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July 29, 2005

Swing and a painful miss


Gary Skoien's goal was to decapitate Chicago Mayor Richard Daley but
ended up getting his own head handed to him.

Skoien, the Cook County Republican chairman, earlier this week offered a $10,000 reward to anyone that could provide information leading to the mayor's indictment and conviction. Apparently, any charge, any conviction would do.

The mayor was unamused. He said the stunt was "completely over the top" and "below the belt" (which makes him guilty of confusing metaphors but that's not a crime so I guess there's no reason to apply for the award).

Anyway ... turns out that Skoien's employer was just as unamused as the mayor. Michael Reschke, chief executive office of the Chicago real estate development firm for which Skoien works, fired him. "I think it was inappropriate and irresponsible. I don't think he should continue in his role with the company," Renschke said.

Live by the sword, die by the sword.

Posted by jcb at July 29, 2005 02:02 PM


Trying to score political points for cheap political stunts (like this one attacking Daley) is an old game for partisan attack dogs of both political parties. My sense of this is that the
U.S. Attorney and all of his investigators are doing enough, and they don't need a partisan PR trick to help.

Posted by: Porter McNeil at July 29, 2005 06:43 PM