Tuesday, April 12, 2005

Possible Guv Candidate Sen. Brady on Ethics and Taxes-- and on TV

Jeff Berkowitz: So, once they give you money, they cannot get a no-bid contract? That’s what you’re saying?

Possible Republican Guv Candidate and State Sen. Bill Brady: That’s right.

This week’s suburban edition of “Public Affairs,” features State Senator Bill Brady [R- Bloomington], who has been in the state legislature for about 11 years, first as a state representative for 8 years and then a State Senator for about 3 years. Bill Brady’s tenure in the state legislature was interrupted briefly when he ran and lost in the Republican Primary in 2000 for the congressional seat subsequently won by Tim Johnson [R- Champaign; 15th Cong. Dist.]

Notwithstanding his substantial state legislative experience, Sen. Brady [who was born and raised in Bloomington, IL-- and still lives in Bloomington] views himself as a citizen politician because he devotes considerable time to his extensive family run businesses, which include primarily real estate construction, development and marketing, but also include radio stations and other business sectors.

When Sen. Brady ran for Congress in 2000, he disclosed a net worth in the two to five million dollar range, and he said on my show his net worth is currently in the three to seven million dollar range. Senator Bill Brady said he will decide, by August, of this year whether he will be a candidate for Governor in the 2006 Republican Primary and if he does run, he might spend half a million dollars of his own wealth on his campaign, but not a million, or more, dollars.

Please see the end of this blog entry for a detailed suburban airing schedule and for more about the show with Senator Brady. This show will also air throughout the City of Chicago [in the regular “Public Affairs,” City of Chicago time slot] on next Monday night, April 18 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV].
A partial transcript of the show with State Senator Brady is included, below.
Sen. Bill Brady: …I know some of us [potential Republican Guv Candidates] vary on taxes. I know some of us—

Jeff Berkowitz: What about you? [Will] you take a pledge not to raise the income tax or the general sales tax?

Sen. Brady: Absolutely.

Berkowitz: You take that [pledge] today.

Sen. Brady: Yes.

Berkowitz: You promise all the potential voters that—

Sen. Brady: We don’t need to raise the tax rate.

Berkowitz: That’s a tax pledge. You’re taking that.

Sen. Brady: We need to raise tax revenues by economic growth.

Berkowitz: But you will not raise the state income tax rate?

Sen. Brady: No.

Berkowitz: You would not raise the state sales tax rate?

Sen. Brady: No. We need to reduce the sales tax.

Berkowitz: State Senator [and possible Guv Candidate] Rauschenberger [R- Elgin] has so far said he wouldn’t take that [tax] pledge.

Sen. Brady: Yeah.

Berkowitz: [Possible Guv Candidate] Ron Gidwitz has said [the same], at least of now. These folks may [change], as they study—as they think about it. So, that would differentiate you, right?

Sen. Brady: We are overtaxing Illinois citizens.

Berkowitz: In that sense, you agree with Jim Oberweis because he would take that tax pledge, right?

Sen. Brady: Well, I would say that he agrees with me.
Jeff Berkowitz: You’ve got to get people to give you money [for your campaign]—there are no limits [to how much they can contribute] and you are going to tell me that you are going to get money from people who are not potential vendors to the state? They are just going to say- “Here is this money.”

Sen. Bill Brady: Make it very simple. I promise you that I will support and live by the law that I have proposed. No contribution from someone who gets a no-bid state contract and no-one who gives a contribution will get a no-bid state contract.

Berkowitz: How will you know? If someone steps up tomorrow and wants to give you a $100,000 and they are not currently doing business for the state of Illinois, how will you know that they might not be doing it if you get to be Governor?

Sen. Brady: Because they will be prohibited. Because they would have given me a contribution.

Berkowitz: So, once they give you money, they cannot get a no-bid contract? That’s what you’re saying?

Sen. Brady: That’s right.

Berkowitz: You’ll live by that, whether it becomes law or not?

Sen. Brady: Illinois needs to live by that.

Berkowitz: But would you live by that--

Sen. Brady: Absolutely.

Berkowitz: Whether it becomes law or not?

Sen. Brady: Yes.

Berkowitz: Okay. That’s a promise. That’s a pledge you are making.
State Senator Bill Brady (R), possible candidate in the 2006 Republican Primary for Governor, recorded on April 3, 2005 and as is airing on the Suburban edition of Public Affairs this week [week of April 11] and on the City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs on Monday night, April 18 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21. See, below, for a detailed suburban airing schedule.
Sen. Bill Brady (R) debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz pay to play, jobs, taxes and spending in Illinois; ethics under Governor Blagojevich; Brady’s net worth and how much he will self-fund his campaign; school choice, tax credits and education accountability; guns, assault weapon bans, tort and medical malpractice reform, non-economic damage caps, tax pledges, abortion, corruption, gay rights and much, much more.
The suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is regularly broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The suburban edition also is broadcast every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at JBCG@aol.com