SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
CapitolFax.com
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
20-40 hindsight

Monday, Jul 8, 2013

* AP

Retiring Chicago Alderman Dick Mell reflected Friday on his decades as a player in the city’s old-school machine politics and said one of his only regrets is aiding the rise of son-in-law and former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, now in prison for corruption.

Mell helped Blagojevich make it to Congress in 1996 and later the governor’s mansion, but the two men subsequently had a public falling out that Mell said left a “terrible schism” between himself and his daughter. He said he wished he had done things differently.

With the benefit of hindsight, “I think that he would have probably stayed a state representative,” Mell said of his son-in-law.

Why even go that far? In hindsight, he should’ve been kept out of politics altogether.

- Posted by Rich Miller        


14 Comments
  1. - girllawyer - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 12:06 pm:

    I understand he was a poor excuse of a Cook Co. assistant state’s attorney before he got into politics. Not sure what he was qualified to do.


  2. - Stooges - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 12:07 pm:

    He helped him become governor so he could get something out of the deal. Except Blago forgot that part of the arrangement. Only after Blago burned him did he turn on him.


  3. - Esquire - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 12:58 pm:

    Dick Mell first helped Rod Blagojevich by installing him in the General Assembly. Mell pushed out Representative Myron Kulas after the legislature was redistricted.

    Blagojevich served two terms in Springfield before moving to the US Congress for six years.


  4. - aufjunk - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:04 pm:

    My first thought after reading the “should have stayed a state representative” comment was that Mell was implying that Blago’s behavior as a representative wasn’t all that different from the general run of House members, and that the negative consequences of his actions and the actions of others like him were and are limited by his relatively powerless position as merely one of a group of 118 similarly self-promoting charlatans. If this should happen to be true, then MJM may be the only person in the world who really can herd cats.


  5. - CircularFiringSquad - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:22 pm:

    Why not do what every other father did when they met Blagoof? Toss him down the front steps and lock the door


  6. - siriusly - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:28 pm:

    I think Mell is saying Blago would not have run for higher office without his help. I think Blago was always looking up, Mell shouldn’t blame himself (or give himself credit) for Blago becoming congressman or governor. It really was all Paul Vallas’ fault.


  7. - orzo - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:31 pm:

    Alderman Mell’s Rewrite History tour continues. What he doesn’t deal with is how he knew his son-in-law better than most people when he cynically foisted him on us. He knew he was a slightly goofy, lightweight lawyer who would be far over his head in the legislature, Congress, and the Statehouse. Yet he pushed him, because he knew he (Mell) could benefit from the connection. Allow me to abstain from the current Mell love-fest.


  8. - wordslinger - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:43 pm:

    Mell wanted clout in the governor’s office. When Blago didn’t play ball with him, he was the first to start howling about corruption.

    They deserved each other.


  9. - Buster - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 1:47 pm:

    Rod should have been neutered before he could pass on his genes to future generations.


  10. - Esquire - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 2:51 pm:

    Mell wanted to control the levers of power via his son-in-law. That backfired big time. For all of his political skills, Mell seemed to be mixed up or uninformed as to his own family. Don Corleone he was not.


  11. - Wensicia - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 2:54 pm:

    Mell should have known better than to play a wild card like Blagojevich. They may have deserved each other, but we didn’t deserve the fallout that ensued.


  12. - Abe - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 2:55 pm:

    In hindsight, maybe Dick should have chosen his words a little more carefully when he got jealous of CK and TR. Those comments, true or false got it all started.


  13. - samurai - Monday, Jul 8, 13 @ 3:47 pm:

    Good grief. The articles about Mell lead one to believe that the Holy Savior is leaving us. Good riddance. On your way out, please don’t maneuver some political hack into your aldermanic slot; but then again is there any other Chicago Alderman.


  14. - pornwall - Tuesday, Jul 16, 13 @ 10:29 pm:

    Hi there everyone, it’s my first go to see at this web site, and post is in fact fruitful in support of me, keep up posting these articles.


Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.


* Emptying out my in-box
* Vast Majority of Illinois Voters Support Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency
* Inducement or just a party?
* Question of the day
* UPDATE: $580 MILLION EXELON RATE HIKE?? Do They Really Need a Bailout After Making Nearly $1 BILLION In The Last 90 Days?
* Very late Rauner oppo
* *** UPDATED x2 *** And speaking of abortion...
* GOP defends Rauner on "employer-provided birth control"
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Friday morning fundraising report
* It's not anything new, but that doesn't make it Kosher
* Polling averages, models, projections, etc.
* Today's number: $3.5 million
* Rauner makes "Top 10" robocall list
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Cable TV buy report and a spending update
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* 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

          
        * Underworld: Drug Lords updated with police chases
        * Trent Reznor’s Apple Special Project Is In “The World” Of Music Delivery
        * Unknown 9.2-inch Xiaomi tablet listed on GFX Benchmark
        * Evernote Rolls Out Its New “Work Chat” Feature
        * D&D classic Icewind Dale: Enhanced Edition launched
        * HTC jumps on the quick-charging bandwagon with Rapid Charger 2.0
        * The Week in iPhone Cases: Extreme protection, yet still functional

        * Reboot Your iPhone Before Being Detained by Police to Disable Touch ID
        * Mayday PAC’s Focus on Defeating Michigan Congressman Riles Tech Lobby
        * Wavemon Monitors Your Raspberry Pi's Wi-Fi from the Command Line
        * Hewlett-Packard’s 3-D Printer Is Essentially a Replicator
        * Google is working on “copresence”, which might let Chrome, Android and iOS devices communicate directly
        * Don't Pause! Stops Notifications from Interrupting Your Music
        * The FCC’s “half-pregnant” plan for net neutrality, and why it won’t work

        * White Sox opt to decline Paulino's '15 option
        * White Sox have flexibility to pursue multiple upgrades
        * White Sox offseason plan roundup: Third base
        * Minnie Miñoso belongs in the Hall of Fame
        * Development of young core in '15 can define Chicago's future
        * Abreu leads White Sox GIBBY hopefuls with five noms
        * Allen, Wills among new faces on Hall's Golden Era ballot


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

        Archives
        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


        * How to Get a Government Job in Gov. Pat Quinn's.....
        * Judgment Day: Incumbents are in trouble..
        * NFL looks pro-Republican ahead of midterm elect.....
        * As punctuality plummets, Amtrak confronts freig.....
        * Hotline's 2014 Election Night Cheat Sheet..
        * Chris Christie’s hectic travel schedule..
        * Former Gov. Jim Edgar to campaign with Bruce Ra.....


        * Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune
        * Chicagoan sentenced for robbing, beating 78-yr-old
        * Sun-Times owner sells suburban papers to Tribune
        * Former Northwestern researcher settles fraud suit
        * Off-duty Chicago police officer beaten, robbed
        * AbbVie hikes forecast, tops Street expectations
        * Illinois Dems dig deep to keep governor's office
        * Illinois schools report has host of new features
        * A look at Ebola guidelines in some states
        * 3 die when train strikes SUV in southern Illinois

        * Former Gov. Edgar to campaign with Rauner
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Madigan’s office seeks clarifications from former Topinka nonprofit
        * Cross says no to income tax hike extension, sales tax on services
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take backseat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case
        * Rauner says women will decide governor's race

        * Chicago Marathon champion fails doping test, agent says
        * Since Shire deal collapsed, AbbVie's probably done with mega mergers
        * Mead Johnson stock falls on Danone's China deal
        * Groupon rises on Asia news, 3Q profit
        * Danone's China deal quiets speculation on Mead Johnson buy


        * Garcia: I'm a serious mayoral candidate, not just a protest vote
        * A higher standard of criminal justice
        * Ex-Northwestern doctor to pay $475K to settle fraud claims
        * Sad day  when  Catholic  schools  close
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Chicago bead merchant Ronnie Klein, whose Loop business drew stars, dead at 65
        * Durbin, Oberweis square off for final time
        * State’s attorney investigating alderman’s prize offer to voters
        * Face it: Animator has found a great way to pass time on his commute
        * Refund those unfair yellow-light tickets


        * Cook County Sheriff: Man missing near south suburban forest preserve
        * Wind and snow lead to cancellations and delays at O'Hare
        * Defendant held on $500K bail after Maywood court judge attacked
        * Workers' comp claim against Bears complicates Avellini DUI case
        * Saving Catholic schools has been Cardinal George's personal cause
        * Ex-deputy pleads guilty to more child sex charges
        * Man gets 28 years in robbery, fatal attack on senior
        * Pipe fitters tout Emanuel support with billboard
        * Aviation chief: O'Hare noise problems won't go away
        * 2 students suffer chemical burns at UIC campus


        * Making Buildings Healthier From The Inside Out
        * Scary Story: Planes By Ted Morrissey
        * Listen to State Week - October 31, 2014
        * "Monster Mash" Celebrates Halloween With Classical Music
        * The difficulties of getting voters invested and informed about elections
        * The Study Guide: Top issues in the candidates' own words
        * Ebola Strikes Race For Governor
        * Scary Story: To Have & To Hold By Jessica Hagemann
        * Aldermen skip chance to ask about city’s handling of police commander
        * Aldermen skip chance to ask about city's handling of police commander


        * Former Gov. Edgar to campaign with Rauner
        * Esther Cepeda: Elizabeth Pena: Trailblazer on the big screen
        * Andy Shaw: Voter turnout instrumental to reform
        * Ty Fahner: What if the Court rejects pension reform?
        * Attorney general seeks clarifications from Topinka’s former nonprofit
        * Quote of the Day: Friday, Oct. 31
        * Inmate freed from Jacksonville prison in landmark Illinois case
        * Cross opposes income tax hike extension
        * Gay marriage, abortion issues take back seat in governor’s race
        * Illinois inmate freed in landmark capital punishment case


        * Museum to host Logan Grand Ball
        * Remembering Oscar, Wayne and others
        * Man in custody after Indiana arrest over 2 Champaign robberies
        * The Fit List
        * Tom's Mailbag Oct. 31, 2014
        * JDC raises $6.33M for area charities
        * Arrowhead wants to make you feel at home
        * Sergio McClain welcomes opportunity
        * Who's in the news? Mary Ellen Chamberlin
        * Former Gov. Jim Edgar set for campaign swing with Rauner


        * Judge rules against nurse's quarantine
        * Virgin Galactic spaceship crashes
        * Boys cross country: Schaumburg sectional scouting
        * Girls cross country: Schaumburg sectional scouting
        * Reputed street gang members accused of illegal drug, firearm sales

        * Patrick Cannon defense strategy rare but n...
        * Feds fine Jesse Jackson Jr.'s campaign com...
        * Ex-Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. faces sen...
        * Representative Jan Schakowsky Sends Letter...
        * Rep. candidate pushes to uphold marriage b...
        * Reps. Schakowsky and Waxman Introduce Bill...
        * Statement by Representative Jan Schakowsky...
        * U.S. House Passes Resolution Condemning An...
        * FAA Rejects Call For New O'Hare Noise Stud...
        * Representatives Quigley, Duckworth, Schako...

        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Quinn, Rahm thank Safe Passage workers...
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......
        * Quinn, Rahm thank Safe Passage workers...
        * Oberweis gearing up to take on Durbin in m......

        * If Republicans Take Senate, Why It Won’t Last...
        * Why a GOP Senate could be short-lived...

        * Personal PAC hosts Valerie Plame, focuses on abortion, gay activism, election
        * Anti-American La Raza Promotes Lack of Voter ID requirement in Illinois
        * Ferguson Redux: Chicago Mom...“They Shot Him Five Times, For No Reason, In The Back.”
        * Chicago Chavez Voting Machines
        * Vagina Dialogues: Rauner, Quinn battle in the bedroom as campaign raps up
        * Vagina Dialogues: Rauner, Quinn battle in the bedroom as campaign wraps up
        * AG's Office Asks Former Topinka Non-Profit For More Financial Info
        * Chicago Housing Activists Call On Emanuel To Support 'Keep The Promise' Ordinance
        * Chicago Housing Initiative Protest
        * Halloween parties in the neighborhood.


        * Editorial: Governors, raining taxpayer $ on Illinois
        * Governor Quinn and Mayor Emanuel Thank New Safe Passage Workers - Nearly 700 Additional Workers Hired This Year to Serve 133 Schools, 69,000 Students Across the City
        * Editorial: Rauner best choice as governor to begin to reverse Illinois’ fortunes
        * Quinn to celebrate Rauner’s UI Labs accomplishment
        * Another Democrat Runs Away From Pat Quinn




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