Hugh Bartling has some questions for Congressman Ray:
The postponment comes on the heels of a story published in the Washington Post about LaHood’s penhcant for inserting earmark spending into appropriation bills as a member of the House of Representatives–including $9 million that was funneled to campaign donors. Obama has said that he opposes earmarks, so expect some tough questioning of LaHood on this front.
I am especially interested in his ties to William Cellini, the indicted head of the Illinois Asphault Paving Association, who acted to shakedown donors for disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. Many of LaHood’s earmarks were paving projects that would benefit Cellini’s members.
LaHood should also be asked about his failure to support the National Highway Bridge Reconstruction and Inspection Act which was passed after the tragic bridge collapse in Minnesota to improve bridge safety.
Too bad no one at the Journal Star demanded answers to these questions before President-elect Obama decided to make him the Secretary of Transportation. Of course it would have been nice if the Dems had ever bothered to run anyone with a change of winning in the 18th District. But I like to see contests for high offices, because the process tends to shake loose this sort of information.
Because right now, all over central Illinois, loyal LaHood voters are discovering that Congressman LaHood, while nowhere near as corrupt as many in Illinois, isn’t exactly a virgin either. And I am still waiting for the guy to admit to ANYONE that the nuclear power industry paid for his trip to France.
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