What's the Message Here?
Unlike his brother, Mayor Daley did not attend the weekend fund-raiser at a Bridgeport church to help defray the legal fees of his convicted patronage chief.
But the mayor was apparently there in spirit.
He has no problem with the $100-a-head event for a man convicted last month of rigging city hiring to benefit pro-Daley armies of political workers.
"They're all friends. . . . They can have a party for him. There's nothing wrong with that. . . . You help your friends. . . . You have friends in your own industry. There's nothing wrong with that. They have it every day," Daley said Tuesday.
- Among those attending the fund-raiser that spilled out into the parking lot of Nativity of Our Lord Church [...] former union boss and reputed Outfit member Bruno Caruso ...
Until the Feds start handing out some REAL prison time (10 and 20 years) and prison service far away from home instead of Michigan and Wisconsin, Illinois politicians are going to continue to steal what they can because the rewards FAR outweigh the risks. Legal bills paid for by your cronies, a little vacation with enforced bedtimes for a few months, and a nice cushy consultant job when you get out? What's not to love?
UPDATE: We aren't having a problem with a fundraiser for legal bills. We've attended dozens of fundraisers for suspended coppers and bought tickets for dozens more. Two problems here:
- #1 - Sorich was convicted. That's all the difference in the world. If you were convicted of a crime, sorry, we aren't buying tickets for your fundraiser. Personal choice on our part. Castigate us all you like, but we still aren't buying.
- #2 - The freaking MAFIA is sending guys to this fundraiser. The Outfit? La Cosa Nostra? The heirs of Capone? The Mob?