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Re: “No White Knight, No Silver Bullet

The voters of Cook County must be myopic tailors to believe the mantle of indignant 'reformer' fits Mr. Claypool. His self-righteous fulminating belies his history of swilling at the very public trough he now decries. In the case of Mr. Claypool, and with apologies to Samuel Johnson, 'reformer' is the last refuge of a scoundrel.

As Mr. Joravsky points out, Dr. Claypool has invested a career in the political swamp: waterboy for Mayor Daley; chief of staff in that administration; Park District administrator; County Commissioner; brief and unsuccessful try at a real job in the private sector; and, now, candidate for Assessor. One must be amazed that Dr. Claypool, after his lengthy tenure as a practitioner of the political arts, has now decided to wrap himself in the cape of 'reform.' The word 'disingenuous' springs to mind.

Mr. Claypool, despite his proclamations of having seen the 'reformist' light, has shown himself to be just a garden-variety hack of the old school. He has demonstrated, with clarity, his willingness to manufacture both facts and sources, in order to defame and libel a private citizen, all to gain political advantage. He, his campaign manager and his campaign PAC are attempting to defend themselves in a state court lawsuit charging precisely those 'non-reformist, actions. At a recent hearing, regarding the plaintiff's petition for a Temporary Restraining Order, Claypool capitulated - taking down saavage attacks, on the private citizen, from his attack website - shortly before presiding the judge would have ordered he and his cronies to do so. Were there less unquestioning acceptance of Claypool's self-characterization, by the media and pundits, the public might be given the opportunity to make an informed choice about who is or isnt suited to the office of Assessor. Unfortunately, there is a predisposition, by the media, to accept fiction as fact without lifting the rug to see what may have been swept under it.

This is not to say that Mr. Berrios is the better candidate. He and his cohorts, at the Board of Review, have milked and bilked lawyers and lawfirms to the tune of millions of dollars in campaign contributions for favorable Board decisions. They, too, find themselves in court - federal- defending themselves in a lawsuit charging Berrios, Rogers Jr., Houlihan and senior staff with civil rights violations and maintaining an enterprise engaged in bribery, extortion and money-laundering - under the federal RICO statute. The lawsuit further charges that the 'continuing racketeering enterprise', included a denial of Honest Services to the citizens of Cook County. This is believed to be the first time since the scope of 'Honest Services' was narrowed by the Supreme Court that the charge has been sustained by the federal court.

It is a sorry state of affairs when these are the two highly touted candidates for an office so important to the property owners of Cook County ------ surely we can do better!!

Posted by LiftTheVeil on 10/16/2010 at 8:18 AM

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