There is one really good thing about this. At least James Comey, John Brennan, and James Clapper might see at least one friendly face when they enter prison. The second good part of this news is another Democrat is about to be taken off the streets. Rep. Luis Arroyo (D-Chicago) has been arrested for bribing an Illinois state Senator. The problem for Arroyo is that the Senator was working as an informant, and taped the entire conversation. He was offered $2,500 a month to show favorable treatment for one of his lobbying clients. Arroyo told the Senator, “I’m going to give you this here. This is, this is, this is the jackpot.”
Arroyo was amazingly released without bail. He is just the latest among many Democrats who have been arrested recently in Chicago for corruption and graft. The feds have not identified the Senator except as Cooperating Witness #1. Republicans are calling for Arroyo to resign, and if he doesn’t, the legislature can expel him with a 2/3rds majority vote. He could run again and win the seat back, but he could be expelled again for the same reason.
“So today begins the process of cleaning up this chamber,” said Illinois House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “The actions today go to the heart of public trust in state government.”
Meanwhile, Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan called on Arroyo to step down.
“The charges filed against Representative Arroyo are very serious. We have already contacted Representative Arroyo’s counsel to determine whether he will resign as state representative. I urge Representative Arroyo to resign from the House of Representatives, effective immediately. If he refuses, I will take the necessary steps to begin the process to remove him from office,” Madigan said in a statement. “Additionally, I have instructed my staff to begin bringing together stakeholders and experts to closely examine our ethics and lobbying laws and find ways to strengthen existing law.”