* Journal-Standard editorial…
He misses his family. He’s had to mop floors, wash dishes and scrub toilets. Maybe the work will do him good.
Because while he was governor, he avoided the hard work necessary to help Illinois thrive.
Former Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk testified during the former governor’s trial that Blagojevich often was missing in action, was hard to contact and didn’t seem to care what legislation passed.
Tusk verified what others had observed: Blagojevich had little interest in doing the hard work it takes to lead a state. A Chicago television reporter once camped outside Blagojevich’s bungalow and found the governor rarely left his home except to go jogging.
Political operative Bradley Tusk got into the venture capital game by accident, but he couldn’t have had a better start. In 2011 he agreed to accept shares in a ride-hailing startup in exchange for guiding entrepreneur Travis Kalanick through the maze of New York’s taxi regulations. Those shares of Uber, paid in lieu of Tusk Strategies’ $25,000-a-month fee, are believed to be worth $100 million now. […]
His two-year-old Tusk Ventures is in the midst of closing its first fund, having raised $31 million to invest in businesses in need of help negotiating regulated markets. The fund will also take advantage of opportunities that come along among the 28 companies Tusk Ventures has a stake in. […]
“I was seen as ‘Who is this political guy, and why am I giving him money?’” he recalled. “But people started to realize [that] almost every new company is a tech company, and most new businesses are regulated by government in some way. And entrenched interests don’t just say thank you when they’re disrupted. They punch back. So we’re needed.”
A hundred million bucks. Not bad.