The public letters between Alderman Mell and Chris Kelly on apologies and retractions has given at least one other former Blagojevich backers some inspiration.
Dominic Longo, an employee of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District and a political operative, has sent a letter to "Governor Milorad "Rod" Blagojevich" demanding that he and his press secretaries stop defaming Mr. Longo's work ethic. Longo is widely portrayed in the mainstream media as a corrupt operative (I have no basis to know whether the portrayals are true or not), and apparently Governor Blagojevich is echoing that line with the press.
The letter is a nasty little piece.
Illinois Leader broke this story and has the letter on its website here.
[UPDATE: Maybe Rich Miller broke it, I can't tell. I should stop saying who broke a story. . . .but since I don't subscribe to Capital Fax yet, the Leader broke it for me]
These are the nastiest bits:
Making a point of calling Rod by his apparently given name: Milorad. Why? Some sort of old school dig? As in: I know your real ethnic background, Milorad, and how dare you leave me behind like some 'wild and crazy guy' that you are embarrased to be seen with?
Arguing that Blagojevich committed to "making Dominic Longo a rich man" after his 1992 primary win for state representative.
A threat to sue Blagojevich personally, his campaign fund (which is the proverbial 'deep pocketed defendant' to look for in a civil case) and apparently, the State of Illinois by suing Blagojevich in his capacity as Governor (which would be a stretch).
And the final one that captures why these old school Northwest side politicos really have hurt feelings: "cease and desist from your wrongful conduct, irregardless of how ambitious you are and how important it is to distance yourself from Dominic Longo." They feel that they brought this young guy up into politics, and now that Blagojevich is in a position of power, he wants to publicly embarrass them in order to appear like a clean-government reformer to the average voter.
I guess I'd have a tad more sympathy for these old school guys if they weren't using Blagojevich in the first place in order to extract more of the commonwealth for their own personal purposes (jobs or contracts).
We really can't let this sort of stuff define the Democratic Party in any way. Makes me wonder where we would be if Paul Vallas were our governor.