Tuesday, Apr 25, 2006
An Englewood community center founded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a key player on telecommunications legislation, received a $1 million grant from the charitable arm of SBC/AT&T, one of the nation’s largest phone companies.
Â· McSweeney may have goofed:
Republican 8th Congressional District candidate Dave McSweeney put himself in an unusual political position this week. Newly-nominated congressional candidates tend to play it safe politically, staying above the fray in internecine conflicts. Not McSweeney. He waded into the battle over whoâ€™d become the next Lake County Republican Party chairman. McSweeney backed Tom Gooch, the Cuba Township highway commissioner, over Dan Venturi, the Lake Villa Township supervisor. McSweeneyâ€™s guy lost, and McSweeney loses a bit of face as a result. With even House Speaker Dennis Hastert admitting itâ€™ll be an uphill climb against Democratic U.S. Rep. Melissa Bean this fall, McSweeney needs every Republican vote he can get. Risking the ire of Venturi backers definitely did not follow the political playbook. I asked McSweeney Friday to explain the unorthodox move. He said he â€œmade some phone calls forâ€ Gooch. Loyalty, it seems, was the reason. â€œItâ€™s not a question of looking weak, Eric. Tom was one of my original supporters,â€ McSweeney said. â€œHe was there Day One for me.â€