Corruption fighter Andy Martin says Republicans should keep Illinois’ governor in office
Republican state senators should not vote to remove Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. Illinois corruption fighter Andy Martin says if Blagojevich is removed, the Daley Machine will raise taxes. “We have a conflict between two corrupt wings of the Democratic Party,” says Martin. “Blago is the lesser of two evils. If you love the 10.25 sales tax in Chicago, you’ll love usurper governor Pat Quinn.”
Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says Illinois Republicans should not vote to remove Governor Rod Blagojevich
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ILLINOIS CORRUPTION FIGHTER ANDY MARTIN SAYS REPUBLICANS SHOULD LET DEMOCRATS DEAL WITH BLAGOJEVICH
IS BLAGO FOLLOWING ANDY MARTIN’S PLAYBOOK, AGAIN?
IS ILLINOIS REPUBLICAN LEADER ANDY MCKENNA A DALEY MACHINE “DOLL?”
(CHICAGO)(January 29, 2009) I can’t say for sure, but Governor Rod Blagojevich must be a reader of ContrarianCommentary.Com. After we announced yesterday we were filing suit for permission to present a defense on his behalf, Blago decided to appear and present a defense. Earlier, we outlined a strategy for him to appoint a replacement U. S. senator. Blago soon started following out playbook. Whether Blago listens to us, or not, today we are preaching to Illinois Republican Senators: Don’t vote to remove Blagojevich.
Illinois Republicans’ own Sasha and Malia doll, Daley machine dupe Andy McKenna, has been trying to raise his own profile by demanding the removal of Blagojevich. Maybe McKenna wants people to forget how he and other Republican leaders promised State Treasurer Judy Topinka a pot of campaign cash to run against Blagojevich if Topinka won the 2006 primary. Topinka eaked out a victory, but McKenna’s millions were directed to subsidizing the Daley machine, not his own party. Topinka lost.
There are a number of obvious reasons why McKenna strategy is going to damage the Republican Party if state senators cast the deciding vote to remove Blago.
First, Democrats can’t remove Blago without Republican votes. So a Republican is going to be the one that casts the decisive vote to remove the governor. Democrats created Blago-the-monster; let them live with their own Frankenstein creation for another two years.
Second, although Blago may be a fool, he is not a complete fool. He has sought to curb the insatiable appetite of the Daley Machine for higher taxes. Republicans should remember Cook County, where we now have a 10.25% sales tax. During Blago’s years, there have not been any statewide tax increases.
If Blago goes, statewide taxes are going to skyrocket. And fast. Taxes are going up with Blago gone for a couple of reasons: Daley wants money to bail out his failed kingdom in Chicago. He can’t squeeze any more out of local taxes, so he wants more state revenue. Blago stands in the way. That is the real reason Blago is being impeached.
Democrats will also raise taxes to discredit the usurper governor Pat Quinn. State House Speaker Michael Madigan wants Quinn out of the way, and Daley will no doubt have his own McKenna-backed stooge for governor. When Daley and Madigan line up, Quinn’s toast.
What better way for low-profile legislators to discredit the interim governor than to stick Quinn with a massive tax increase? No better way. So taxes are going up to feed the Daley-McKenna demand for more revenues, and also to remove Quinn as a credible candidate for reelection. Republican party Chairman Andy McKenna is toeing the Daley Machine party line all the way. That’s why I call McKenna a Daley “doll.”
Mr. Quinn may have his Bible at hand, ready to be sworn in today or tomorrow, but his victory will be Pyrrhic one; Democrats will use him to raise statewide taxes, and then discard him like a used hanky.
So why would Republicans follow a strategy that is going to raise taxes and hurt them at the polls in 2010?
If Blago is not removed, the state will still function within approximately the current revenue stream and expenditure pattern. Not great, but probably better than anything to come after his removal. Quinn is already scheming to rouge up the Democrats as the party of “reform.” The supine Chicago media will buy Quinn’s canard the same way they swallowed-up Blago’s nonsense six years ago.
The odor of hypocrisy in the Illinois General Assembly is asphyxiating. Blago is being impeached for behavior that was the topic of debate in the 2006 election. How can the voters’ judgment on these issues be undone by impeachment, when Daley-McKenna lost at the polls? How?
Again, Blago may be a fool, but he is not a complete fool. His claim that he is being retroactively impeached for matters that were endorsed-at-the-time by state senators is 100% correct. His claim that voters reelected him after being fully apprised of the very misconduct that is now being voted on as “impeachable offenses” is also true. Daley lost control of Blagojevich, giving Daley an incentive to undo the 2006 gubernatorial election. McKenna & Co. betrayed Topinka who was the sacrificial lamb for Blago’s reelection. Now they both want to impeach the governor because the voters agreed with Blago and not with the Daley or the McKennacrats. Talk about being two-faced.
The worst thing Republican senators can do is vote to remove Blago. They will seal their doom in the 2010 election, and every Illinoisan will pay the price in higher taxes.
Andy McKenna? Republicans have lost every election since he took over. McKenna’s father and Andy, Jr./III are spouting the Daley Machine line.
And now you know why Illinois is such a crooked state. Blago may be clinically insane, but he fits in perfectly with the insanely corrupt bipartisan political culture of the state. Once Blago was crazy like a fox. Today he is the fox.
Republican senators should let that Democratic fox roam in the forest until after the 2010 election.
I’m no supporter of Rod Blagojevich. But I am practical enough to see a contest between two competing spheres of corruption, Blago and the Daley Machine. I choose Blago as the lesser evil. Keeping Blago in office will keep Daley and the Democrats off balance and ensure a fairer 2010 gubernatorial election.
Higher taxes, anyone? 10.25% sales tax isn’t high enough? You ain’t seen nuttin’ yet if Blago goes.
Impeachment feels “real good” today. It won’t feel so good when Daley starts taxing Illinoisans to death. Can’t say you weren’t warned.
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