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Indicted State Rep Derrick Smith will Serve Through a Full Legislative Session While Awaiting Trial

Indicted, expelled and now reelected former State Rep. Derrick Smith will serve through a full legislative session as he awaits trial on federal bribery charges. His trial for allegedly accepting a $7,000 cash bribe has been set for October 2013. His House colleagues could kick him out again, but they can’t do it a second time on the bribery charges.

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Jesse White Hopes Derrick Smith Can Get Booted Out Twice

Secretary of State Jesse White was the political sponsor of indicted and now reelected former State Rep. Derrick Smith. Now he hopes the House — which kicked Smith out in August because of his pending bribery trial — can figure out a way to expel Smith a second time.

 

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Derrick Smith’s Turkey of a Reelection

It’s not about graft, it’s about turkeys. If State Rep. Derrick Smith is reelected on Tuesday, remember these words from today’s story on Huffington Post:

“I just vote Democrat all the way across. Whoever’s there, I give them a chance,’ said Percy Winfields, 74, a resident of an apartment complex that caters to seniors. Besides, Winfields said, Smith showed up before Christmas last year and delivered on a promise to provide turkeys to the tenants for the holiday.”

Derrick Smith Remains Optimistic on Re-election

The reelection campaign for State Rep. Derrick Smith will be a test of the iron-clad code of party loyalty for which Illinois politics is famous (or infamous). Facing trial for bribery charges and expelled from the House in August by his colleagues, Smith remains optimistic voters in his 10th District will return him to office.

Jesse White Making Sure Derrick Smith Won’t Win Re-election

Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White once mentored State Rep. Derrick Smith. Now he’s working to make sure Smith, facing a federal trial for bribery and ousted from the House in August, doesn’t win reelection in November, when polls show he is a heavy favorite as the Democratic incumbent against his third-party challenger.

Zorn: Do Dem’s Stand For Anything Aside from Self-Perpetuation?

Chicago Tribune columnist Eric Zorn asks a good question about why so many top Democrats aren’t working harder to prevent indicted/expelled State Rep. Derrick Smith from being reelected: “Voters were left to ask, does the Illinois Democratic Party stand for anything other than self-perpetuation?” Polls show Smith running away with his contest despite his expulsion from the House in August and his pending federal bribery trial.

State Rep. Derrick Smith on the Chopping Block

Opponents of indicted State Rep. Derrick Smith – who in August was expelled from the House by his colleagues yet who remains on the ballot for reelection – are getting aggressive and creative in their effort to defeat him.

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Derrick Smith: Caught on Tape Taking Bribe… prolly still re-elected.

State Rep. Derrick Smith, expelled by his House colleagues and allegedly caught on tape by the FBI taking a $7,000 cash bribe, gets an endorsement from a former Chicago alderman. The key reason: Smith is a Democrat and you should always vote a straight ticket. “I would hate to see anyone trying to split their ticket and miss voting for President Barack Obama,” writes former 28th Ward Ald. Ed Smith. Well, we hadn’t thought of that angle. http://www.austinweeklynews.com/main.asp?SectionID=3&SubSectionID=3&ArticleID=3910

Quote of the day: Chicago Alderman Ed Smith

Quote of the Day – “To vote for the Unity Party candidate, you will have to split your ticket, and I would hate to see anyone trying to split their ticket and miss voting for President Barack Obama.” Former Chicago Ald. Ed Smith (28th), endorsing the re-election of State Rep. Derrick Smith, who was expelled from the Illinois House after the FBI allegedly recorded him accepting a $7,000 cash bribe.

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