Figures. Crooked Chicago Democrat Wins Nomination After Bribery Bust

Democrats in Illinois held a rally in support of accused bribe-taker Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) who was arrested just last week. Yesterday he won the party’s nomination in Illinois.

Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) leaves the Dirksen Building federal courthouse on March 13, 2012, after he was released on bond, following his arrest for allegedly taking a $7,000 bribe. (CBS)

It doesn’t matter that he’s a crook. He’s got a “D” after his name. That’s all that counts. Yesterday the Illinois Democrat Derrick Smith won his party’s nomination despite the bribery charges hanging over his head.
FOX Chicago reported:

State Representative Derrick Smith, a Chicago Democrat, has won his party’s nomination for the Illinois House even with his arrest on a federal bribery charge.

With 69 percent of precincts counted Tuesday night, Derrick Smith of Chicago had 77 percent of the vote compared to 23 percent for challenger Tom Swiss, a former Republican activist.

Smith, who was appointed to his seat last spring, was charged with bribery last week after federal authorities claimed he accepted $7,000 in exchange for supporting what he thought was a day care center’s state grant application. That breathed new hope into Swiss’ campaign despite significant backing for Smith from House Speaker Michael Madigan’s political arm.

Swiss said Tuesday night he was a victim of low turnout. He said highly motivated Democrats who were wary of Swiss’ GOP past made up the bulk of primary voters.

Smith replaced Annazette Collins, D-Chicago, who filled a vacancy in the Senate. But in that primary race, Collins was losing to Patricia Van Pelt Watkins, 54 percent to 46 percent, with 71 percent of precincts counted in the district on Chicago’s west side.

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  • Sanmon

    Heck they have Rahm as Mayor. Mr Bribe Smith fits right in.

  • bg



    March 21, 2012

    #VetThePrez : It’s Dan Mahru’s turn to sing

    links @ link..


  • jorgen

    What did you expect? This is Obama’s home!

  • TimDC

    Didn’t you get the memo? Blacks don’t commit crimes and don’t care about their (Black) leaders that do.

  • Patty

    Read this yesterday and confuses me that a person with charges such as bribery could be elected to any office. Goes to show, that in the ads and on the side of his opponent they didn’t do much homework. Sounds like another 08 campaign. Hasn’t the republicans learned their lesson yet.

    Your running the first thing you do is see if your opponent was every in prison or charged with anything. Traffic stop, I am talking anything. But this guy was charged with BRIBERY and he is going to be in ANY political office.

    Are our values simply disappeared. This is who we elected to any office. Yes, Yes we can!


  • NeoKong

    They would elect OJ if he was running.

  • ahem

    You guys just don’t understand: in Chicago, you have to have a criminal record in order to run in the first place.

  • Patty

    Nominated but won’t win. Hopefully, Republican opponent can will win in a landslide.

    I just can help but compare this to Nov. Elections. We have some great ammunition against Obama.

  • Patty



  • Odinga

    I am NOT by any stretch of the imagination a so called “birther”, I am however a person who asks legitimate pointed questions.

    This latest revelation From (API) is a legitimate question that MUST be resolved once and for all:

    If this were proven true the entire OweBlameYa residency would be illegitimate; every appointment, every czar, every piece of signed legislation, every command to the military, every international agreement and every treaty.

    This would create the most serious constitutional crisis in the history of the republic, one that could conceivably spark a state of martial law or even a civil war which is why the media obviously fears the answer.

    Biden would not be eligible to run as his vice presidency would also be invalidated rendering John Boehner the legitimate President of The United States.

    Is it really too much to ask for the Federal Courts to DO THEIR DAMN JOB since the media refuses to and render a definitive final answer BEFORE the election!?


  • Ripped

    More proof that the electorate is the biggest threat to freedom that this country will encounter.

  • bg


    Odinga #10 March 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    re: #2 March 21, 2012 at 11:17 am bg

    Full-blown media cover-up of hottest U.S. story

    Family of former terrorist allegedly put ‘foreign-born’ Obama through school

    Democrat sues to boot Obama from ballot

    Alleges he ‘has not established being a
    natural-born citizen, or even a citizen’

    bit more here..


  • Rachelle

    It appears that the Congressional Black Caucus wing of the Democratic party no longer even pretends that it isn’t a bunch of criminals–they seem to embrace the ‘criminal’ label.

  • Ripped

    More proof that the electorate is the biggest threat to freedom that this country faces.

  • if smith is convicted of taking that bribe he will be elected for the rest of his life. this is how you get good people in government.

  • mike in chicago

    obama could get caught in bed with a 12yr old boy and they’d still vote for him.

  • bg


    re: Odinga #10 March 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    re: [kept in the dark]


    if true:

    we were not only out & out LIED to repeatedly, but proffered SWORN
    to mention ALL the others who knowingly & deliberately LIED.. gah!!


  • Mo

    Taking bribes is a feature, not a bug. You write “in spite of the bribery charges”…it’s BECAUSE of the bribery charges.

    Chicago, Cook County, the usual Dem strongholds in northern Illinois have turned that state into a sinkhole. But on a nationwide basis, I hate to say, it’s not limited to the Democrats. They are admittedly much better at graft and corruption, but the entire “ruling class”, as per Angelo Codevilla’s excellent works, cares not one whit about the rest of us, with few exceptions.

    This is one thing that Palin has had right all along. It’s not even about ideology, it comes down to the corruption. I don’t want to make this a Palin thread, but just to bring up the idea that corruption is what is doing this country in. We need small government because it increases freedom and LIMITS corruption. But if the stupid people can’t even vote against a crook like this Smith guy…SHEESH.

  • Freddy

    “In Chicago, if your not part of the problem, your not from around here!”

  • CathyM


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  • Spike

    Voted in by blacks no doubt…

  • Simon Said

    To these people, it’s better to have a black crook than a white saint any day. I hate ILLinois, this liberal rag is the worst state in the union, with Cali and New York coming in a close second and third. Whatever bad stuff happens to that state, these people deserve it 10 fold!

  • squeaky

    [Former Jersey City council candidate argues federal prosecutors targeted her because she’s a Democrat]
    meanwhile diane wilkerson [d – ma] is kicking herself in the brain repository [rear end for the rest of us]…if ma wasn’t so blue maybe she would have given it a shot…

  • democraps suck

    Why does this surprise anyone…a bunch of ghetto thugs voting on color of skin…rather than ethics and issues…rot in hell Chicago dumb a$$es

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