WCIA-TV is reporting that State Rep David McSweeney has taken court action to excise a video wishing him a happy retirement featuring former Governor Rod Blagojevich.
WICA reports, “John Bambenek, a Champaign Republican who ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Illinois state Senate in 2012, purchased the video and authored the script.”
The message linked McSweeney with Blagojevich and implied a relationship with the former Governor’s illegal activities.
A cease and desist letter, the station obtained, indicated that McSweeney thought House GOP Leader Jim Durkin was involved.
McSweeney has been harsh in his criticism of Durkin, especially with regard to keeping a negative Inspector General’s report of an unnamed colleague secret.
The story says the video
…needle[d] McSweeney for his close relationship with House Speaker Michael Madigan’s longtime confidante and clouted former lobbyist Mike McClain.
“If McSweeney wants to be chairman of the Mike McClain supper club, you’ll pardon me if I question his credentials as a reformer and conservative,” Bambenek said, dubbing McClain a ringleader in the “patronage class of the Democratic Party.”