Illinois State Rep Indicted for Bribery, then Wins Primary


What can you even say at this point about Chicago politics? I’d say I’m happy I live in New York, but things aren’t much better here.

On the bright side, if you’re a big fan of corruption – or at least willing to overlook it when it occurs in your party – this story is sure to warm your heart.

Last week state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) was indicted for bribery. He’s accused of accepting $7,000 to arrange a state grant for a day care center. But I’m sure it was “for the kids.” In yesterday’s Democratic primary race against Tom Swiss, Smith collected three-quarters of the vote. Swiss is a former Cook County Republican Party official, his campaign billboards featured an African American construction worker. Swiss is white and not a construction worker.

Swiss: Next time run as a Republican and don’t pretend to be something you are not.

Good grief, what’s with people anymore?

There’s more here on Rep. Derrick Smith and the corruption that’s all but been institutionalized by Chicago Democrats, who will do anything to save a seat.  But not to worry, I’m sure the Chicago Democrats who occupy the White House have grown up and only have our best interests in their hearts.

(OK, so I choked on that last sentence a little bit. Sometimes my own sarcasm makes me gag.)