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* Indicted State Representative-elect Derrick Smith, who was kicked out of the House earlier this year

He told reporters Thursday that he’s going to “let bygones be bygones” so he can focus on the needs of his constituents.

* And

“Today I stand before you as a new man. I’m excited again about representing the people of the 10th district, and I intend to work hard, and work hand-in-hand with those who voted against me and those who worked against me, because that is the best thing to do for the individual constituents of the district,” Smith said.

* His attorney also got into the act

Meantime, [Smith attorney Victor Henderson] framed Smith as a trailblazer in Springfield, and an independent voice standing up to all the legislators who have worked against him.

“There were a lot of ministers who didn’t want Martin Luther King up here in the ’60s because he said he was causing problems. Look what good he did. People wanted Nelson Mandela to be quiet. People wanted Jesus to be quiet,” Henderson said.


posted by Rich Miller
Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:47 pm


  1. The real question is will his caucus “let bygones be bygones”. My guess is a resounding NO.

    Smith is dead in the water but at this point I am not sure what can be done about it. The real losers in this are his constituents but then again they voted him back into office. I guess you get what you deserve.

    Comment by Stones Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:52 pm

  2. Martin Luther King
    Nelson Mandela
    Derrick Smith

    One of these things does not belong with the others…

    Comment by Wensicia Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:53 pm

  3. People also want Victor Henderson to be quiet with his rediculous analogies.

    Comment by OurMagician Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:54 pm

  4. Can one say anything else but wow?

    Comment by Plutocrat03 Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:58 pm

  5. After numerous run-ins with the law, the NBA team in Portland earned the nickname “the JailBlazers.” Just saying.

    And in this context, “Independent” is just a nice word for “No one wants anything to do with me.”

    Comment by Ron Burgundy Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 12:58 pm

  6. Does the attorney get paid by the superlative? Jesus = Derrick…?

    Comment by Commonsense in Illinois Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:03 pm

  7. Now we wait for the criminal justice system to deal with him. Of course, if he can’t keep his hand out of the cookie jar, then perhaps he will do it again and give a new reason to be removed. Is kleptomania addictive?

    Comment by jake Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:08 pm

  8. Why can’t he just be expelled again?

    Comment by maddem Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:10 pm

  9. Is there is a special place in hell for lawyers who lie like this? Hope springs eternal…

    Comment by Loop Lady Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:12 pm

  10. The System™ Works!

    – MrJM

    Comment by MrJM Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:17 pm

  11. Well, we all know what happened to MLK and Jesus. And Mandela spent about 27 years on Robben Island.

    Comment by wordslinger Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:19 pm

  12. If Henderson doesn’t think Smith should be quiet, he should advise him to explain what in the hell he was talking about on the tape recording of the alleged payoff.

    Comment by Mark Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:23 pm

  13. “Why can’t he just be expelled again?”

    Did it once, can’t toss him out again for the same office they say. You will have to wait for a conviction.

    Comment by Plutocrat03 Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:25 pm

  14. Why would a conviction entail expulsion?

    Comment by Fight for Chicago Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:27 pm

  15. People wanted Jesus to be quiet,” Henderson said.

    What would Jesus do? Certainly not take a $7,000 bribe. This guy and his attorney should be run out of Illinois,

    Comment by downstate hack Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:29 pm

  16. Identity politics. You reap what you sow. Smith, 3J, nationally…..

    Comment by The Southern Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:42 pm

  17. Henderson should be careful. AA recalls that Roland Burris trademarked the word “Trailblazer” about the time it was chiseled into the Mausoleum.

    Comment by Arthur Andersen Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:47 pm

  18. Hmmmm. If the Democratic Party leadership dropped well over a half million dollars into this race and carpet bombed it with mailings, it could have muted criticism. But it was more important to rid Illinois of the likes of Sid Mathias and Skip Saviano and keep this ethically challenged fellow?

    Give. Me. A. Break!

    Comment by Louis G. Atsaves Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:52 pm

  19. Illinois is quite the example of political corruption. It is time to clean up and toss out all those persons with similar issues. I must say it must apply equally to all political parties.

    Comment by King Pin Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 1:53 pm

  20. Smith has been to the mountaintop. He was mining it for gold.

    Comment by Boone Logan Square Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 2:25 pm

  21. “They didn’t catch me doing nothing man.”

    Comment by 47th Ward Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 2:34 pm

  22. Mister Representative, I know Jesus & you’re no Jesus!

    Comment by WhoKnew Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 3:06 pm

  23. Is Derrick Smith in Jackson’s district?

    Comment by Capitol View Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 3:30 pm

  24. Very VERY Blagojevichian for him to say that isn’t it? Although it’s his attorney and not himself, but still, if walks like a duck and quotes like a duck . . .

    Comment by What planet is he from? Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 3:52 pm

  25. “Meantime, [Smith attorney Victor Henderson] framed Smith as a trailblazer in Springfield, and an independent voice standing up to all the legislators who have worked against him.”
    What was his independent voice? “Just keep it in the envelope?”

    Comment by Lobo y Olla Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 4:06 pm

  26. You get the government you deserve.

    Comment by Hacks Thursday, Nov 8, 12 @ 5:17 pm

  27. Jesus was persecuted for doing the right thing and speaking out against corruption. Martin Luther King and Nelson Mendela spoke out against human rights violations. Hmmm, what about Smith. He is being persecuted for “allegedly” taking a bribe. Well that would be corruption, and if he is guilty, he should be persecuted. He is the one who supposedly violated the law. No human rights violations there. By making these comparisons, his lawyer makes him look even smaller, and more foolish. There is no comparison.

    Comment by KurtInSpringfield Friday, Nov 9, 12 @ 7:40 am

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