Saturday, September 06, 2008

Daley on Obama and Chicago's Machine

via NPR, HT Beachwood Reporter:
It started last night, when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani used his speech at the Republican National Convention to ridicule Obama's biography.

GIULIANI: He worked as a community organizer. He immersed himself in Chicago machine politics.

Daley, whose career grew within Chicago's Democratic Party, had this reaction:

DALEY: I don't know where we get this, this idea that there's a big Democratic machine going on. Chicago and the metropolitan area is very Democratic and the state is. There's no, this machine. I thought it was laughable.
I wonder if Robert Sorich is laughing. Photo above and quote below per NYT,
Led by the office of Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney here and also the special prosecutor in the C.I.A. leak case in Washington, prosecutors attacked what they called a "corrupt clout machine" that orchestrated a fraud in city hiring and promotions.

"I think what we saw in this case was the revealing of the Chicago machine, the inner workings of the Chicago machine," said S. Jay Olshansky, the jury foreman. "There clearly is one. It has been in existence for quite some time."

Mr. Olshansky said he had been appalled to learn how city hiring worked.

The convictions have left many people wondering how much closer to Mayor Richard M. Daley a federal investigation that has been rising up the ranks of City Hall might go, and what consequences it could have as he faces re-election for a fifth term next year.

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