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    All the More Reason to NOT Support Obama

    Clinton PAL Bobby Rush: I'm supporting Obama

    January 27, 2007
    BY SCOTT FORNEK Political Reporter

    Calling it "one of the most difficult decisions that I've had to make in politics," Rep. Bobby Rush said Friday he is backing Barack Obama for president -- despite Rush's long friendship with rival White House hopeful Hillary Clinton and her husband.

    "Barack is a favorite son, and I'm going to be with Barack," Rush said of his fellow South Side Democrat. "I intend to work very hard with him and for him. And this challenge is going to be enormous, but I'm going to be with him. ... We come from the same neighborhood and represent the same constituency, and I'm going to be with my constituency and Sen. Obama."

    In 1991, Rush was the first elected official in Illinois to back Bill Clinton's first presidential run. He went on to serve as national director of voter registration for the Clinton-Gore ticket in 1992.

    Rush said it was Clinton who called him on the night of the Illinois primary that year with the news that Rush had won the Democratic nomination for the South Side's 1st Congressional District.

    "I was trying to ... get the results and everything, and he called me and congratulated me and informed me that I had won," Rush said. "It's one of the most difficult decisions that I've had to make in politics. Bill Clinton and the Clinton family are very close."

    'We buried the hatchet'

    Rush's relationship with Obama has been more rocky. It soured when Obama waged a failed bid to oust Rush from his congressional seat in 2000. Clinton helped Rush in that race, giving a rare primary endorsement and cutting 30-second radio spots singing Rush's praises.

    The incumbent congressman won with 61 percent to Obama's 30 percent in a four-candidate field -- an outcome a chastened Obama later laughingly called "a big spanking."

    Rush wasn't laughing when he backed another candidate, millionaire M. Blair Hull, over Obama in the 2004 primary for U.S. Senate. Still, when that year's Democratic National Convention rolled around, Rush had already climbed on the Barack bandwagon. The day of Obama's now-famous keynote speech, Rush was promoting him as a potential 2004 vice presidential candidate before Obama had uttered a word from the podium.

    "We buried the hatchet a long time ago," Rush said Friday. "We worked very closely together in Washington. He works very closely with the Congressional Black Caucus, and I look forward to his candidacy, and I'll be with him until the end."

    Rush said he hopes to concentrate on helping Obama "shore up his base" in the black community.

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    Like I am going to vote for or support anyone that a Black Panther Supports.


    * Democratic Member of Congress
    * Member of the radical Progressive Caucus
    * In 1968, went AWOL from the U.S. Army
    * Co-founder of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party
    * In 1969, served six months in jail for an illegal weapons conviction
    * Advocates reparations for African Americans



    Bobby Rush is a Democratic Member of Congress who represents the First District of Illinois, which includes roughly half of Chicago's South Side and the national headquarters of the Nation of Islam led by the racial demagogue Louis Farrakhan. Nearly two-thirds of the residents of this district are African-American that in 2000 gave George W. Bush only 15 percent of its votes.

    Rush was born in 1946 in Albany, Georgia but grew up on Chicago's North Side, where his mother was a Republican precinct captain. While serving in the U.S. Army 1963-1968, he became involved with the radical Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC). In 1968 he went AWOL and became co-founder of the gangster-ridden Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party (BPP), noted for intimidating local business people into making "donations" to Panther "charities." One BPP member recruited by Rush was Fred Hampton, who was killed in a December 4, 1969 police raid on Panther headquarters.

    Bobby Rush worked as a medical clinic director during the early 1970s, and as an insurance agent in the late 1970s and early 1980s. In 1983 he was elected a Chicago City Alderman, as was his political ally Harold Washington, who became the city's first black mayor. In 1984 Rush became a Second Ward Committeeman, a position he continues to hold two decades later in Chicago's distinctive politics.


    In 1992 Rush ran in the Democratic primary against a union-backed Congressman who faced a corruption scandal. Rush narrowly won and has held the seat since then. During this and other races, Bobby Rush has described his involvement with the Black Panthers as part of his maturation process, as a youthful indiscretion that he abandoned immediately after Hampton's death. He described his role mostly as running the Black Panther Party's Free Breakfast for Children program.


    But Bobby Rush served six months in jail for a 1969 illegal weapons conviction and, even after his release, in 1971 his comrades were still describing him as the "Deputy Minister of Defense" for the Black Panther Party in Illinois. In 1992 the socialist magazine In These Times praised fledgling congressional candidate Rush, writing that he "has continued to support progressive policies and has never disavowed his Panther past."


    Congressman Rush is a member of the radical Progressive Caucus in the House of Representatives. He is among the strongest congressional supporters of reparations for descendants of African-American slaves and supporters of the National Coalition of Blacks for Reparations (N'COBRA), which wants taxpayers to pay $8 trillion to black Americans. Rush told a congressional hearing that "The future of race relations will be determined by reparations for slavery."


    Rush is also among the biggest supporters of gun control in Congress. He proposed legislation that would regulate the sale and purchase of bullets. "Ultimately, I would like to see the manufacture and possession of handguns banned," said Rush, "…that's the endgame."


    In 1999 Rush's 29-year-old son Huey Rich was shot and killed. "My son's death was a senseless death," he told supporters the following day at Jesse's Jackson's Operation PUSH headquarters, blaming the gun rather than the criminal who pulled the trigger. "We've got to rid our communities of guns."


    In 2002 Rush's nephew was arrested and charged with murder in a case involving a South Side drug deal. Two years earlier Rush had proposed a government study of the decriminalization of illicit drugs as a way to reduce the violent gang "turf battle over drugs."


    Like most leftwing members of Congress, Rush voted against the use of force in Iraq and against allowing oil drilling on a mere 20 acres of the 1.2 million acre Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), thus voting to keep America dependent on Middle Eastern oil.


    Rush, however, has become one of the few Progressive Caucus members to receive more total campaign funding from business than from organized labor. His critics on the left have said that Rush "never met a telecommunications company he didn't like." In fact, some of his biggest contributors are telecommunications companies, including SBC and Verizon. More than 28 percent of his campaign contributions come from outside of Illinois.
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