Saturday, April 23, 2011

Who We're Dealing With in the Bert Corona Fiasco - Gutierrez 6

Exerpts.  There's more, but I'm sick of this worm.  Link at the bottom for full article. -- Faye

PSP member

1980s Chicago mayor Harold Washington's electoral coalition included many members of the Puerto Rican Socialist Party. Luis Gutierrez who became an Alderman under Washington belonged to the Marxist-Leninist Puerto Rican Socialist Party and was able to secure government funds for the PSP sponsored cultural center and for Party sponsored social services and ESL and GELD programs[4].

Received Free Upgrades on House

Convicted political fixer Tony Rezko gave U.S. Rep. Luis Gutierrez free upgrades on a riverfront town house after the congressman asked for them, Gutierrez told the FBI in a 2008 interview.

Gutierrez told the FBI that he and his wife had had dinner with Rezko and his wife, and that he told him that the price of the town home had gone up $35,000 in two weeks -- from $399,000 when they first visited a model home to $434,900. Considering that the price had risen, Gutierrez told Rezko he thought he should get some upgrades. The upgrades eventually included an additional bathroom and higher-quality carpeting.

The interview was done in spring 2008. At the time, Rezko was on trial for corruption involving state contracts under then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Rezko has been a campaign fund-raiser for Blagojevich as well as Gutierrez.[16]

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