I feel for the few relatives I have left who haven’t fled to Indiana.

lukjuj on March 22, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Unless Smith confessed in the last two days, the conclusion here is that he’s just as innocent or guilty now as he was three days ago.

They’re so confused.

RedCrow on March 22, 2012 at 1:23 PM

I’m astounded feds from an Obama-run agency were able to run a sting on a Chicago democrat. Heads will roll for that.

Uncledave on March 22, 2012 at 1:25 PM

I don’t understand. A Republican was running in a Democrat primary? What am I missing?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Party officials on Chicago’s West Side even held a rally urging voters to support him in Tuesday’s primary against a former Republican challenging him for the nomination.

.
I think I’ll lie lay down for a while. I may be over-excited from that SCOTUS decision report.

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2012 at 1:28 PM

Hypocrisy, thy name is Illinois Politics.

infidel4life on March 22, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Seems the voters in Illinois are either ignorant, extremely partisan, or dead (and someone voted for them).

sadatoni on March 22, 2012 at 1:39 PM

And the conclusion one can draw from that is that Democrats in Illinois don’t care about corruption — they just care about winning election. That starts from the Governor all the way down to the precincts, apparently.

Ed, are you clowning around here?
Or do you deserve your own Capt. Louis Renault citation for that observation?

connertown on March 22, 2012 at 1:49 PM

There is no doubt these people deserve the representation they vote in. I saw O’Reilly grilling a pastor from some area outside of Chicago that had 41 people shot, over the weekend, and the pastor was looking for someone to come up with a plan. O’Reilly said this stuff has been going on for 50 years and the plans haven’t worked.

Black people have been supporting Democrats for over 50 years and they have the same complaints now that they did 50 years ago and they keep voting for them. With attitudes, like Obama’s, they’ll never get their problems solved.

bflat879 on March 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

I don’t understand. A Republican was running in a Democrat primary? What am I missing?

ExpressoBold on March 22, 2012 at 1:26 PM

He was just expressing his inner neutrality. The guy’s name is SWISS don’t ya know.

Lammo on March 22, 2012 at 2:25 PM

The joke around Chicago today is that Smith came “pre-charged” with him crime. I can’t tell who should be more embarrassed–the Dim bigwigs or the idiot Dembecile voters who don’t know what’s going on. Oops, I guess the local slimestream media forgot to tell them. Then again, the party can attempt to replace him with the Dim lackey of their choice.

stukinIL4now on March 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

Democrats in Illinois don’t care about ARE corruption

(corrected phrase to make it accurate)

landlines on March 22, 2012 at 3:17 PM

The Chicago machine has more class than NY. NY is proud to have Charlie Rangel represent them and would never consider running him out of office. Jeez Louise….what does this say about all of them. Disgusting.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

The Cook County Democratic Party motto: “Where’s mine?”

georgej on March 22, 2012 at 5:51 PM

The Chicago machine has more class than NY. NY is proud to have Charlie Rangel represent them and would never consider running him out of office. Jeez Louise….what does this say about all of them. Disgusting.

jb34461 on March 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

How about Florida? After Federal District Court Judge Alcee Hastings was impeached and convicted by Congress for accepting bribes, Florida democratics elected him to the House.

slickwillie2001 on March 22, 2012 at 6:12 PM

Yup!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WTF!!!!
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One week after being indicted, Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith wins big in primary

Submitted 3 mins ago from http://www.suntimes.com
http://www.breakingnews.com/
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One week after being indicted, State Rep. Derrick Smith wins big March 20, 2012 8:47PM

Updated: March 20, 2012 9:03PM
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State Rep. Derrick Smith scored a big win Tuesday against his Republican-turned-Democratic challenger in a quirky primary contest a week after his arrest on a federal bribery charge.

Powerful Democratic House Speaker Michael Madigan also claimed victory over a spirited but mostly overwhelmed challenger, highlighting a slate of legislative races with plenty of intrigue but few upsets.

Smith (D–Chicago), who was appointed to the House in 2011, was busted by the feds after allegedly accepting $7,000 to write a recommendation letter for a daycare center he thought was seeking a state grant.

With about 80 percent of the precincts reporting, Smith had taken in 77 percent of the vote against 23 percent for challenger Tom Swiss, who raised eyebrows by running billboard ads depicting black individuals in the mostly African-American district when he himself is white.

“I was annihilated,” Swiss said. ““The ideologues came out, and those are the people that just would rather vote for a crook than someone who had worked for Republicans.”(More….)
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http://www.suntimes.com/news/elections/11427616-505/one-week-after-being-indicted-state-rep-derrick-smith-wins-big.html

canopfor on March 20, 2012 at 10:22 PM

canopfor on March 22, 2012 at 8:41 PM

his name is Swiss, did he really think that would pass as non-white? he should’ve tried Swiss Miss pudding…mmmmm

As an aside, it’s state assembly so it’s irrelevent and always Chicago.

John Kettlewell on March 22, 2012 at 10:04 PM