-By Warner Todd Huston
Illinois Senior Senator, Democrat Dick Durbin was forced to respond to a Chicago Tribune story that revealed that his wife is a lobbyist who received high-dollar federal contracts. Durbin said it was purely coincidental… then offered to sell us the Brooklyn Bridge.
Durbin told the Tribune that his wife only lobbies with the State of Illinois, not the federal government, so the millions she rakes in from federal contracts is just a coincidence. Really. It was… a totally, unseen, completely accidental coincidence… that a Senator who is the third in line of power in the US Senate has a wife who just coincidentally got millions in federal contracts.
The Trib outlined some of this accidental overlap…
Among the areas of overlap in the Durbins’ careers: her firm getting a one-year contract with a housing nonprofit group around the time the senator went to bat for the organization and others like it; a state university receiving funds earmarked by Durbin when his wife was its lobbyist; and Durbin arranging federal money for a public health nonprofit when his wife was seeking state support for the same group.
And, gosh, there was another point to the Trib’s piece. Dick Durbin’s son is also a lobbyist. Imagine that.
Now, this is the same Dick Durbin who in 2006, when my son was deploying to Iraq from the General Jones National Guard Armory on Chicago’s South Side, in his own city, in his own district, instead of attending to see his troops off like so many other local and state politicians did, he was only a few miles away at a press conference. What was so important to talk to the press about?
The Ash Borer Weevil.
That’s right. A bug was more important than his troops.
But his wife and son can rake in millions from the federal government. And no one will do a thing to stop him.
This is the same Dick Durbin who, like his President, lies with impunity, about nearly everything. The same Durbin who is a facilitator for terrorists. Thinks Americans don’t have Constitutional protections unless he says so. The senator who doesn’t think the people have a vote on what he does.
Durbin is the also the creep who said that our troops are Nazis.