Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, now a lobbyist for “Dickstein Shapiro” and no, I didn’t make that name up – it’s a Washington law firm that might as well be called “Dickstein Shapiro” I guess, or “DorkByte Goldmember” – whatever – is rallying the Republican Illinois troops to pass… wait for it: Amnesty.
Gee – who’d a thunk? These GOP guys just flat-out want Amnesty and they’re going to get it for their masters, aren’t they? Sure seems so.
Former Speaker of the House Denny Hastert, now a K Street lobbyist, is gathering with several Chicago Republicans for a public event aimed at yet again building support in Washington for amnesty. In a February Politico op-ed, he endorsed the House GOP leadership immigration “principles” writing of illegal aliens that “we should provide them with a path to citizenship.”
Hastert is headlining an Illinois Business Immigration Coalition (IBIC) conference at Chicago’s prestigious Chicago Club on Tuesday. IBIC is billing the event as a “roundtable before hundreds of immigrant business and technology company leaders to support common sense immigration reform.” Hastert served for eight years from the late 1990s until the mid-2000s as Speaker of the U.S. House while representing Illinois’ 14th Congressional District as a Republican.
Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Aaron Schock (R-IL) will deliver video testimonials in support of amnesty for the event. Other high-profile Chicago Republicans who will join Hastert’s and IBIC’s push for amnesty on Tuesday include former Illinois governors Jim Edgar and James Thompson and state comptroller Judy Baar Topinka.
The event is being pushed by business interests in Illinois, notably billionaire Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s political advocacy firm FWD.us, various Chamber of Commerce chapters, Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman and energy company Exelon chairman John Rowe—who is infamous in anti-amnesty circles for attacking American workers in a February 2013 Chicago television interview.
When Republicans had rejected amnesty yet again last October, despite his donations to pro-amnesty GOP members of Congress like Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), House Budget Committee chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Schock of Illinois. “It’s absolutely frustrating. It’s terribly concerning,” Rowe said of the conservative opposition to amnesty.
I guess I’ll just keep telling you about the Republicans and how they love ObamaCare and Amnesty and you just keep voting Republican and pretending they’re different than the Democrats.
When I see you in the gulag, I’m going to kick your ass, by the way.