Thursday, September 23, 2010

Raghuveer Nayak and Alexi Giannoulias

The NYT profile on Mr Nayak from a few years ago. I got swept in the bikini pics instead of reviewing Mr Nayak's record. Ever vigilant reader "anon" set me straight. What's already known since 2008 but worth rereading today.
They also say that one of Mr. Obama’s close friends, Alexi Giannoulias, the Illinois state treasurer, showed Mr. Nayak’s teenage son around New Hampshire at the time of the presidential primary early this year.
His [Nayak's] surgical centers are meant to offer a cheaper alternative to hospital procedures, and critics have suggested he might have used his political connections in securing locations for some of them. State records show he also once owned part of a drug-testing laboratory that had millions of dollars in state public aid contracts.
Mr. Nayak has also made political donations to Pat Quinn, the Illinois lieutenant governor, who would become governor if Mr. Blagojevich resigns, and the state’s attorney general, Lisa Madigan, who is leading the fight to oust Mr. Blagojevich.

Mr. Nayak’s surgical company also gave $12,000 to Mr. Giannoulias’s campaign for state treasurer. Mr. Giannoulias and Mr. Obama play basketball together, and a spokesman for Mr. Obama confirmed Sunday that Mr. Giannoulias had shown Mr. Nayak’s son, who was a high school volunteer for Mr. Obama during the presidential race, around New Hampshire in January.

By then, others say, Mr. Nayak and other Indian-American leaders were vacillating between whether they wanted Mr. Obama or Mrs. Clinton to win the Democratic nomination. And in the general election, Mr. Nayak and his wife hedged their bets with their donations to Mr. McCain.
Imagine what Obamacare will be like. It'll be run just like Illinois with guys like Nayak kicking dough all over to politicans.

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