Sometime blog reader and author Robert Cooley made an accusation this week that Blago used to be part of a mobbed up bookkeeping operation in the western suburbs. Cooley would have some knowledge of these shenanigans as he turned government witness and helped jail 24 other lawyers, politicos, judges and a cop or two. Now there's a convicted bookmaker stepping up
to say he never had any dealings with Blago.
Abbinanti admits having run outfit gambling rackets with Marco 'The Mover' D'amico and that he was convicted with top mob gambling bosses for which he spent six years in the federal penitentiary.
"I don't know what Rod Blagojevich did or has done but I do know one thing. I never met the man. I never spoke to the man. I never had any business personal or in any way with him and you know what, it's just an injustice," said Abbinanti.
All that proves is that Abbinanti is smarter than Blago for not getting caught on federal wiretaps. But what does it say about Illinois politics when a convicted Outfit soldier is your most prominent defender and your lawyer has a habit of representing persons known by the Chicago Crime Commission as mob members?