Friday, May 4, 2007

Zeke Giorgi is spinning in his grave

Nobody's ever said that State Rep. Chuck Jefferson, the Rockford Democrat, is the sharpest knife in the drawer, and with good reason.

Yesterday, Jefferson took to the floor of the House to push for legislation that would allow Rockford to begin collecting an additional penny in sales taxes in July rather than having to wait until next year. But in his address to his fellow lawmakers, Jefferson read from the wrong bill; he extolled a measure having to do with railroad links to Winnebago County.

At no point in his remarks did it occur to Jefferson that he was talking about a matter completely unrelated to the tax legislation.

If the late and legendary E.J. "Zeke" Giorgi, whose House seat Jefferson now holds, was watching from that great General Assembly in the sky, he must have felt a heavenly cringe.

The story of Jefferson's flub is here.

1 comment:

Mr. Baseball said...

This is just another example of why we get so little from Springfield and Washington. We keep electing incompetent people who have little or no clout. If the local electorate would get past the phoney social issues in every campaign and vote for people who can get things done, we'd all be better off.