SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
The stain on the Democrats’ big night

Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012

* The Democrats won more races yesterday than they thought they would, many by a larger amount than they ever dreamed possible. Yet, there was this

Former state Democratic Rep. Derrick Smith, booted from his House seat in August because of a federal bribery charge, won back his post with 62 percent of the vote over a candidate the Democrats wanted to replace him.

The Illinois Constitution precludes kicking Smith out more than once for the same offense.

Smith has pleaded not guilty to an allegation that he accepted a $7,000 bribe in exchange for political support in favor of a grant application. Although expelled from the House, he refused to leave the ballot and easily defeated the Democrats’ pick, 10th District Unity candidate Lance Tyson, who has worked for former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger.

“No one’s really talking about it, and they’re just saying, ‘You’re innocent until proven guilty,’” Smith said during a visit to a west-side Chicago polling place. “I’ve been talking to my lawyer continually to try to expedite it so I can clear my name.”

The Illinois Constitution prohibits the House from kicking Smith out again for the same reason. So, they can either come up with another reason or just let him sit there until he’s either convicted or acquitted.

And then there’s Secretary of State Jesse White, who had Smith appointed to the House and then failed to implement any sort of early plan to defeat Smith at the polls. The Lance Tyson campaign simply didn’t get off the ground early enough. Maybe it would’ve never worked. It’s very possible, even probable, that Tyson was doomed from the start. But the slapdash, late-entry nature of his campaign didn’t do him any favors. White is a ward guy. He should’ve known that this would take time to put together.

And there’s Speaker Madigan, who didn’t do much, if anything, to help Tyson.

* The biggest culprit here is Smith, of course. Nobody else can be blamed for his arrest and indictment for allegedly accepting a cash bribe. White didn’t know that Smith would go on the take. Neither did Madigan.

Smith becomes the second House member in a century to be kicked out of the chamber, only to win the seat back in an election. When Rod Blagojevich was impeached and then convicted and removed, the Constitution forbade him from ever running again for state office. I’d hate to change a Constitution just because of one bad guy, and the last person to reclaim his seat was booted for purely political reasons, so there’s that.

So, I guess I’m wondering what your thoughts are today.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


26 Comments
  1. - shore - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:18 am:

    How many seats have Democrats lost to corruption issues the last 4 years? I think people don’t like it, but mostly don’t care.


  2. - Just Me - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:21 am:

    I’m waiting to see if Secretary White, who got Smith appointed to the seat in the first place, will refuse to sign his papers via Roland-Burris-appointment-nightmare. White even has to do the swearing-in ceremony for crying out loud!

    I also wonder how this impacts White’s re-election. Is he really so popular that he can’t be connected to this national embarrassment?


  3. - ILPundit - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:21 am:

    I think team Jesse, never a group known to set the world on fire, has grown way too complacent. They better hope they don’t draw an aggressive, well funded opponent in 2014. I think they would struggle under the weight of a real challenge.


  4. - Cheryl44 - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:26 am:

    I don’t care. He won’t be seated, someone will replace him.


  5. - amalia - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:26 am:

    A campaign begins and ends with the candidate. While these kinds of races are certainly difficult, happy happy joy joy doesn’t cut it.


  6. - OneMan - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:27 am:

    How can they avoid seating him?


  7. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:31 am:

    How do other states handle this? Illinois can’t be the only one with this problem. Maybe since it happens only every hundred years or so, we should just leave it alone but it would be useful to find out if other states’ constitutions address it.


  8. - Precinct Captain - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:31 am:

    Yes, Derrick Smith was elected as a Democrat, but can’t Democrats just expel him from their caucus?


  9. - Will Caskey - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:32 am:

    Meh. If it’s that big a deal and he’s still around next primary, primary him. Otherwise voters want things, get them, film at 11.


  10. - John A Logan - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:34 am:

    I really is not a stain on the night. It actually should be something celebrated by democrats. The ultimate sign of the strength of the democratic brand in Illinois.


  11. - Stones - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:36 am:

    I wouldn’t want the seat next to him! Awkward!


  12. - On the real - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:42 am:

    Maybe if Lance Tyson’s campaign manager hadnt left for Paris 2 weeks before the election things might have been different.


  13. - Just Observing - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:46 am:

    === I wouldn’t want the seat next to him! Awkward! ===

    Yep. A couple weeks ago I asked a State Rep if its going to be awkward if Smith returns — they answer was a resounding yes.


  14. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:46 am:

    Of course I don’t know what discussions the speaker has had with Rep. Smith, but the on-paper Dem super majority in the House might find some jeopardy if Rep. Smith holds a grudge. He might be Gov. Quinn’s new best ally when it comes to vetoes.


  15. - On the real - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:48 am:

    Jesse White’s organization is so thin that they’ll probably nominate Walter Burnett’s wife Darlena to run in 2014.


  16. - Rudy - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:50 am:

    It could be that some district voters were casting a vote against the feds and their entrapment schemes.


  17. - mr. whipple - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 11:50 am:

    I believe Madigan can get rid of Smith if the US Atty will file a new charge or two. They can’t kick him out based on the old charges, but they could on new ones.

    But, if the opportunity presents itself, do they have the intestinal fortitude to do so?


  18. - Michelle Flaherty - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 12:14 pm:

    – He might be Gov. Quinn’s new best ally when it comes to vetoes. –

    Just his luck, Quinn’s got a proven record of being able to work with people under federal investigation.


  19. - Anonymous - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 12:30 pm:

    “….being able to work with people under federal investigation.”

    It’s called conditioning.


  20. - Arthur Andersen - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 1:17 pm:

    The superseding indictment on different charges is a clever idea. Unfortunately, no AUSA in that offica would ever do anything that would be seen as cooperating with politicians.
    Fuggedaboudit.


  21. - Skeeter - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 1:18 pm:

    The other stain is the Cook County Dems urging a yes vote on Judge Cynthia Brim.

    I hope she gets the help she seems to need but the idea that the Cook County Democratic Party recommended retaining her, and the voters did so, is about all you need to know about the way we choose judges.


  22. - Hacks - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 1:41 pm:

    I don’t think Jesse White wanted to spend the money necessary. He knows what it would take in the wards, but didn’t want to spend the money on the necessary manpower.

    I don’t think Madigan cares. Smith will vote exactly the way he wants.


  23. - Cheswick - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 1:47 pm:

    Sorry if I’m stepping on delicate toes here, but the real stain is the premature ejection of Smith by the House.


  24. - amalia - Wednesday, Nov 7, 12 @ 2:44 pm:

    @ On the Real…Paris, Illinois? Texas? ;-) unfreakin’believeable.


  25. - Yellow Dog Democrat - Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 7:37 am:

    Cheswick is correct. Tom Cross foolishly ignored the double jeopardy issue in pursuit of a press release.

    Thanks to Cross, the General Assembly’s hands are now tied.

    Perhaps that’s as it should be.


  26. - JakeCP - Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 7:42 am:

    Democrats are getting in the way of Democrats. Jesse White and CO. are finally discovering the problem with the mindset of Chicago Voters. They’ve been encouraged to only vote straight Democratic Ballots. There are many staunch Dems in Smith’s district. Many voters probably didn’t pay attention to the race and thought ” He’s a Democrat, connect the arrow”. I think it’s quite humorous.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Gonna be a light day here
* No details except for a new hole
* Frerichs to Simon: No thanks
* Yesterday's blog posts

Support CapitolFax.com
Visit our advertisers...

...............

...............

...............

...............

...............


Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

          
        * Open Garden Raises $10.8M Series A Round To Double Down On Its Off-Grid FireChat Messenger
        * Bulkypix celebrates 6 years, offers 16 premium games for free
        * Calling all selfie lovers: Romancing India with Lumia 535
        * LoopPay CardCase review: The best mobile payments system aside from Apple Pay
        * Inbox by Gmail now with better Android Wear, tablet support
        * Editor’s Picks: Our favorite cases for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
        * The Blu Studio 7.0 is a budget-friendly 7-inch smartphone

        * PiKit Modular Robot ‘Sees’ And ‘Hears’
        * Future GTA 5 Updates Might Not Be Available On Older Consoles
        * Off-the-Grid Messaging App Maker Open Garden Raises $10.8 Million From August Capital, Others
        * The Most Hirable and Sought After Job Skills This Year
        * Nokia Cited To Halt HERE Maps Suite Development For Lumia Devices
        * LG G3 In India Receives Android 5.0 Lollipop Update
        * Valve Initiates Steam Region Locking To Stop Low Currency Game Purchase Exploits

        * ZiPS projections underscore White Sox's riskiest bets
        * AL Central looking like one powerhouse division
        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * White Sox offseason momentum transfers to fans
        * Samardzija, Lester are right fits in Windy City
        * White Sox unveil Samardzija, Robertson, Melky

        ...............


        Main Menu
        Home
        Illinois
        YouTube
        Pundit rankings
        Obama
        Subscriber Content
        Durbin
        Burris
        Blagojevich Trial
        Advertising
        Updated Posts
        Polls

        Archives
        December 2014
        November 2014
        October 2014
        September 2014
        August 2014
        July 2014
        June 2014
        May 2014
        April 2014
        March 2014
        February 2014
        January 2014
        December 2013
        November 2013
        October 2013
        September 2013
        August 2013
        July 2013
        June 2013
        May 2013
        April 2013
        March 2013
        February 2013
        January 2013
        December 2012
        November 2012
        October 2012
        September 2012
        August 2012
        July 2012
        June 2012
        May 2012
        April 2012
        March 2012
        February 2012
        January 2012
        December 2011
        November 2011
        October 2011
        September 2011
        August 2011
        July 2011
        June 2011
        May 2011
        April 2011
        March 2011
        February 2011
        January 2011
        December 2010
        November 2010
        October 2010
        September 2010
        August 2010
        July 2010
        June 2010
        May 2010
        April 2010
        March 2010
        February 2010
        January 2010
        December 2009
        November 2009
        October 2009
        September 2009
        August 2009
        July 2009
        June 2009
        May 2009
        April 2009
        March 2009
        February 2009
        January 2009
        December 2008
        November 2008
        October 2008
        September 2008
        August 2008
        July 2008
        June 2008
        May 2008
        April 2008
        March 2008
        February 2008
        January 2008
        December 2007
        November 2007
        October 2007
        September 2007
        August 2007
        July 2007
        June 2007
        May 2007
        April 2007
        March 2007
        February 2007
        January 2007
        December 2006
        November 2006
        October 2006
        September 2006
        August 2006
        July 2006
        June 2006
        May 2006
        April 2006
        March 2006
        February 2006
        January 2006
        December 2005
        April 2005
        March 2005
        February 2005
        January 2005
        December 2004
        November 2004
        October 2004

        Blog*Spot Archives
        November 2005
        October 2005
        September 2005
        August 2005
        July 2005
        June 2005
        May 2005

        Syndication

        RSS Feed 2.0
        Comments RSS 2.0
        WordPress

        Loading


        * Some Rauner Plans Still A Mystery..
        * BGA Cautiously Optimistic..


        * APNewsBreak: Judge rejects NCAA concussions deal
        * Video game developer to open studio in New Orleans
        * U. of Illinois to sexual assault group starts work
        * Durbin: US, Cuba diplomatic ties 'long overdue'
        * Official: Convicted killer slain in Illinois prison
        * Topinka remembered as honest, tough at memorial
        * Senate approves NATO-trial prosecutor for US bench
        * New trial linked to disgraced judge gets underway
        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles

        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants
        * Topinka remembered as tough, honest leader at memorial service
        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Memorial service for Topinka begins in suburban Chicago
        * Police use vacant Jacksonville site to train for worst-case scenarios
        * State-grant fraud case in hands of federal jury
        * Gov.-elect Rauner says some agency directors may stay
        * Attorney blames couple's bookkeeper in state grant fraud case
        * Attorney general: Quinn, Rauner each should name comptrollers, then voters choose in 2016
        * Prosecutor: Chicago couple bought cars, paid son’s mortgage with grant money

        * State crackdown on power suppliers ensnares New York firm
        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants
        * Durbin: US, Cuba diplomatic ties 'long overdue'
        * Chicago couple's $3.4 million fraud case now in jury's hands
        * Treasuries drop as Yellen says Fed is on pace to raise rates


        * Fire Chicago cop with rap sheet, Supt. Garry McCarthy urges
        * Emanuel halts private parking on city lots near United Center
        * Durbin, Kirk split on Obama’s shift on Cuba policy
        * Unions may win  HOLLOW victory with pension suit
        * time for new course in Cuba
        * CPS move may have cost more than estimated
        * Unions may win Pyrrhic victory with pension suit
        * Chicago couple found guilty of stealing millions in state grants
        * Chicago Cubans cautious yet hopeful about historic policy shift
        * After 50 years, time for a new course in Cuba


        * Four similar commercial burglaries hit Irving Park, Mayfair
        * Police search for missing Bridgeport man
        * Man stabbed in Hermosa
        * 1 killed, 13 others wounded in shootings, including man, 18, hurt near park
        * Man found in South Side home was shot to death
        * Man arrested in 2 downtown bank robberies
        * 2 found dead in South Side home
        * Father of 3 shot to death on way home from work
        * Jury finds Chicago couple guilty in grant scam case with ties to Obama friend Whitaker
        * CPS school for special-needs kids needs full-time nurse, alderman says


        * Illinois Republican: Cuba Agreement "Good First Step"
        * Obama: US re-establishing relations with Cuba
        * Obama re-establishing US relations with Cuba
        * Sangamon Auditorium: Beware Second Party Ticket Brokers
        * Real-estate developer in hot area sees bright future — and displacement
        * Worries rise in Russia as ruble falls
        * Rauner Named Nation's Most Influential Pension Figure
        * Recent incidents cast doubt on Hammond police accountability, critics say
        * Report details big problems at Illinois prison for women; state says it's safe
        * Chicago 'petcoke' handler says it'll enclose piles


        * Bernard Schoenburg: Schmidt considers challenging Sgro for park board president
        * Brian Sauder: Faithful decisions for the holidays
        * Eugene Robinson: The price of being hacked
        * George Will: A Texas-sized license plate dispute
        * Quote of the day: Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014
        * Chicago couple convicted of stealing state grants
        * Topinka remembered as tough, honest leader at memorial service
        * Illinois employers reminded of income-tax rollback
        * Quote of the day: Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014
        * Police use vacant Jacksonville site to train for worst-case scenarios


        * Area Calendar 12/18/14
        * Illinois traffic deaths down in 2014
        * Top of the Morning, Dec. 18, 2014
        * End of the road for Jay Cutler? Bears to bench veteran quarterback
        * Sony cancels 'The Interview' Dec. 25 release
        * Bettendorf Middle School forced to rekey classrooms after break-in
        * No snow expected today for Q-C
        * Ceremony will honor homeless Quad-Citians who died in 2014
        * Obama commutes Muscatine woman's drug sentence
        * IC falls to St. Norbert


        * Dawn Patrol: Suburban Cuban-Americans hope to renew family ties; Bears bench Cutler
        * Larkin presses on, dumps Batavia
        * WW South coach Todd remembered as 'a great guy'
        * Addison Trail makes it 2 for 2 in tournament crowns
        * Girls bowling scoreboard: Wednesday's results

        * Bost Readies to Join Congress
        * Video Of GOP Lawmaker's Meltdown Resurface...
        * Bost in DC, Enyart postpones return
        * 8 things new members of Congress definitel...
        * Lawmakers Give Advice to New Members of Co...
        * Obama: 'I've got to take responsibility" f...
        * Bost Upsets Enyart In Metro-East Congressi...
        * Bost unseats Enyart in Ill. District 12
        * Huge win for GOP in Illinois Congressional...
        * The Ridiculously Long List Of Best Podcast...

        * Reaction to release of Alan Gross, future ......
        * Galesburg veterans facility named in honor......
        * Durbin: US, Cuba diplomatic ties ‘long ove......

        * Galesburg VA clinic renamed after Lane Evans...
        * Why is he so upset? Because of the secret ......
        * Senate Confirms Vivek Murthy As Surgeon Ge......

        * Need Higher education Tips? It’s Found In This Report
        * Baseball ‘kids’ don’t live in Chicago? Why did complaints take so long?
        * Business School?
        * For Our Fallen Vigil In Chicago
        * Demands For Reparations Increase For Those Tortured Under CPD's Jon Burge
        * Memorial For Chicago Police Torture Survivors
        * Chicagoans Hold Vigil For Victims Of Violence And Police Brutality
        * How does one get to become neighborhood of the year?
        * A Thought For The Day...
        * Chicago Group Wants Quinn To Veto Eavesdropping Measure


        * Illinois Observes National Impaired Driving Prevention Month - December designated to educate communities about the numerous risks associated with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
        * The Illinois Office Of The State Fire Marshal Promotes Fire Safety During The Holiday Season - Christmas Trees and Decorations Could Pose Risks of Fires
        * Honoring Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka
        * Honoring Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka - United States and Illinois flags at half-staff immediately until Sunset, Thursday, December 11, 2014.
        * Governor Quinn Statement on the Passing of Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka




            Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller