Skip to comments.Illinois House expels Democrat indicted for bribery (the first expulsion since 1905)
Posted on 08/17/2012 1:43:17 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
SPRINGFIELD, Illinois (Reuters) - The Illinois House of Representatives on Friday expelled a Democratic lawmaker indicted for bribery, the first member to be booted from the chamber since 1905.
State House Representative Derrick Smith, who represents a staunchly Democratic district in Chicago, was arrested in March and charged with accepting a $7,000 bribe in exchange for endorsing a daycare center's state grant application.
He has denied the charges.
Days after his arrest and indictment, Smith won the Democratic Party primary to contest the November 6 election, in part because some Democrats hoped he would resign and be replaced on the ballot.
But Smith refused to bow out, and on Friday the full Illinois House voted 100 to 6 to expel him.
"I'm sad that my colleagues did not wait to hear all the evidence before voting against me," a choked-up Smith said at a news conference at his Chicago lawyer's office.
"I intend to remain on the ballot and intend to run for office in November," he added.
Smith's lawyers said the move to oust him was a pre-arranged political power grab of his seat by the House leadership.
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If Obama had a son.. uhhh..
A vote is set for Friday on whether to expel Illinois State Rep. Derrick Smith (D-Chicago) from the state House. CBS 2 Chief Correspondent Jay Levine reports.
Is there perhaps an extra Czar position at the federal level just waiting to be filled?
Minnows like Rep. Derrick Smith get caught, but big fish go free
— Tell that to Blago and Ryan
He won’t be having any trouble with the IRS because I’m sure he declared the bribe money on his tax forms.
I wonder who he made mad.
They all take bribes.
I don’t know.. can a Mason be a Czar? His bio has him down as a member of a Lodge. This is Chicago after all. lol
Most politicians will tell you it’s unethical to get caught taking bribes.
Just par for the course in CHicago.. nothing to see here folks..
March 2, 2012
Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith (10th) has received a surge of endorsements!
Illinois State Representative Derrick Smith (10th) has received a surge of endorsements, including most recently the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Skyline Newspapers in addition to Planned Parenthood Illinois Action.
Says Smith I am very honored to have the endorsements from the Tribune, Skyline and Planned Parenthood of Illinois . My entire campaign has been about understanding the issues and concerns of the residents, working families, businesses and community organizations within the 10th District. The endorsements from these organizations clearly reflect my vision for the 10th District.
If he can remain on the ballot, does that mean he could be reelected and then expelled again?
a little background info here.. July 19, 2012
Panel: Indicted Rep. Derrick Smith should be expelled from House
from the Sun-Times piece..
The last time a House member was expelled was in 1905, when the chamber voted 121-13 to oust Rep. Frank D. Comerford (D-Chicago) for actions that besmirched the good name and reputation of this General Assembly.
His sin: giving a speech to students and faculty of the Illinois College of Law in Chicago in January 1905 in which he claimed there was wholesale corruption in both chambers of the Legislature.
But Comerfords expulsion was short-lived. He was re-elected a few months later to fill the vacancy caused by his ouster.
So what happened? Did he refuse to cut in the rest of the Dem senators?
Effin’ Teaparty racism! /s
In Illinois!? I thought such behavior was SOP in that state.
So the corrupt expel one of the most corrupt. To appear honest.
Really, think Illinois only has one corrupt’democrat that needs expulsion!?!
That's always the ways with Libs. They believe the punishment is worse than their crime. Next we will hear the infamous..."it was all a mistake - I made a mistake" that childish whine for getting caught with hands in the cookie jar.
Riiiiight. Like any Rat voters cared whether or not he resigned. Or was indicted for a crime, for that matter. Voting for Rat thugs = standard operating procedure.
This guy had to be flat-out brazen in his corruption to get ousted by Democrats!
Even worse, ILLINOIS DEMOCRATS
They’re kinda like Illinois Nazi’s (It’s a Blues Brothers reference, for those that don’t know)
” the first member to be booted from the chamber since 1905.”
And how many in between 1905 and now deserved the same punishment, but didn’t get it? Was his punishment for getting expelled really for bribery or getting caught?
Any public official that is convicted of straying from their oath and commits felonies needs to lose their pensions, benefits and be ostracized from ever being in government employ, and then they need to face a major prison sentence that is twice as severe as what an average citizen not in government would face.
These staunchly one sided districts need to be minimized (not sure how). Big city politics needs decontaminated and flushed out. When one party has total control of a district it is never good for honest government. Term limits would help keep the government from going putrid.