More on the governor’s “mystery debt”
Wednesday, Aug 2, 2006
The AP ran a pretty standard story on the subject.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s re-election campaign wouldn’t say Tuesday whether its huge legal bills during the first half of the year stem from criminal investigations of the administration’s hiring practices.
The Tribune reminded us that before the governor’s campaign clammed up, it did discuss the fees back in February.
In February, when the campaign reported spending about $40,000 in legal fees, campaign aides acknowledged that the money in part covered legal work for the federal and state probes.
Here’s a great quote:
“The money was spent to make sure we were doing everything right,” Nix said. “I’m not going into any more detail than that.”
The Daily Herald leads with the Ryan stuff.
Four years ago, Rod Blagojevich won the governorâ€™s race with a strategy that largely relied on connecting his Republican rival to scandal-plagued Gov. George Ryan.
But turns it back on Topinka.
The situation illustrates the political problems Topinka and almost any other Republican has in trying to play the â€œRyan cardâ€ for political gain. Ryan, the former speaker of the Illinois House, lieutenant governor, secretary of state and one-term governor, was immensely popular within many political circles and helped numerous candidates before being tainted by scandal late in his tenure.
And OneMan calculates that to spend $722,000 since December at $500 an hour works out to…
…on average about 206 partner hours a month or 6.8 hours a day for each day of a 31 day month.