Monday, January 09, 2006

Guv Candidate Eisendrath appears across Illinois on cable/computer

Edwin Eisendrath: ...the magnitude of the opportunity this Governor missed. It’s huge. It’s unpardonable.
Our show with Edwin Eisendrath, candidate for Governor in the Democratic Primary, is the lead video item on the Illinois Channel this week.

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Edwin Eisendrath talks about how Governor Blagojevich has blown a “huge opportunity,” and Eisendrath discusses and is challenged on a broad range of public policy issues by show host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz. See here and here for partial transcripts and more information about the show and Eisendrath.

The Illinois Channel, in addition to providing you with another webcast option to seeing our show with Eisendrath at the Public Affairs Cinema, or the airing of the Public Affairs show with Eisendrath in many Chicago Metro suburbs this week [see here for Public Affairs suburban schedule] and through-out the City of Chicago next Monday night [8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21], also provides an opportunity to watch the Eisendrath show in 75 communities through-out the state of Illinois.

See the Illinois Distribution Channel link [here] for a description of the Illinois Channel’s cable airing schedule across Illinois and into Missouri. For example, the Illinois Channel two hour block of programming airs this week, among other times and places, in Chicago this coming Sunday on Cable Ch. 19 at 8:30 am, in Springfield tonight on Insight Cable Ch. 22 at 6:00 pm, in Peoria tomorrow on Insight Cable Ch. 22 at 1:00 pm and in Evanston tomorrow night on Cable Ch. 16 at 8:00 pm. That means the Public Affairs show with guest Edwin Eisendrath, airing as the Illinois Channel’s lead item, airs, among other times and among other locations:

In Chicago, this Sunday morning on Cable Ch. 19 from 8:30 am to 9:00 am

In Springfield, tonight on Insight Cable Ch. 22 from 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm and

In Peoria tomorrow on Insight Cable Ch. 22 from 1:00 pm to 1:30 pm.

In Evanston tomorrow night on Cable Ch. 16 from 8:00 pm to 8:30 pm.

And on many other cable and computer screens throughout the state of Illinois.
A partial transcript of the show with Eisendrath is included, below.
Jeff Berkowitz: …Let’s tell people. Why do you want to be Governor of the state of Illinois?

Edwin Eisendrath: Well, first, people have to-people know that this is a job where you can do an immense amount of good, and where the values that we Democrats have can make a big difference. And, we’ve waited a long time for the opportunity to do this. I’m quite sad that the Governor has not done the things that we could do with that job. So, for example, it makes such a difference if you clean up the corruption…let me lay out a few things: Education. Illinois is 49th out of 50 in contributions to schools. We’re 49th out of 50 in equity. Our schools are failing in every test; failing in No Child Left Behind. That’s elementary and secondary education. We’ve cut funding for colleges four years in a row. I spent some time in China. I watched what people—what they are doing to invest in their future and in higher education. We’re not doing it here in Illinois. I’m shocked by that. The reason why I—and a lot of people—think there ought to be a change in the Governor’s mansion is that we have, I think, core values that aren’t being addressed in the state that could be and should be. I want to help make that happen.

Jeff Berkowitz: …there are a lot of things you’d like to do, you mentioned education. I assume that’s high on your list. But would you be doing this if there wasn’t all this stuff about corruption and the Governor’s office- Governor Rod Blagojevich’s office?

Edwin Eisendrath: No. I’m not a career politician.

Jeff Berkowitz: So, that’s why you’re doing it—because there’s all of the corruption in the air around Rod Blagojevich? Is that right?

Edwin Eisendrath: I’m doing it because the job isn’t being done and one of the jobs that’s not being done is cleaning up the corruption. Look, the idea that the Republicans are running for Governor on an anti-corruption campaign, that they can run against corruption in the Governor’s office while George Ryan is on trial, that’s the magnitude of the opportunity this Governor missed. It’s huge. It’s unpardonable.

Jeff Berkowitz: But it is. The Republicans are running on that issue, ending the culture of corruption, in Illinois-

Edwin Eisendrath: And, George Ryan is on trial, as we speak, and they get to do it, and they do it credibly, because our Governor didn’t do the job.

Jeff Berkowitz: In the last three years.

Edwin Eisendrath: How many years does it take?

Jeff Berkowitz: Well, I’m saying George Ryan is on trial essentially for what he did in the Secretary of State’s office from 1991-1998, or what he’s alleged to have done, not very much, if anything for what he did as Governor, from 1998-2002. So, you understand the Republicans will say, “That’s old business.” “We’ve cleaned up,”--they would say “We,”—I am quoting them. They’ve cleaned up the Republican Party and it’s a new party. So, if you win…the primary, that’s the issue you’re facing, right?

Edwin Eisendrath: I’ll be delighted to take it on. In my life, I’ve cleaned up a corrupt government. I took over the Chicago Housing Authority when President Clinton appointed me [as the] Federal Receiver [in 1995], to take on that housing authority. Everybody knew it was the most corrupt housing authority in the country. The residents who lived there knew it was terrible. The people in the communities around that housing knew it was terrible. The federal government knew it was terrible and didn’t do anything about it. I got there and in one year got it a clean audit, for the first time, I think, in ten, cleaned up its operations, got it off the so-called “troubled” list of housing authorities, and began the transformation that actually changes peoples’ lives.
Edwin Eisendrath, running for Governor in the March 21, 2006 Democratic Primary in Illinois. The show was recorded on December 27, 2005 for a Public Affairs episode that is airing on the Illinois Channel [as discussed above],that will air in the City of Chicago on Monday, January 16 at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV], and is airing in many Chicago metro suburbs [as discussed, above] this week [Week of January 9] and on the Public Affairs Cinema [starting now and continuing at the Cinema for at least a month], which currently is also airing a five minute interview with Eisendrath, taped about a month ago [See here]. The Cinema also houses a dozen recent, other Public Affairs episodes, each of which is available here
Transcript drafts 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