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Democrats react to indicted ex-lawmaker's re-election

Wed, 07 Nov 2012 15:27:12 CST
By: IPR


   Some Illinois officials are reacting to Derrick Smith's Election Day victory. Smith used to be the state representative for Chicago's West Side, until he was arrested for taking a bribe in exchange for office services. He's pleaded not guilty, but that didn't stop legislators from kicking him out of his seat. It also didn't stop voters from electing him back to his old seat. Smith beat opponent Lance Tyson, who had the support of several Democratic leaders. Congressman Danny Davis, a friend of Smith's, says Smith won for a few reasons. For one, he says Tyson was picked by party leaders to run, and not the voters of the district. Davis says, "We condemn people rather quickly once they are alleged to have done something." When asked if the House should kick Smith out once again, Governor Pat Quinn said, '"We'll let that go by for now." The House is not allowed to oust a representative twice for the same reason.


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