Monday, November 07, 2005

Better than Monday Night Football: Cong. Jan Schakowsky on TV/ Web

Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs," features Cong. Jan Schakowsky (D-Evanston, 9th CD) [See Jan’s new blog here]. Congresswoman Schakowsky is campaigning to become No. 4 in the House Democratic Leadership, and in the process, trying to help the Democrats obtain a majority in the House of Representatives and make House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi the first female Speaker in 2007. The program with Cong. Schakowsky airs throughout the City of Chicago tonight at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21.

You can also watch the show with Schakowsky on a video podcast or listen to it on an audio podcast by going here. Also available at the Public Affairs Cinema are shows with Republican Primary Gubernatorial candidates Bill Brady, Steve Rauschenberger and Ron Gidwitz, 8th Cong. Dist. Republican Primary candidate Kathy Salvi, 6th Cong. District Candidate Democratic Primary Christine Cegelis.
For partial transcripts of tonight's show and to read more about Cong. Schakowsky. the show, and her Democratic leadership contest, please go here, here and here.
Another partial transcript of tonight’s show is included, below.
Jeff Berkowitz: Let me raise a sensitive issue, because, you know, Democrats, have said this to me. You’re going to be the number four person [in the Democratic House Leadership]. If you’re going to be talking about the culture of corruption [in the Republican Party], you’re going to be exposed to all sorts of people coming at you.

Cong. Schakowsky: I’m ready for it. Go ahead. Hit me with it.

Berkowitz: So, you know-

Cong. Schakowsky: I know where you’re going.

Berkowitz: Bob Creamer, your husband-

Cong. Schakowsky: Umhmm.

Berkowitz: Plead guilty, right, one count?

Cong. Schakowsky: Umhmm.

Berkowitz: Of bank fraud, right?

Cong. Schakowsky: Check kiting, essentially. That’s right.

Berkowitz: Check kiting. And, what you said about that is you knew nothing about it, he’s a good man, you stood by your man-

Cong. Schakowsky: I do.

Berkowitz: You didn’t stand by what he’s doing, right?

Cong. Schakowsky: Well, He accepted-- He accepts responsibility for that.
But I-

Berkowitz: But, you, because of obviously standing by him and obviously long years of, you know, he was working with political entities. He was working with [Mayor] Daley; he was working with all sorts of folks. Are they going to say, well, Jan Schakowsky, can you point the finger of corruption when your own husband was involved in this?

Cong. Schakowsky: And, that’s why I want to make a point-- to what end? And, it’s very important to me to say that no bank ever lost money, nor did they ever go after my husband. He ran a big organization, was trying to make sure that money was in all of the accounts, in some cases there was a float- which turns out-

Berkowitz: The prosecutors dispute that, though, they say-

Cong. Schakowsky: What?

Berkowitz: He was doing this to maintain a six figure income and his political- that’s what the prosecutors said.

Cong. Schakowsky: I know, I know.

Berkowitz: And, he plead guilty--

Cong. Schakowsky: No, he didn’t plead guilty to that. He plead guilty to-

Berkowitz: A lot of that conduct.

Cong. Schakowsky: To the counts of check kiting and to essentially
paying late some withholding taxes for employees, all of which has been paid, all of which has been-

Berkowitz: Now facing-

Cong. Schakowsky: Taken care of.

Berkowitz: We’re taping this, we should say on October 23rd. Is it in December he will be sentenced, possibly, up to four years in prison, right? That’s the possibility.

Cong. Schakowsky: Yeah, that’s the possibility. Berkowitz:

And, you’re saying, that can all happen, and you can go out there and be number four [in the Democratic House Leadership] because that’s what this is about. This isn’t about you, Jan, personally. You’re a good person. We know that, okay? I’m not doubting that. What the Democrats, and this is being raised, as I hear comments, from Democrats more than Republicans, can Jan Schakowsky be that number four, to raise all the issues you’ve just been raising on the show [about a culture of corruption in the Republican Leadership], without people coming back at you.

Cong. Schakowsky: Well, we’ll see if people can distinguish between a person who is trying to keep a public interest organization afloat and made some kind of, made some mistakes along the way, for which he has accepted responsibility, and people who are trying to manipulate the Democratic process in a way that advantages special interests and often themselves personally—personally-- Bob never put a penny in his own pocket.

Berkowitz: And you were never involved? You were on the advisory boards of some of those entities that he was involved in, right?

Cong. Schakowsky: Of the non-financial things. Is it, you know, we can talk about this as long as you want.

Berkowitz: So, what I am saying is you weren’t involved-- and nobody is accusing you of that--

Cong. Schakowsky: No.

Berkowitz: But, you are an adviser on some of the boards of his entities, right?

Cong. Schakowsky: None of the financial matters.

Berkowitz: Okay.

Cong. Schakowsky: The policy board.

Berkowitz: So, let’s go over-- as you go around the country, trying to get the majority to switch, the Democratic majority in the House. Putting aside the issue of corruption, you will be raising the issue of energy. Will that be a major issue? Energy prices, gas prices…
U. S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky [D-Evanston; 9th CD], recorded on October 23, 2005, and as the program is air on the City of Chicago edition of “Public Affairs,” this Monday night, November 7, 2005 at 8:30 pm on CANTV, Cable Ch. 21; and is available [here] as a webcast or audio podcast
Transcript draft prepared by Amy Allen, who also does research for “Public Affairs,” and has her own political blog [See here].
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at