Perfect… IL Dems Rally in Support of Accused Bribe-Taker

Democrats in Illinois held a rally in support of accused bribe-taker Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) who was arrested last week.

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.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported:

In the parks, churches, bowling alleys and VFW halls of Illinois, candidates for president, state supreme court, state representative and every office in-between made their last-minute pitches before Tuesday’s primary elections.

Perhaps the most audacious plea came from West Side Democratic elected officials who urged voters to support an Illinois House member charged with bribery. It looks bad, they acknowledged, but it will prevent the seat from falling into the hands of Republicans.

The rally in support of appointed state Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) featured U.S. Rep. Danny Davis (D-Ill.), three aldermen and a county commissioner and even adopted a catchy moniker: “No defeat or retreat — keep the Dem seat.”

“There’s nothing wrong with being a Republican, except that if people are going to vote for a Republican, they ought to know they’re voting for a Republican,” Davis said, referring to Smith’s Republican-turned-Democrat rival, Tom Swiss.

Smith was arrested last week by federal prosecutors after being secretly recorded while allegedly accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for writing a letter of support for a daycare center seeking a $50,000 state grant.

Gov. Pat Quinn on Saturday tiptoed around Smith’s bribery charge, calling his race against Swiss a “tough call for voters,” but one “they’ll be able to sort out.”

Swiss, the former executive director of the Cook County Republican Party — who is white but uses images of African-Americans on billboards and mailers in this predominantly black district — teed off on his critics: “I think it’s inexcusable that they’re reinforcing the culture of corruption by asking voters to support Derrick Smith, a man that was arrested and caught red-handed for taking a bribe,” Swiss told the Chicago Sun-Times.

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  • OldSailor

    Politics, Chicago style. Perhaps Illinois should consider moving the Legislature from the State House and into a prison wing.

  • Mama Grizzly

    Yes, indeedie . . . . Culture of Corruption continues.

  • smith will be elected in a landslide. being accused of corruption in the inner-city is like being given a lifetime guarantee of re-election. until this changes government in the inner-cities will never be effective.

  • Mama Grizzly

    $28 million.

    But that’s okay Because the O-beast is “a man of the people” don’t ya’ know.

    Animal Farm: “some are more equal than others.”

    Question: how do they come up with $28 million? I mean, how have they come by that much money? And a more pressing concern: does that leave them enough for their golf and vacays?

  • Robert

    $7,000 to write a letter.

    Sounds like a 1%-er to me.

  • democraps suck

    he couldn’t have possibly taken bribes…he is black…his people would never do anything like that… …sarc off.

    typical ghetto trash corruption in Illinois….holder and odumbos people hard at work again

  • bg



    March 17, 2012

    ‘American Idol’: Worship Obama, Not Jesus Christ

    one need not worship Jesus, and one certainly should not worship
    Obama, never mind another whacked out “it’s all about me, myself
    and i” biASSed rock star.. 🙁


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  • Mark Aloha

    Here’s the problem for his constituents: Once he is found guilty, he won’t even be able to vote “Present”

  • Old One

    A charge of!! bribery!!Hee Hee!! That’s resume enhancement for a democrap and in Chicago it guarantees him relection with 199% support from balck revoters and a shot at the White House. He’s been stickin it to the man!!

  • Buffalobob

    It’s not a bribe, it’s reparations.

  • Sven Svenson


    The should be “he be stickin to duh man.”

  • Sandy

    Let me tell you that not all voters in IL are as politically blind as the democrats in Chicago. Most in the rest of the state are sane and certainly don’t support Big Ears. Unfortunately, the downstate voters are held at the mercy of Chicago’s democratic gangs.

  • Danny Davis. Danny Davis? That Danny Davis?? You mean the COMMUNIST Danny Davis???! C’mon Chicago voters, you can do better than that! You can get rid of your COMMUNIST CHAINS!! You can vote this guy down and put not just a Republican in office, but a conservative who will stand in front of these COMMUNISTS, crooks, influence sellers, corrupt politician’s, and worse of all Socialist Democrats who have kept you on Welfare, and Food Stamps ever since you, and your family can remember! You, as a American citizen, can do better than this guy!

    And if you just can’t let go of that Welfare money, somebody else paying taxes for your food that you get for free, and all the illegitimate children if you don’t abort them first, as you can stand! Is that the life you want for yourselves and your kids? And don’t give me that crap about White people have taken all the jobs and the ones you could get White people won’t let you have, bull crap, because that’s what it is……a lie!! You’ve been lied to by people like Danny Davis. He’s given you organizations that made sure you stayed in your place. He’s given you organizations that made sure the state complys with their rulers in Washington to keep you from finding out who they are, and what they are doing to you. They have enslaved you and you don’t even know it. They’ve enslaved you much more than White people ever did, you have to see that. You don’t deserve to still be on the plantation, but there you are standing in the cotton fields of free government cheese, free housing, the projects, and taxpayers money that is paying for the very food you are putting in your mouth!!

  • Bitter Clinger

    @Sandy: You are soooo right. However, we are at the mercy of the Chicago Thuggery. I have no doubt that Blago would be reelected in a landslide were he to be put up as the Dims nominee once he’s out and “rehabilitated”.

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  • Annoyed In Illinois

    The cute little campaign theme? That came from the Jesse Jackson School of Rhyming.

    A decade ago he had pneumonia. The doctors took no X-Rays, did no lab tests, or used no monitoring devices. They knew he was sick because he:

    1) Was too sick to rhyme
    2) Avoided the cameras

  • BillyTex

    There is no black/white issue here. Chicago is the most corrupt city in the most corrupt state in the union. There are silly people among us that thought a president from organized crime central was OK. It was not. It is not. Now, the criminal enterprise has the best mechanism for expansion: the Federal Government.

    Please, let’s stop this organized crime expansion this year. THIS YEAR.

  • P. Aaron

    Corruption is a resume enhancement in Chicago politics & elective office.

  • Shawn

    What a joke. Anyone stupid enough to vote for this guy deserves what they get. RIPPED OFF. SEND this guy to bunk with blaggo.