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McCain attack on Obama and "corrupt Chicago machine" triggers Mayor Daley "Keating 5" response

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By Fran Spielman
Chicago Sun-Times City Hall Reporter

You want to play rough? Let's get it on.

A new ad from Sen. John McCain's campaign accuses Sen. Barack Obama of being a product of the Chicago political machine. Convicted former Obama supporter Tony Rezko is among those referenced in the ad.

That was Mayor Daley's angry message to Republican presidential nominee John McCain on Tuesday about the McCain ad that smears Daley's brother in an attempt to tie Barack Obama to the "corrupt Chicago political machine."

In essence, Daley warned McCain that people in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. He was talking about McCain's role in the so-called "Keating Five" savings and loan scandal.


"You had the Keating Five. We had the biggest scandal in America called savings and loan. The biggest scandal. People lost their homes because of greed. And no one is inferring [wrongdoing by] Sen. McCain and the others, who were always known as the Keating Five. So, if people start throwing dirt and mud, remember it comes back and hits you right in the face," Daley said.

Was the mayor suggesting that Obama get down and dirty by running an ad that reprises McCain's role in the Keating Five?

"It would be a great ad. Remember: People lost their life savings, their own homes for a guy named Keating out of Arizona," Daley said.

"If you want to get tough in politics, I can get as tough in politics as anyone else. If you want to do that, then you basically bring yourself down. When you start throwing mud, mud is gonna be thrown at you and it's gonna be sticking," the mayor said.

The McCain ad seeks to exploit Obama's ties to four men: former U.S. Commerce Secretary William Daley, the mayor's brother; convicted political fixer Tony Rezko; Illinois Senate President Emil Jones (D-Chicago), Obama's political godfather, and Gov. Blagojevich, whose administration has been besieged by federal corruption investigations into hiring and contracts.

William Daley is identified in the ad as a "lobbyist," a role that, the mayor was quick to point out, his brother has never played.

"If they want to put me there [in the ad], fine. . . . Put me there. You don't have to put my brother Bill or my wife or anybody else. . . . Could you see an ad about Sen. McCain's wife and how wealthy they are? That would be unfair," the mayor said.

Daley said he does not believe the ad will lay a glove on Obama. In fact, he argued that what damage there is would be done to McCain.

"People look at national politics. They hold their nose and say, 'If this is what's happening -- if you have to tear the other person down -- are you worthy of that position?' . . . It degrades the whole election," Daley said.

"People get desperate in their political life. . . .My theory about politics and government [is] you build yourself up. You don't have to tear other people down. Anybody can tear people down. You [in the media] know that better than anyone else. You build 'em up and you tear 'em down. You do that all the time," he said.

Instead of diminishing himself and denigrating the office he seeks by using smear tactics, McCain would be wiser to address the meat-and-potatoes issues that are keeping voters awake at night, Daley said.

"People are smarter than the politicians. People get it. They're not worried about Wall Street. They're worried about their own pocketbook. They're worried about their own investments. They're worried about their home. They're worried about their children. They're worried about college. They're worried about their retirement. That's what they're really worried about. . . . People are much smarter than all these negative ads, which I think hurt the candidate running those ads," he said.

36 Comments

This is amazing with all that is going with the stock market, for Mmcain brings this up. The keating "5" story needs to be brought out. this falls right into the issue of greed on Wall Street!!! Stick this issue back into the ear of the american people and show Mccain for what he really stands for "Destroy the middle class and and keeping drowning the poor"

Go Daley!

Now THAT'S the Chicago way.

Now THAT'S the Chicago way.

MCCAIN IS GETTING IN WAY OVER HIS HEAD!
HE IS TRYING TO PLAY THE GUILT BY ASSOCIATION
GAME, AND HE IS TICKING PEOPLE OFF BY NAME
DROPPING, HE IS BEING COACHED BY KARL ROVE AND
THIS GUY IS A TRUE SLIME BALL IN POLITICS!
THIS IS WHY MAYOR DALEY THINKS MCCAIN IS GETTING
DESPERATE, I AGREE, DESPERATE POLITICIANS DO
STRANGE THINGS WHEN THEY KNOW THEY CAN'T WIN!
ADIOS JOHNNY AND LET THE LADY FROM MOOSE COUNTRY
SPEAK, YOU GLORIFIED HER AND NOT YOU HAVE PUT A
MUZZLE ON THE LADY!

If there ever was a corrupt and vindictive person in the whole of America - there is no other person who fits the bill better than John Sidney McCain.

So out of touch and so dishonorable, am amazed he even gets people in his campaign meetings.
Maybe, He just doesn't care or he doesn't respect Americans enough to show decorum and honesty, or worse, he identifies with both - and he wants to be our President??

Wow!! thats a big ask if you ask me!!
after 8 worst years in American history where the highest office of this blessed land virtually landed in the sewers and smeared with the dung of incompetence and croynism. Is the John Sidney McCain the best we can do in Presidential candidates?? God help beautiful American - anything but John McCain

Whoo Hoo-Thank you Mayor Daley!
PLEASE call the ole man out on the "KEATING 5"

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!


Don't soil ur depends ole man-it is going to get UGLY!

I dont know why no one says anything about the Keating 5...Mcbush, and the republicans are all a joke...

The Senate in the Keating 5 - judged McCain as showing poor judgement. He was charged with no crime. Let's remember too that McCain was the only Republican in the 5.

The reason these ads resonate with people is that most people have no idea of who Barack Obama is. All most people know is what they've read in the news--and the news is quiet about Ayers, Khalidi, Abunimah, TUCC, Rezko, Blago, and Daley.

At least one major news magazine told us how David Axelrod formed his phony grassroots group to hoodwink people into accepting the first ComEd hike--as you know it wasn't enough--ComEd just got a second hike.

If Obama had been transparent on his CAC relationship with Ayers, and question of him helping secure grants and city loans (letters?) for Rezko and his rehab business--this wouldn't be an issue coming this late in the election.

People want to know who they're voting for--and my advice would be for them to read the official court documents at Eye on Rezko. It is mind boogling how this city networks!

SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES
Published: February 28, 1991

Following are excerpts from the statement today of the Senate Select Committee on Ethics concluding its hearings involving Senators Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, John Glenn, John McCain and Donald W. Riegle Jr.: Introduction

The United States Senate Select Committee on Ethics initiated preliminary inquiries into allegations of misconduct by Senator Alan Cranston, Senator Dennis DeConcini, Senator John Glenn, Senator John McCain, and Senator Donald Riegle, in connection with their actions on behalf of Charles H. Keating Jr. and Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. In the course of its preliminary inquiries, the committee held hearings over a two-month period which began Nov. 15, 1990.
.........

The committee has examined the specific conduct of each Senator and has determined that under the totality of the circumstances: the conduct of each of the five Senators reflected poor judgment
...................................................

Senator McCain

Based on the evidence available to it, the committee has given consideration to Senator McCain's actions on behalf of Lincoln Savings and Loan Association. The committee concludes that Senator McCain's actions were not improper nor attended with gross negligence and did not reach the level of requiring institutional action against him. The committee finds that Senator McCain took no further action after the April 9, 1987, meeting when he learned of the criminal referral.

Senator McCain has violated no law of the United States or specific Rule of the United States Senate; therefore, the committee concludes that no further action is warranted with respect to Senator McCain on the matters investigated during the preliminary inquiry.
.........

_____________


I dare any chicago punk to challnge mccain over corruption. Especially obama or daley

Wow, who's writing these comments, Daley, Stroger????
Keating 5??????????? Hey people, this is almost 20 years ago???????
If anyone is worried, it's Daley & company.
The polls are showing it.
Bring out the 20 year skeleton. I'm certain McCain will bring out his own Daley & company skeletons.
Wake up, smell the corruption in Chicago Politics!!!
Your losers! Don't be a bad sport corruption in Chicago will go on as business as usual.

McCain's campaign this year has been focused on attacking Obama for the very things he himself (and his buddy GWB) have perpetrated.

It' a pretty bold approach - accuse Obama of inexperience and then pick a lightweight like Palin; accuse Obama of corruption when he has a documented role in a scandal like the Five.

It is also disingenuous and frankly disgusting.

I voted for McCain in 2000 primary, but will vote against him in November - because to me, it sounds like the people he opposed then have co-opted him now.

Hey McCain! Let Palin Speak in public, so America can see what she really is.

All of you, and especially Mayor Daley, obviously have no idea what caused the S&L crisis. And by no means was it "the biggest scandal in America". That comment is purely asinine.

SHE'S A DORK AND THE GOP AND MCCAIN KNEW IT ALL
ALONG, NOW THEY CAN'T LET HER SPEAK, BECAUSE IF
SHE DOES THE SHOW IS OVER AND KATY CAN BAR THE
DOOR!
MCCAIN IS IN TROUBLE, AND ALL THE LITTLE ROLLY
POLLY KARL ROVE'S IN THE WORLD WON'T HELP!
TURN OUT THE LIGHTS THE PARTY IS OVER!
OBAMA IN A LANDSLIDE!
THE YOUTH WILL REALLY VOTE THIS TIME AND THEY
AREN'T FOR OLD MAN RIVER!

Keating Five, Silverado, Keating, an othe Bush - financial disasters, Republicans. Enough of the name calling as a defense to the record.

I do not support McCain but I think its great he brought this up about Daley and the corruption in Chicago. Being born in and growing up in Chicago you see the elected officials become more and more corrupt while crime goes up and the city gets more mismanaged.

I am glad someone finally brought this up. As I tell people who want to know about Chicago " Dont go its corruption at its worse from a city that overrated and a NYC wannabe."

McCain is on a suicide mission. He knows he can never rule after offending a Democratic majority in the House and Senate.

Who wants to be "bipartisan" after being smeared?

McCain is now the "hostage" again - putting up a smile and a fake front while taking a beating.

What he did in Vietnam for the Nixon/Kissinger administration is as pointless as what he is doing now -- stalling for time while colonialists, war-profiteers, bankers and speculators take their profits and cover their losses with a trail of deceit.

This is to the few posters defending John McCain.

John McCain was let free by William Rehnquist
a staunch hateful Republican serving in Arizona
at the time, appointed by Nixon----another crook!

William Rehnquist had a history of using tactics
to deny African Americans and Hispanics voting
rights in the 60's during Barry Goldwater's
run for the Presidency. THESE ARE FACTS!

The whole irony is how hateful William Rehnquist
was (he died a painful death from cancer, just like Lee Atwater---Karl Rove's mentor) towards
Blacks and Hispanics, never realizing Hispanics
are indigenous to the Southwest and Arizona in
general. He was infamous at making sure minorities AND women should not have the law
on their side, IF minorities needed to relie
on the law and the court system.

The other irony about Barry Goldwater,another Republican,was that he too hated Hispanics and the African community in Phoenix (very small in the 60's) AND GAYS------go figure-----
his grandson is a 'MILTANT GAY ACTIVIST',
had been for decades, which finally softened
Goldwater to defend gay causes AND his GAY
GRANDSON before Barry Goldwater died!

In conclusion------cheering on a CROOK like
McCain will not help your traitorous cause.
McCain will lose. He is not schooled like
Obama. McCain has NO law degree. A degree
that requires HEAVY debating skills.

Mccain has had ALL his life---like George
Bush------someone who helped pay his way
in----------TWO SPOILED POLITICIANS
WHO HAD THEIR FATHERS PAY FOR THEM
THEN CLEAN UP THIER MESSES.


KEATING 5 AFFAIR
McCain and Keating had become personal friends following their initial contacts in 1981, and McCain was the closest socially to Keating of the five senators. Like DeConcini, McCain considered Keating a constituent as he lived in Arizona. Between 1982 and 1987, McCain had received $112,000 in political contributions from Keating and his associates. In addition, McCain's wife Cindy McCain and her father Jim Hensley had invested $359,100 in a Keating shopping center in April 1986, a year before McCain met with the regulators. McCain, his family, and their baby-sitter had made nine trips at Keating's expense, sometimes aboard Keating's jet. Three of the trips were made during vacations to Keating's opulent Bahamas retreat at Cat Cay. McCain did not pay Keating (in the amount of $13,433) for some of the trips until years after they were taken, when he learned that Keating was in trouble over Lincoln.

McCain was cleared of impropriety but criticized for poor judgment. The Ethics Committee ruled that the involvement of McCain in the scheme was also minimal and he was cleared of all charges against him. McCain was criticized by the Committee for exercising "poor judgment" when he met with the federal regulators on Keating's behalf.

On his Keating Five experience, McCain has said: "The appearance of it was wrong. It's a wrong appearance when a group of senators appear in a meeting with a group of regulators, because it conveys the impression of undue and improper influence. And it was the wrong thing to do."

Not everyone was satisfied with the Senate Ethics Committee conclusions. Fred Wertheimer, president of Common Cause, which had initially demanded the investigation, thought the treatment of the senators far too lenient, and said, "The U.S. Senate remains on the auction block to the Charles Keatings of the world." Joan Claybrook, president of Public Citizen, called it a "whitewash". Jonathan Alter of Newsweek said it was a classic case of the government trying to investigate itself, labeling the Senate Ethics Committee "shameless" for having "let four of the infamous Keating Five off with a wrist tap." Margaret Carlson of Time suspected the committee had timed its first report to coincide with the run-up to the Gulf War, minimizing its news impact.[ One of the San Francisco bank regulators felt that McCain had gotten off too lightly, saying that Keating's business involvement with Cindy McCain was an obvious conflict of interest

Fantastic response from Daley!! The Dem surrogates should proudly call McCain out on his hypocristy with KEATING 5 and the Bermuda sweetheart deal!!

McCain is going down and Palin is a joke!! Such a empty skirt!!

Obama is corrupt by association.
He is frightening.

The media needs to continue to vet Obama. He is running for President.
He's embarrassing to the world.

I was born and raised in Chicago and know the City Hall politics like a charm. Mayor Daley is not his father whom I voted for many times. Lake Shore Drive and Sheridan Road have not been taken care of. There are big pot holes on Sheridan road that when the bus rides over them look out. I am well aware of the facts about City Hall and their dumb employees billing people twice for the same tickets and the lazy streets and transportation workers that it takes three people to fill a pot hole. Daley needs to lay off about 3500 people from City Hall and the governor needs to lay off 3000 people. All making big salaries doing nothing. If you live in Chicago then you know what's going on. Also, the state of Illinois need to lay off over 4000 people.

Pamela: Palin is a person of integrity that's why she was chosen for the VP spot. What happened to all the highly educated college graduates that the news media said were voting for Obama. Why aren't they running for office. How about you. Maybe its because many college students are dropping out because they can't master their courses. I am sure McCain will go head to toe with Obama who never won a debate yet. And I am waiting for the Biden, Palin debate. The democrats better hope Biden doesn't use his mouth to shout or he will be in trouble.

GO MAYOR DALEY!To all you CHICAGO REPUBIES out there GOOD LUCK in even trying to bring Mayor Daley or Obama to your level.Oh,Dave WTF are you talking about.Maybe you dont remember,thats NICE but UNFORTUNATELY MANY People KNOW ABOUT the S&L Scandal and the FACT that MCBUSH3 is a Part of the Keating 5 if he was not it would be the Keating4!So when all of you say it was 20 yrs ago,its proves that MCBUSH3, even with all the MONEY in the WORLD STILL DID NOT LEARN A THING.We need a PRESIDENT WHO HAS A BRAIN ,its NOT MCCAIN!

Seems that the 'October Surprises' are going to be on McCain in the forms of revival of 1) The Keating 5 Scandal, 2)Rick Davis' continued (and denied) affilliation as lobbyist with Freddie Mac and 3)the many Adventures of Sarah Palin. Good going, Mayor Daley, you're the best!

HEY CHICAGO!Wake up!Hannity did a show exclusively devoted to Ms.Palin.
You sleazebags have tried..you can NOT touch her!
Any wonder that she can draw a crowd of 60,000 people in Florida?
ChicagoRules:You bring a knife, we'll bring a gun.
Who's YOUR "Top Gun"?

THERE IN NO GREATER CORRUPT ORGANIZATION IN THE WORLD THAN THE DALEY CHICAGO MACHINE! They invented the stolen presidential election back in 1960. Sorry Bushies, the Daley's had you beat by forty years.

What does Bill Daley knwo about Communciations (SBC) and what does he know about Commericial Banking (JPM Chase).

McCain was reprimanded for his role in the Keating five as having poor judgment. So what do we call flying around the country in Keatings private jet with a now convicted felon? Thats right people McBush was campaigning in Keatings private jet knowing that Keating was a convicted felon. McCain tricks people into believing that he is running the straight talk express but its been anything but straight. The Keating mess left many people broke, they lost their homes, and Keating did little prison time for his part in that mess! Keating was dishing out bad loans to friends and relatives who were not paying those loans off. McCain fails to disclose to the IRS the gifts and money he received from Keating and when he was caught he donated the gifts. Don't forget big oil is good friends with McCain and Keating! Straight talk express is derailed!

I have lived in Chicago all my life (42 years)and I know what Daley is doing and what his father also did. Is Daley squeaky clean? No, by no means! Is Obama ? No, by no means. Is Mccain? No by no means. My point is that there will never be an elected person that will be. What we should be looking for is someone that is going to take care of "us" ! We are paying gas prices that are asatronomical and we cant even afford to pay our rents and mortgages! So let's stop all this back and forth stuff and talk about issues !!!

We all remember the McCain involvement with Keating and the savings and loan scandal that ruined so many people's lives, but isn't it amazing how quickly Neil Bush's involvement in the savings and loan scandal was so quickly covered up by the quick run-up to the Gulf war by his daddy, George H.W. Bush. You could not find one line about his involvement, even after the war. I guess Fox News and Clear Channel were already being paid off by Bush and his buddies.
Neil; where are you? Still doing crooked business in China?

I was advised to shorten my comments. Neil Bush;
George's brother, was also heavily involved, criminally, in the savings and loan scandal. His involvement, which was exposed nationally in most all the newspapers, was covered up by his father's quick run up to the Gulf War. Where is Neil now? Now, is this post acceptable?

Remember, when McCain says "reform" it means DEREGULATION. Reform from him and his friends means the opposite of what you and I think it means. Deregulation of the financial system is one of the really important pieces of the current economic crisis. The "reform" that took down the wall between speculative financial ventures and home-loan type banks.

When McCain offers to reform the financial system, look out because it means he's going to take more safeguards out (if there are any left).

What did Democrats subsidize with these gifts to ACORN?
http://hotair.com/archives/2008/08/28/another-acorn-fraud-in-ohio/

what does this mean??

I wish that everyone could get educated on the low morals of John McCain. All the affairs, changing his faith to fit politics, Keating Five, gambling, temper and foul language, sneaky and snide remarks. John, you are the one who doesn't get it, doesn't understand, and your demeaning comments are not fit for a president, and you embarass yourself and the Rep. So, my friends, look up all the info. about John on the internet..... it is revealing of who the real John is. "My friends......" who are you kidding J.M.?

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