Billionaire Illinois Democratic candidate for Governor J.B. Pritzker can’t escape the taint of ex-Governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich. He’s now facing the second Blagojevich scandal of his campaign.
Just months ago, the Pritzker campaign was rocked by the release of FBI wiretaps that caught the billionaire on tape in 2008 trying to use his powerful connections to score an appointment by Blagojevich to statewide office. Blagojevich was later arrested for trying to sell President Barack Obama’s US Senate seat.
Now, Pritzker is under fire for another possible pay-to-play Blagojevich scheme.
On Wednesday the Chicago Tribune released a front-page story detailing how Pritzker and his wife contributed $100,000 to Blagojevich’s re-election campaign, and four days later Blagojevich announced a million-dollar state grant for a museum for which Pritzker was chief fundraiser. It raises serious concerns of campaign cash for taxpayer money.
The Chicago Tribune writes, “In Illinois politics, timing is everything.”
It’s just more proof that billionaire J.B. Pritzker uses his deep pockets and insider status to buy what he wants. Illinois doesn’t need another crooked politician as Governor.