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Is JJJ a Snitch?

 

Informer?

Informer?

According to a story by FOX News, Jesse Jackson Jr. has been informing to the Feds for years.  If true I have a feeling his political career is toast, because nobody likes a snitch.  But something in that story caught my eye:

Shortly after his 2002 election, Gov. Rod Blagojevich told Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. he didn’t appoint the congressman’s wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

“Blagojevich went out of his way to say, ‘You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me? That’s why she’s not getting the job,'” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation. (emphasis added)

From the complaint filed against Blago:

ROD BLAGOJEVICH told Fundraiser A to tell Individual D that ROD BLAGOJEVICH had a problem with Senate Candidate 5 just promising to help ROD BLAGOJEVICH because ROD BLAGOJEVICH had a prior bad experience with Senate Candidate 5 not keeping his word. ROD BLAGOJEVICH told Fundraiser A to tell Individual D that if Senate Candidate 5 is going to be chosen to fill the Senate seat “some of
this stuffs gotta start happening now . . .right now. . . and we gotta see it. You understand?”

“Senate Candidate 5” is widely believed to be JJJ, so that would mean Blago had a prior bad experience with JJJ not keeping his word.  Could the statement “You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me?” refer to that broken promise?

Just wondering.

49 Responses

  1. I hope I’m not terribly off topic by contrasting Blago with the woman we couldn’t have as Vice President. No wonder she was hanged in effigy…

    http://www.ktuu.com/Global/story.asp?S=9540766

  2. Are we watching too many Mafia shows in America? I’m never going to like JJJ again after the “crying” bs and publicly dissing his father, but if he crawled out of the political cesspool and ratted out a bunch of people who deserved to be ratted out, good for him. He seems to be the hero of our little tale. (Too bad you burned your bridges with the only snitch loving person in America, JJJ). lol

  3. MyIq, glad you posted this since this little vignette has seemed to slip by without much notice. It doesn’t come as much of a surprise since in the “new political world” of Chicago using a fed prosecutor is taught along side getting your opponents kicked off the ballot and leaking a sealed divorce record to the press.

  4. Seriously:

    Most snitches are looking for a “get out of jail free” card. The rest are motivated by cash or revenge.

  5. Was it just the gov he was snitching on or was it the whole bunch?
    If it was just the gov was it because he did not get what he wanted or because it was the right thing to do? Did they have something on him and turned him?
    There is no one in Chicago that can be trusted.
    What are the odds that the msm will report the truth?

    ot
    MYIQ2XU
    there is a telemarketer tape prank by a man named Tom Mabes that i think you would like. It sounds like something you would do.

    WOMEN,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS ,AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  6. Oh yeah, myiq, I know his motives probably aren’t totally pure, but if he’s been informing for years, he’s probably not a criminal himself….that’s good enough for Chicago. 🙂

  7. SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (CNN) — Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. — who was cited in a criminal complaint against Rod Blagojevich — has been an informant for at least a decade with the U.S. Attorney’s office, and has informed on the embattled governor of Illinois, THOUGH NOT IN THE CASE CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION, Jackson spokesman Kenneth Edmonds told CNN Tuesday.

  8. Fory myiq: I got this today from a friend. Somehow I thought of you! 😆

    As much as I try to be an easygoing,

    stretch your wings and fly type…

    I just can’t stop trying to burst people

    into flames with my mind.

  9. Another quirk in human nature is that arsonists like to hang out with firefighters.

  10. Prolix:

    What do you mean “hang out?” Every year, several firefighters are charged with arson.

  11. I think it’s important to note that a lot of younger black Americans detest snitches that snitch to the government. I saw a documentary once on HBO about how difficult it is for cops to investigate crimes in black neighborhoods because people refuse to talk – some out of fear, some because they don’t trust cops. JJJ snitching to the feds will do serious damage to his “street creds.”

  12. MyIq,

    Yes, there’s that too. I represented an alleged arsonist once, his every waking hour while not allegedly setting fires, was spent at firehouses.

  13. I think it’s important to note that a lot of younger black Americans detest snitches that snitch to the government. I saw a documentary once on HBO about how difficult it is for cops to investigate crimes in black neighborhoods because people refuse to talk – some out of fear, some because they don’t trust cops. JJJ snitching to the feds will do serious damage to his “street creds.”

  14. DYB:

    I’m guessing that a lot of politicians from Illinois are a little dismayed that their associate has been informing, possibly on them.

  15. The fact that Blago has hired Ed Genson as his attorney send a strong message that he isn’t going to fall on his sword for the Messiah. Genson has already called out Lisa Madigan as a conflicted piece of crap. JJJ better get ready for the depositions.

  16. “THOUGH NOT IN THE CASE CURRENTLY UNDER INVESTIGATION.”

    Once again—what the hell is going on out there? Is there some kind of set number of freebie felonies you get before anyone starts to care?

    DYB–yeah, that’s always been really common in ethnic communities, Irish, Italian, etc. Like myiq says, nobody likes snitches. 🙂 Along the lines of the good old traditional omerta/code of silence thing.

  17. If I were Rezko, I would be singing like a canary. You can’t count on a pardon from the Backstabber-in-Chief, but thanks for the real estate. And screw you if you think we’re letting you under the bus.

  18. It appears to me that the only way to get a decent job is to know somebody. I can remember being taught if you work hard and keep your nose to the grindstone it will pay off one day. WHAT A SAP I AM.

  19. johninca—wow, that’s a HUGE raise for a middle class person with 5 kids to turn down. She’s not Romney pulling some meaningless stunt and then living off his zillions.

    If the Republcans were smart, they would try and run with that.

  20. You could become a bookie, take it from Blago it’s a good way to meet people.

  21. I agree, that governor is the real deal– even her hair.

    *wink*

  22. I’ve never understood the obsession with his hair, it just makes him look even more like the World’s Smarmiest Game Show Host. It screams yes I would strap a dog to the roof of a car and drive for 400 miles, is that weird?

    (JJJ, OTOH, seriously raises the politician beauty quotient–must stop saying nice things about JJJ! Damn you for putting up that pic)

  23. Sing, Tony, Sing!

    Sing, Blago, Sing!

    Not so sure how I feel about considering JJJ a good guy – he was absolutely AWFUL towards Hillary in the primary and I haven’t yet forgiven or forgotten.

  24. How short our memories are. JJJ is the one who threaten all AA in congress to support BO, or go down. He encouraged people to run against S. Tubbs-Jones, who would not back down and even John Lewis unless they would not support the “one.” Anyone who did business with the state of IL got a “letter.” Told the truth and went on with our lives. He is no hero, it was a requirement of the letter.
    And, by the way he was not on the “one’s” short list.

  25. Agree fully, OBSP. What does that stand for, anyway, the OBSP?

  26. Yes, JJJ is a nasty little piece of sh*t in my book.

  27. Anyone else feel that this snitching spin gives BO a good motive to ditch him?

  28. Yeah, Laurie – just like John Edwards’ affair gave BO reason to dump him. Definitely.

    LI! Love the way you say things sometimes, darlin’.

  29. JJJ owes us some schadenfreude for the crap he pulled in the primaries.

  30. MYIQ, that’s a damned good catch. I recall reading about the “prior bad experience” during my first pass at the Complaint, but then I kind of forgot about it.

    It looks as if JJJ originally said yes to the $25,000 and then begged off.

  31. Why would he say yes, though, Joseph, if he was already an informant?

    I wish the media (besides Fox who seem to be on top of this to some degree) would follow this through, for crying out loud. What the heck is in it for them to let these flim flam guys into power?

  32. It’s quite clear JJJ had no idea about this case (he was an informer in other cases). Also, how does FBI entice a congressman to become an informer? My teeveee watching tells me they had to have something on him to begin with.

  33. JJJ couldn’t or wouldn’t pay up and Blago gave the lottery job to someone else.

    But is that the reason JJJ became an informant?

  34. eof – remember about a month ago when we were screaming (especially Gary over at his blog) at Melissa Etheridge and Ellen DeGeneras because they were upset about prop 8?

    Hello, people, grab a fucking clue! Barack never supported us gays. Donnie Mc was the first clue and Barack just keeps getting away with it. Those same big gay stars need to stand up and loudly speak out against Barack before any POSSIBLE change in his opinion will happen.

    Sarah Palin did more for us gays than Barack ever will. Bill and Hill were our last decent friends in the White House.

    Okay, rant over.

  35. “Also, how does FBI entice a congressman to become an informer?”

    You catch him with his hand in the cookie jar.

  36. from equality california-a statement :

    It is appalling that President-elect Barack Obama would invite California Pastor Rev. Rick Warren, an ardent supporter of Prop 8 and someone who is opposed to the equality of LGBT Americans, to give the invocation at his inauguration.

    OOPs how about a big truckload of “I f*ckin’ told you so!” to the LGBT community!

    Guess the one is only “some peoples messiah” unlike the original!

  37. scrubs57
    I very well remember those days – in fact I quoted one of Gary’s posts in my entry. That’s what informs my exasperated tone at these people – they chose to be blind until they couldn’t pretend anymore!

  38. Fuzzy:

    I figured we would have to wait months or maybe even a year or two before we could say “I told you so!”

  39. I think it was a merry f’ing Christmas from Pampers himself propably figured hey I am in now why wait to show them “my true colors shining through”!

    well Pampers didnt disappoint me!

  40. myiq2xu, on December 18th, 2008 at 6:39 am Said:

    Fuzzy:

    I figured we would have to wait months or maybe even a year or two before we could say “I told you so!”

    This is the fastest crash & burn (in slow mo) I’ve ever seen a candidate do.

    Is there a group that Obama hasn’t insulted, ignored, brushed off or seriously p*ssed off?

    There’s an article in the New Yorker from this summer about Obama — and it seems that as soon as someone’s usefulness is gone — Obama has moved on. It would seem that the 0 man has a serious case of attention deficit disorder. He never stays around long enough to LEARN to do the job before campaigning for the next job.

  41. Maybe he figures this way all his fans will have four years to “get over it”

  42. Hey, look, he’s appointing another woman. Mary Shapiro to something to do with investments. Yay!

    I have a final so I’ll be out today. Much love and bitterness.

    Reg

  43. Remember when he made the remark about Bataan.There is an old movie called ” They Were Expendable” about that.
    They are expendable is his mantra. and as I have commented before to him loyalty is a word in the dictionary between liar and lying.
    I still do not know how anyone believes him or trusts him to do anything. Anyone around him should wear a flack jacket and hold on to their wallet.

    WOMEN,MEN WHO SUPPORT THEM AND COUNTRY BEFORE PARTY ALWAYS

    PUMAS,BUBBAS, AND THOSE PEOPLE RULE

  44. Well, I wonder how Emil Jones and the other state representatives will say now.
    Only a couple of days ago, Jones said, “Jackson should be named to fill Obama’s senate seat. He deserves it.”

  45. how, in this case, means WHAT.

    stoopid typing person (me).

  46. JJJ’s performance in the primaries only confirms that this guy is in the mold of The One—he will do anything to get what he wants and advance his career. I do not buy into the “snitch” mythology because I think it is the last defense of real scoundrels—but I do not doubt for a moment that if JJJ has been singing for the last decade it has to do more with a cookie jar than a pure heart.

  47. i was trying to think of something snappy to write, but the actions of obama and jjj say it all. and the remarks before me sum it up nicely. good article.

  48. What doesn’t make sense to me is the history of the $25,000.00. He knew about the pay to play first hand.

    JJJ said that his wife did not get the lottery job without the donation of $25,000.00. Yet he put his name in the hat for the open senate seat.

    History tells JJJ that the prerequisite is $25,000.00 for a state job. So how did he think he was going to get the senate seat without the cash if his wife couldn’t even get a state job without the cash and Blago already threw that in his face?

    Easy – he was going to give/get the cash.

    But how could he be so stupid if he was an informant against Blago already? He knew Blago was being watched – and listened to…

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