2020 has modified the world in myriad methods. One factor that may by no means change: turkeys in politics, outlined by chicanery, corruption and cluelessness.
As the vacation fades away and also you benefit from the remaining leftovers out of your grand feast, be enlightened by my picks for Turkeys of the 12 months.
Turkey No. 5
Rod Blagojevich. I used to be trying ahead to the disgraced former Illinois governor’s launch from jail. In February, he was sprung early from his 14-year sentence on a 17-count federal corruption conviction, courtesy of a commutation from his previous “The Apprentice” buddy, President Donald J. Trump.
I used to be keen to listen to a rehabilitated Blago share the knowledge he gleaned in his incarceration, how he had discovered the worth of humility and the teachings of his error-filled methods.
As an alternative, he hogged the limelight, hit the airwaves; launched a podcast; and spoke at rallies to defend Trump and his ilk.
The one factor he certainly received’t do: admit he ever did something incorrect.
Turkey No. 4
Willie Wilson, the uber-successful Chicago businessman, rose from poverty to personal a number of McDonald’s franchises and a profitable medical provide enterprise and to provide thousands and thousands to charity.
But he can’t get elected. He has chalked up failed bids for president, mayor (twice) and U.S. senator.
This yr, Wilson challenged Dick Durbin, Illinois’ senior senator and the Democratic U.S. Senate whip. Wilson’s actual aim: to formally set up, humbly, the Willie Wilson Social gathering. He wanted 5 p.c of the vote to do this. He received 4 p.c.
His marketing campaign spokesman urged, with no proof, that “there was one thing incorrect with the numbers.” Who does that remind you of?
Turkey No. 3
Illinois State Sen. Jim Oberweis declared he was the winner in his Nov. 3 problem to U.S. Rep. Lauren Underwood in Illinois’ 14th Congressional District. Then he flew to Washington, D.C., to attend an orientation for brand new members of Congress.
The Related Press has referred to as the race for Underwood; its current unofficial rely has her forward by greater than 5,377 votes.
Irrespective of. Oberweis, one other perennial candidate and proprietor of Oberweis Dairy, has requested a discovery recount.
Senator, give it up. There are cows to be milked.
Turkey No. 2
Rudy Giuliani was hailed as “America’s mayor” when he ably led New York Metropolis by way of the Sept. 11 catastrophe. Now Trump’s private lawyer is America’s laughingstock.
Federal prosecutors are reportedly investigating whether or not Giuliani violated lobbying legal guidelines when he was working to strain the Ukraine authorities to dig up grime on the household of former Vice President Joe Biden. Within the 2020 marketing campaign, Giuliani tried to hawk extra nasty, unfounded allegations in opposition to Biden.
Trump misplaced. Giuliani carries on, main a authorized struggle to show there was “huge voter fraud” within the election. Chris Christie, the previous New Jersey governor and Trump ally, dubbed Giuliani’s efforts “a nationwide embarrassment.”
Lastly, a DRUMstick roll, please, for Turkey No. 1!
Mike Madigan, AKA “the Velvet Hammer,” has served as Illinois Home speaker for practically 4 a long time.
He shrugged off mounting criticism that he has abused his energy and mishandled sexual harassment allegations claims. He has denied costs he’s implicated within the ongoing federal investigation of Commonwealth Edison and a few of Madigan’s shut allies.
On Nov. 18, prosecutors indicted 4 Madigan associates on bribery costs. Madigan strenuously denies any wrongdoing. However the nation’s strongest legislator could also be on the cusp of an indictment.
Madigan, 78, has been in workplace for practically 50 years. Maybe The Velvet Hammer caught round a bit too lengthy.
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