Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Compare and Contrast: Berkowitz and Brackett; Gutierrez and Gidwitz-Rauschenberger

Elizabeth Brackett: And do you think that organization [the Hispanic Democratic Organization, aka the Hispanic Daley Organization or the Mayor’s Merry Pranksters] could have functioned in its patronage distribution without the Mayor’s knowledge?

Cong. Luis Gutierrez [D-Chicago, 4th CD]: I think that the Mayor, at some level- and he has defended the Hispanic Democratic Organization—at some level knew about the Hispanic Democratic Organization and must have given it his blessing at some level.

Brackett: The question is- how deep is the level?

Cong. Luis Gutierrez: But, I don’t know how deep the level is and I don’t want—I don’t want to say things about another politician, about the Mayor of the City of Chicago that I can’t come here with concrete proof about.
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Jeff Berkowitz: Is the Daley Administration corrupt, Senator Steve Rauschenberger?

Senator and Lt. Gov. candidate Steve Rauschenberger: I think so. I don’t know how the Mayor can close an airport [Meigs Field in the Chicago Loop] with Bulldozers. I don’t know how a mayor can stand up and have four pending federal investigations into the hiring and the contracting practices [of the City of Chicago] and say, “I don’t know anything about it.” I mean Mayor Daley is maybe an effective mayor; he may be a nice guy, but you know, like a lot of politicians, I think four pending federal investigations is enough to ring the bell for the retirement.

Berkowitz: Ron Gidwitz, do you agree?

Republican Primary Gubernatorial Candidate Ron Gidwitz: I think what we need to do is we need to find out where the investigation is going with both of these people [Daley and Blagojevich]. We’re running for office. We’re running to defeat the current administration in Springfield. And, we’re focused on that. My suspicion is where there is the appearance of evildoing, unfortunately, the people lose confidence, which is why we’ve been talking about let’s clean up all of them-- all of the races and all of the jobs.
Public Affairs, airing here at the Public Affairs Cinema [See Here, click on the Rauschenberger-G… box, recorded on Dec. 18, 2006] and in the Chicago North Shore, North and Northwest suburbs this week and throughout the City of Chicago on Monday night, Jan. 2, 2006 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV]. See here for more details on the suburban airing schedule for Public Affairs and for an additional partial transcript of the show.
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