Congressman Bobby Rush

Representing the 1st District of Illinois

Rush Statement on Pritzker–Blagojevich Audio From FBI Wiretaps

Feb 6, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON — Today, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) released the following statement on the newest Pritzker–Blagojevich audio from FBI wiretaps:

“It was discouraging to hear the despicable conversation between J.B. Pritzker and former Governor Rod Blagojevich, as they discuss leaders in the African-American community in such a dismissive and disrespectful manner.  It was particularly jarring to listen to this audio as the country celebrates Black History Month and reflects on the historical and cultural accomplishments of our community.  To hear these men describe the ways in which they believe they are covered “on the African-American thing” is simply outrageous.  Black people are not “things” nor is the black community a collection of political pawns on a chessboard to be moved around and manipulated by privileged white men.  In that regard, former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr. refused to accept his apology and the African-American community deserves a more committed and sincere expressive change of heart.  This type of rhetoric and thinking has no place in public discourse and should be widely condemned.”