Shocker. Chuck Turner Plays The Race Card; UPDATE: Turner Gets The Boot, Blames The Irish

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The usual players of the race card are out in force trying to shame the Boston City Council into allowing Chuck Turner to keep his job.  Last month Turner was convicted in federal court of accepting a $1000 bribe in exchange for helping a Boston business man secure a liquor license.   As the City Council considers his fate he is playing the race card. 

“Why would they go after a 67-year-old man except to shut my mouth?” Turner said yesterday. “This is all about the U.S. government trying to silence a black man who stood up for 44 years and spoke truth to power. And now the council is being asked to go along with the plot to silence me.”

Petitions to “keep Chuck Turner on Boston City Council and out of jail” have been posted on the leftist Web site RevLeft.com as well as the International Action Center, a New York-based social justice organization. Several city councilors have been bombarded with hundreds of e-mails from across the country.

“We think this is a huge political attack by the FBI,” said Edward Childs, a spokesman for the International Action Center’s Boston chapter. “This is a political attack on the civil rights movement in this country — no different than they did with Martin Luther King and Malcolm X and many others.”

Welcome to the post-racial world Obama’s election ushered in.

UPDATE: Turner has been expelled from the Boston City Council by a 11-1 vote.  And it’s all because of the Irish

The ethnically mixed council, which includes five members with Irish surnames, voted 11-to-1 on a motion by President Michael Ross to expel Turner, marking the first time the board has booted a member.

“Those Irish men and women forgot their history,” Turner bellowed outside City Hall last night, referring to the council. “James Michael Curley is ashamed of his descendants.”

Former Mayor Raymond L. Flynn took umbrage with Turner’s tirade, saying, “I’m a very proud Irish Catholic politician, and I am very disturbed with such a comparison. It’s completely unacceptable, and I’m sad that Mr. Turner . . . would make that statement. Nobody should use his name in their own defense because Jim Curley’s record stands out more so than anybody. Councilor Turner was misguided.”

State Rep. Eugene O’Flaherty, a Charlestown Democrat, said he didn’t take “personal offense” to Turner’s harangue but felt it was out of bounds.

“What I don’t understand is how anything about it could be directed at any one racial or ethnic group. That’s completely uncalled for,” O’Flaherty said.

Tell, me Superfly: What Irish man or woman was holding a gun to your head when you accepted $1000 from an FBI informant?

Obama’s Most Frequent White House Guest Part Of FBI’s SEIU Corruption Probe

Former SEIU boss, Andy Stern, is reportedly part of an FBI corruption probe. Stern, the most frequent guest of the Obama White House in 2009, is also a member of Obama’s Fiscal Commission.

WASHINGTON — The feds are probing former labor leader Andy Stern — one of the most frequent visitors to the Obama White House last year — in a corruption investigation of the Service Employees International Union, according to sources who have been interviewed and media reports.

The FBI and Labor Department investigators are examining $150,000 in fees that an ex-California union boss got as part of an alleged no-work job, and are looking into the details of a $175,000 advance that Stern got in a deal for his book, “A Country That Works.”

Stern, who unexpectedly quit his union post last summer, was the top visitor to the White House in 2009, going there 24 times that year alone.

The White House had no response.

Natch.  Let the stonewalling begin.

MA Hack Alert! Bra-Stuffing Bribe Recipient To Plead Guilty

Dianne Wilkerson, (D-Hackkville) is going to plead guilty in federal court today. 

The plea agreement Wilkerson struck with federal prosecutors was not made public, according to court documents filed yesterday.

The Roxbury Democrat was scheduled to go to trial June 21 on charges of extortion, theft of honor services and mail and wire fraud stemming from her allegedly pocketing $23,500 in payola between 2002 and 2008 in exchange for her paving the way for a nightclub liquor license and land development.

Wilkerson was secretly photographed – and immortalized – jamming $1,000 into her bra by an undercover operative at an upscale Beacon Hill brasserie. Neither she nor her attorney Max Stern returned calls for comment.

This was not Wilkerson’s first brush with the law.

Wilkerson, who voters chose not to return to a seventh term in office one month before her October 2008 arrest, is an attorney, but has been suspended from practicing law for more than a decade because of her 1997 conviction for willful failure to file federal income tax returns, and for subsequently violating the terms of her probation by breaking a 9 p.m. curfew.

My hunch is she will avoid jail time by taking the guilty plea.  Judging from her track record, she will violate probation and wind up in the can or under house arrest.

Another day, another corrupt Democrat facing a judge in criminal court.