As I told Capitol Fax readers this morning, Gov. Blagojevich is taking hits from both Sen. James Meeks and Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr.
“Power concedes nothing without a demand,” [Meeks] says, quoting Frederick Douglass. “And the African-American constituency, we have not placed a demand on the Democratic Party.”
Meeks cites the $40 million World Shooting Complex in downstate Sparta as an example of a project that received state funds because its supporters are perceived to be swing voters.
“Three hundred million dollars went to Republican pet projects to get their support on the budget,” he says, after offering a blessing over our meals. “Nine million dollars went to a meth clinic in Southern Illinois. But we’ve got crack, cocaine and heroin on the North and West Sides. Where are those clinics?”
And then there’s this…
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. believes Gov. Rod Blagojevich is trying to derail the proposed Peotone airport project.
“He wants to appease Daley,” Jackson said of the governor and Chicago Mayor Richard Daley. “He doesn’t care if the project gets done.”
Jackson, D-Chicago, made his statement Friday at a Herald News editorial board meeting. He also said the governor keeps telling all of the parties vying for control of the airport what they want to hear.
“He’s telling (Senate Majority Leader) Debbie Halvorson one thing. He’s telling (Will County Executive) Larry Walsh one thing. … He’s telling me something else,” Jackson said. “He means to keep everybody fighting so it doesn’t get done.”
Meeks also had another interesting thing to say, by the way.
“You’ll have Judy Baar Topinka, who believes in abortion and gay rights . . . and Rod Blagojevich, who believes in abortion and gay rights,” says Meeks, who opposes both. “Theologically, politically, for the white conservative voter, I’m their guy. I have their philosophy.”
Except that he’s anti-gun, which could be a big issue for the Right if he gets into the race.