Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, who never misses a chance to carry water for the Dems, plugs Democratic congressional hopeful John Tree (who is running for the Dem nomination to take on Congressman Bob Dold in the November general election) by reposting a Tree press release touting his past quarter's fundraising and listing some new endorsements.
We can see how his fundraising stacks up against the other major Dem hopefuls, such as Ilya Sheyman and Brad Schneider, once they release their results (although I would suggest that Tree's $80K raised and $20K self-contribution ain't much to crow about), but I got a really evil chuckle after reading down his press release and seeing that one of the new top endorsements that Tree is bragging about is none other than our old friend and well-known Democratic hatchetman for Terry Link, "Sneaky" Pete Couvall:
I just never get tired of reposting that video.
You all remember Pete Couvall, right? His most recent claim to infamy was his hiring of two campaign workers to collect signatures for State Senator Terry Link, which workers ended up being indicted and pleading guilty when it was discovered that they had forged the names (some right out of the phone book, as well as a sampling of dead folks) on Link's nominating petitions in 2008.
I really thought Link and Couvall were going to go down in flames for that, but they somehow managed to escape lasting taint, and that dynamic duo has certainly not shied away from continuing involvement in politics.
Many folks in Waukegan could go on for hours with stories about Couvall, but I would venture to say that except for the folks who are directly involved and support the Link-Couvall power structure up there, Tree may lose half the Democratic voters in Waukegan (where Ilya Sheyman seems to be particulary strong, by the way) by associating himself with Couvall. Couvall has had a history of supporting questionable candidates and officials, including, among others, former Lake County Coroner Richard Keller (another guily plea there).
Desperate times may call for desperate measures, but for a guy who is seeking to take on a reformer mantle, I'm a bit surprised that Tree is out there looking for support from the likes of Couvall. Wow.