* Besides the fact that the Speaker couldn’t “easily” have replaced Rep. Derrick Smith since there is no legal way to force him off the ballot, I’m not sure what Kass is really getting at here…
If you want to know how cynical and corrupt Illinois politics has become, you should focus on Springfield today.
Because there in the state Legislature, Chicago machine Democrats and their feeble Republican enablers will put on a thrilling anti-corruption show.
They will beat their breasts and make solemn vows about the public trust, they will talk about honest service, and when they’re finished, they will expel one of their own, state Rep. Derrick “Leave It in the Envelope” Smith, the West Side Democrat. […]
The very next day after the primary, Democrats called on Smith to step down. Madigan could have replaced him easily. But Smith declined. So the hearings were held, and speeches were made, and now the Legislature will dump him. Democrats have already lined up a friendly third-party candidate. But once Smith is booted, he’ll need a paycheck, and maybe they’ll find him one if he agrees to withdraw his name from the ballot in November. […]
Democrats weren’t the only ones making speeches. The Republicans were equally noisy, making grand sweeping gestures with their hands, raising their voices, talking tough but helping Madigan do the heavy lifting.
He says elsewhere in his column that this is relatively low-level stuff, but allegedly soliciting and receiving a cash bribe ain’t so low level. He also talks about the big guys going about their business while the little fish are caught, but isn’t that really just an indictment of the US Attorney and the FBI?
The big question I have is does he really think that the Republicans aren’t supposed to help remove Smith from office today?
Do I have that one right?
* You can follow today’s Smith expulsion session by clicking here.
* House could oust Rep. Smith over bribery charges Friday
* State Representative Faces Expulsion Vote Friday
* Lawmaker could be expelled today, but remains on ballot