Our governor's campaign field director in 2002, Robert Creamer, was sentenced to prison today as his ultra-liberal wife and corruption haranguer Jan Schakowsky looked on.
Somewhere along the way, she stopped blaming her husband's stealing on George W. Bush.
Creamer is a longtime political organizer who was instrumental in his wife's 1998 victory, and who worked in Governor Rod Blagojevich's 2002 primary campaign. “The timing is curious,” said Schakowsky of Creamer's indictment, which came seven years after the investigation. Schakowsky noted that Abner Mikva, a former federal judge, congressman, and Clinton White House counselor, called it a “political indictment” with the decision to indict made at the “highest levels.” Creamer's trial will occur in 2005.
Rod dropped Creamer after the 2002 primary but not because of ethical concerns. Something much worse in Rod's world: he sucked at politics. Rod got walloped in Cook County and only barely beat Paul Vallas statewide because his mountains of dirty money was able to flood two downstate media markets — St. Louis and Quad Cities — where his underfunded opponent couldn't tread.
A key fundraiser in 2002, Al Ronan, saw his lobbying firm indicted, and two others, Chris Kelly and Tony Rezko, are in the feds' crosshairs.
This was the campaign whose mantra was cleaning up state government.