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Flashback: When Obama Endorsed Blagojevich and How We Got 2 Terms of Blago

Steve Rhodes 30 July 2010 3 Comments

Maybe voters shouldn’t have listened to Barack Obama, who claimed Rezko as his “political godfather.” Obama assured voters in a re-election endorsement that “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.”

Party leaders knew that wasn’t true.

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And when the media did begin reporting on the allegations swirling around the governor’s office, even alleged party reformers were there to defend Blagojevich.

“I don’t like government being used as a tool to reward political favors and I never have. I don’t like to see limited state funds wasted on unnecessary employees. And I don’t like seeing public officials accused of wrongdoing when there is nothing to substantiate the accusations,” Abner Mikva wrote in an Op-Ed that appeared in the Sun-Times on June 13, 2006.

Read more at the Beachwood Reporter

3 Comments »

  • Pat Hickey said:

    Steve Rhodes is one of the very few genuine journalists in this City. He is brutally honest and fair.

    Abner Mikva is the polar opposite of Steve Rhodes. Mikva likes only what benefits his tiny circle of influential friends. Mikva never notices a Larry Bloom, a Cliff Kelley, or Billy Singer on the grift. Then he gets his high dudgeon on when a Machine Boss smirks at Walter Jacobson’s ‘Perspectives.’

  • Dan Kelley said:

    Abner Mikva tarnished his reform credentials when he accepted a position with President Clinton to run interference for the White House with respect to the numerous scandals surrounding the Little Rock gangsters. Visitors to “The Chicago Daily Observer” web site will have to use the link to read “The Beachwood Reporter” column in its entirety to see how Mikva defended Blagojevich’s integrity without qualification.

    Similarly, Rich Miller of “Capitol Fax” used to exalt Blagojevich as the best Democratic gubernatorial candidate simply because he looked like a winner in 2002. Today, Miller routinely flogs Blago mercilessly while never mentioning that he was a former booster.

  • Reignbeau said:

    Hats off to wohveer wrote this up and posted it.

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