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Republican Presidential candidate and conservative blogger Andy Martin explores the peculiar political career of former Quaker Oats executive Bill Smithburg’s son, “Little Tommy” Smithburg
“Little Tommy” is in a heated race to purchase the Republican Party’s 42nd Ward Committeeman post in
Andy says Smithburg’s robo-calls and nasty mailers are taking politics in a seamy ward to a new low in sliminess
Even senile Republican “Warbucks” Jack Roeser has a bit role in this farce
Forty years ago I moved into
The 42nd Ward Democratic Committeeman and Cook County Board President, George Dunne, and I became polite friends. Dunne was always trying to recruit me to become a “machine” politician. Politely I declined. Dunne once accused Dick Kay, WMAQ-TV’s political reporter, of being my “campaign manager.” Kay is now a flack on
The Crime Syndicate once tried to end my political career prematurely, if you know what I mean. But that’s a story for another day.
I have been a colorful part of a colorful ward but I have always maintained my corruption-fighting independence and integrity. That's not an easy thing to do in
The latest circus in the 42nd Ward revolves around a wealthy retired Quaker Oats executive, Bill Smithburg, and his son “Little Tommy” Smithburg. Little Tommy’s sole claim to fame at the age of 24 is that while serving as the president of a Northwestern University fraternity he arranged for the “Half Pint Brawlers,” a performing dwarfs show, to appear at his fraternity during “rush” (recruitment) season. You can read the links and decide how much weight to give to Tommy’s bad judgment four years ago. Tommy claims the dwarf incident was a “learning experience.” (Isn’t that the phrase Obama is always using?)
Little Tommy’s daddy has given nearly a third of a million dollars to Illinois Republican candidates and “committees.” When the checks mount up into the hundreds of thousands,
There are even charges of “money-laundering” involving Little Tommy’s dad and senile Republican Daddy Warbucks Jack Roeser. (The details of all of these allegations can be found in the long list of links below which accompany and document this reporting.)
Today I got my first robo-call for Little Tommy. Hapless and incompetent former gubernatorial candidate Bill Brady of
What makes Little Tommy a complete joke is that he exemplifies everything that is crass and corrupt and just plain wrong about politics, both in
Earlier this week, a senior Goldman executive resigned—by publishing a resignation letter in the New York Times calling the firm utterly corrupt and mendacious (link below-“Why I am Leaving Goldman Sachs”). So Mr. Smithburg doesn’t really have the kind of job “experience” that would commend him to his neighbors.
Tommy says he is now working at a “healthcare-focused lower middle market private equity firm in
But perhaps I’m being unfair to Little Tommy. Maybe he really is an earnest young man that wants to “serve” 42nd Ward Republicans. As they say in the TV infomercials, “but wait, there’s more.”
Little Tommy’s robo-callers tell me Tommy has “new ideas” and that he wants to “grow the Republican Party.” Grrreat. There’s just one problem. All of the people Tommy’s daddy has been giving money to in the Republican Party are the same people that have devastated the party and created the current “Combine” of Republican and Democratic corruption. Tommy’s lead “endorser” is Corrupt-Republican-in-Chief State Chairman Pat Brady. Brady serves as the affable and innocuous front man for all of the Republican Party’s current sleaze.
So the obvious question is, how is Little Tommy going to make “changes” that would disenfranchise all of daddy’s political contacts who endorsed Little Tommy in the first place? It appears that Little Tommy’s words are just hollow claims that bear no connection to the tawdry reality of who is bankrolling and endorsing his candidacy.
Sadly, Little Tommy is no more than a front man for his father’s political cronies. Little Tommy is a fraud, a phony and a pitiful excuse for what passes for reform in the Illinois Republican Party. The political crooks are now so arrogant they run their own “reformers” to undermine legitimately independent candidacies.
Little Tommy’s web page says “It's time for a new day.” Maybe it’s “time for a new way.” Bill and Tommy Smithburg should take their millions elsewhere, and stop trying to pretend they are political reformers when they are only stooges for the worst elements in Republican Party politics.
On the other hand, Little Tommy would be a fine successor to crime syndicate hoodlums such as the late 42nd Ward Committeeman “Botchie” Connors, who ran one of the most successful gangster organizations in
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LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):
Smithburg’s midget adventure:
42nd Ward “history”:
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