Friday, January 28, 2005

Blago and the wheechair

The Chicago Tribune is reporting Blagojevich intervened and rehired the layed-off paraplegic DNR employee.

Obviously it didn't look good for Blagojevich's DNR spokeswoman to be explaining why taking Arthur "Red" Burchyett's custom wheelchair made sense.

The original story had this paragraph:

Blagojevich has long drawn the ire of Downstaters who complain that he pays little heed to the needs of their region and is too focused on the Chicago area.


If the Tribune is going to write this, don't they have to back it up with something more specific than the impression of the journalist and editor?

But how is Blagojevich viewed outside the Chicago Metro area? I've heard some people speculate that Downstate would be Blagojevich's base in the Democratic primary. Obviously Christi Parsons, the Trib reporter, thinks he's weak Downstate.

Insights?

4 Comments:

Blogger callmewhentheshuttlelands said...

What? Were you born last night? Apparently you missed the two years worth of stories and battling with downstate members on downstate issues. (Genius, try going to google and typing in Blagojevich and wallfower or mansion or Vandalia or Pontiac) Before launching a Blago blunder blog, how about at least taking a remedial class on the issues.
Hey, here's another idea, why don't you read something other than the mothership on a daily basis. If you did, you'd have noticed that poor Red's wheelchair caper was in the headlines four weeks ago. Just because it wasn't reported in Chicago doesn't mean it hasn't happened yet. I realize there's been a lot of snow, maybe you're all still digging out mentally too. But if your going to rely on the mothership for your view of the world, the least you could do is have the respect not to bite the only hand that feeds you.

9:29 PM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Ouch!

I start a blog and the first post is a candidate promoting himself with a press release and the second post is heckling me.

I don't claim to have an encyclopedic knowledge of Rod Blagojevich. Hopefully people will feed me tips, Carl@CollectiveInterest.net.

10:30 PM  
Blogger Decatur Democrat said...

Rod is indeed lacking in popularity, particularly, among the insiders at least in my area. I just keep watching him and wondering, how can one man do so little with so much. He has two years left I still maintain he can turn it around, but he has to go out and prove me wrong everyday. Check out my blog if you'd like, Decaturdemocrat.blogspot.com

11:17 AM  
Blogger Carl Nyberg said...

Is there any group of Democratic insiders that Roddy B is popular with?

The answer to this question used to be, "Well, I assume the Mell organization is with him...." But, no more.

11:28 AM  

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