The December 19, 2018, Tribune column by John Kass calls Rod Blagojevich a “weasel.”
One definition I found says a weasel is “a deceitful or treacherous person.”
The Kass column would be of passing interest to McHenry County residents except for the manufactured threat promoted by the Northwest Herald when a comment was made on McHenry County Blog.
Under the story about former McHenry County Board member Diane Evertsen’s chiding of Board members for not standing up to Jack Franks, a comment was made about knowing someone who would kill weasels.
Here it is:
I know a fellow who specializes in terminating weasels of all kinds.
His prices are very reasonable. $5,000 each.
If you need it to look like an accident $10,000 each.
Let me know on this blog.
(Read all of the comments here.)
Franks interpreted the satire as a death threat, at least that is what he apparently told the Sheriff, States’ Attorney and NWH.
The Northwest Herald thought it was front page news.
(When the Northwest Herald reporter called for my reaction, I started laughing.
(Franks’ report of fearing for his life was that ridiculous.)
The Sheriff provided some sort of protection.
The Lakewood Police investigated.
The State’s Attorney pondered what was discovered, deciding there was no credible threat.
The Northwest Herald wrote another story headlined:
Blog ‘threat’ against Jack Franks traced to husband of McHenry County Board candidate Ersel Schuster
Then Franks’ campaign operatives, through the Illinois Integrity Fund (sic), used the “death threat” to attack the County Board candidacy of Ersel Schuster.
Here’s the context of John Kass’ calling Blagojevich a “weasel” in a piece that also covered the death of two Chicago Policemen hit and killed by a train they did not see:
And Dr. King, Gandhi and Mandela never said, “I’ve got this thing, and it’s (bleeping) golden.”
Blagojevich, the weasel, said it.
Here’s the thing about weasels.
When you’re running, searching for man with a gun, you don’t want a weasel as backup.
Weasels can marry the daughter of the Democratic ward boss, but that’s not enough to become governor. Blagojevich was pushed into office by other nationally prominent Illinois Democrats. Among them were the Daleys, and future mayor Rahm Emanuel and future president Barack Obama, and Patti’s ward boss father, Dick Mell.