Wednesday, August 25, 2010

CPSIA - Illinois Politics in the Gutter

742 days have passed since ANY Democrat in Congress did ANYTHING to help us on the CPSIA. There are 69 days left until Election Day.

After two years of banging my head against the wall on the CPSIA, it has become clear that much of the problem is in Congressional leaders from two states, California (Waxman, Boxer, Feinstein) and Illinois (Durbin, Rush, Schakowsky). [I hope I'm not forgetting any other "worthies".] I live in Illinois. The fact that our state is part of this disaster is no surprise. I get to follow the local political goings-on in the paper and on the Internet. Of course, people talk, too. We sure know how to pick 'em in Illinois . . . .

I think it's well-known that I am not a big fan of Ms. Schakowsky for her cheerleading for the noxious CPSIA and her leadership of the gang that stymied any effort to fix that awful law and its regulatory by-products. And it's hard not to be utterly disgusted by her legislative agenda, which earned her the rank of NUMBER ONE SPENDER IN CONGRESS and which has been a job-killer of the first order. She provides many reasons to dislike her passionately . . . but did you also know that her husband is a FELON? As a lawyer, I have very little sympathy for felons. One never becomes a felon by accident. [As a matter of fact, the prospect of being accused of a felony under the CPSIA is one of my hottest "hot buttons" as I deeply resent that our government could make something that inappropriate possible under federal law.]

Yes, in fact, Schakowsky's husband is a crook. Robert Creamer was convicted of financial crimes in 2005 (check kiting and tax evasion, a $2.3 million fraud committed against nine financial institutions to fund his salary, among other things) while Schakowsky was a sitting member of Congress, served five months in the pokey for his felonies and then was placed under house arrest with his member of Congress spouse for 11 months. Perhaps you think this is some sort of Illinois sitcom or perhaps a new kind of reality show. Here is Creamer's jail release record, if you are curious.

Creamer's criminal record is absent from his bio, interestingly enough. Anyone shocked to learn that Creamer was an important advisor to our very own Governor Blagojevich, a fellow felon? Creamer has quite a business going as a political consultant - Democrats from all over the country clamor for his help. Hmmm.

And the Illinois sewer continues to spew to this very day. Mr. Creamer, who was a critical thought leader and trainer for the 2008 Obama campaign (Obama is another Illinoisan with a CPSIA taint), is now apparently part of Democrat Alexi Giannoulias' campaign for Senate against Mark Kirk. Here's a still of Alexi Giannoulias posing with Mr. Creamer:

Also conversing with Mssrs. Giannoulias and Creamer is lobbyist Larry Suffredin. Here's what Wikipedia says about his lobbying practice: "Suffredin is a registered lobbyist with Cook County, the City of Chicago, and the State of Illinois. Suffredin lobbyist clients include resort and casino company MGM Mirage, owners of the Grand Victoria Casino in Elgin, Illinois, and Penn National Gaming, owners of the Hollywood Casino, Aurora, Illinois, the Illinois Alliance of Competitive Telephone Companies, the Donors Forum of Chicago, the Illinois Arts Alliance, and Illinois Citizens for Handgun Control, the Chicago Bar Association, and Kankakee Regional Landfill LLC. He is also a registered lobbyist for Abbott Laboratories, Nursepower Services Corporation, and Quest Diagnostics."

I assume the three of them were discussing the weather. "Pretty sunny out today, Bob." "Larry, did you see that rain cloud as you drove in?" "Alexi, surely it won't rain on your parade!"

This still is from a Giannoulias campaign video pitching an endorsement by Jan Schakowsky. Perhaps there are a few dots to connect here. . . . Giannoulias chats with Creamer at the 1:45 point in the video, check it out yourself:

An Illinois Senatorial candidate hanging out with a felon who stole from banks? Hey, isn't that practically the very question that dogs Giannoulias in this campaign? How ironic! And then there's the issue of members of Congress who consort with thieves. This is even more ironic given the Dems' practice this year of viciously bashing banks and bank bailouts. Perhaps defrauding banks is okay, but keeping them afloat is not. Is there an odor in the room???

What integrity! How inspiring! Can't wait to vote . . . .


bchiasson said...

Now I know moving to Wisconsin is the right move. Thanks for the investigative reporting, Rick. This state is the laughingstock of the nation. Just check out Monday's "Daily Show" interview with Rod Blagojevich for proof. Pass the Cheez Whiz, please.

sassypackrat said...

I'm embarrassed to tell people I live in Illinois. Sigh!

Rick Woldenberg, Chairman - Learning Resources Inc. said...

I think it would be interesting to know the exact date that Creamer began working for Obama on his 2008 campaign. Was he still on house arrest? Would Obama actually put a felon in charge of important functions of his campaign while the guy was still serving his sentence? Well, it is Illinois . . . . I'd love to have that date for my low-points-in-Illinois-politics collection.

Jim Woldenberg said...

Why the defeatist attitudes? The right thing is to organize, make sure people are educated, vote, get your friends and neighbors to vote and TOSS THEM ALL OUT!!