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By Sandy Grady | May 23, 1994
AS HE strode down the marble hallways, the Corridors of Clout, where he was once treated obsequiously as a king, Dan Rostenkowski was hounded by press watchdogs baying for blood."
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By ROGER SIMON | November 4, 1994
CHICAGO -- Rumor has it that somewhere in the nation, men and women are campaigning for Congress.They are making speeches. Buying TV ads. Debating opponents, discussing issues, asking for votes.But not here.Not in the 5th Congressional District of Illinois. Not on Chicago's North Side.Not where Danny Rostenkowski lives.Some might consider a 17-count federal indictment an impediment to re-election. To Rosty it is not even a pebble in his shoe.He has no TV or radio ads. He has no campaign manager.
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By ROGER SIMON C | March 2, 1994
CHICAGO -- Carol Ridley did not know she was mere window-dressing when she left her home on the South Side of Chicago Monday to go and meet the president of the United States.Snow was falling from a leaden sky, and traffic seemed as frozen as the dirty gray drifts that lined the streets.It was an agonizing trip, inching along for 90 minutes until she got to the Northwest Side, where the storefronts had names like "Szymanski's Deli" and the light poles had signs that said "Vote Rostenkowski."
NEWS
June 7, 1994
"There but for the grace of God, virtually the entire Congress of the United States walks in Dan Rostenkowski's shoes. For mixed among the serious charges -- like witness tampering -- were some all-too-common congressional practices."So wrote a New York journalist, who then quoted an aide to "a leading straight-arrow Democratic" representative as saying: "Holder indicted an entire era, not a man. Maybe the entire era should be indicted -- but to pursue some of those things as felonies is just overkill.
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By ROGER SIMON | November 4, 1994
CHICAGO -- Rumor has it that somewhere in the nation, men and women are campaigning for Congress.They are making speeches. Buying TV ads. Debating opponents, discussing issues, asking for votes.But not here.Not in the 5th Congressional District of Illinois. Not on Chicago's North Side.Not where Danny Rostenkowski lives.Some might consider a 17-count federal indictment an impediment to re-election. To Rosty it is not even a pebble in his shoe.He has no TV or radio ads. He has no campaign manager.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | March 17, 1994
Rosty was cleared by the jurors he cares most about.Rabin always knew what he had to do. He also knew he needed for everybody to see Bill tell him.If Kurt runs for governor and Don runs for mayor, in a couple of years we can have another gubernatorial raid on The Block.The proposed welfare cap would punish babies for being born. The idea is that it should make unborn babies think twice before going all the way.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | June 1, 1994
Rosty is going to fight. It may not be good government, but it is good theater.What good is a White House job if you can't take a measly chopper to a crummy round of golf?Hungary is one country where capitalism is working but the people freely voted Communist anyway.The Clinton crowd in Washington is debating whether to invade Haiti. Generals in Port-au-Prince are debating whether to invade the U.S.
NEWS
By Roger Simon and Roger Simon,Sun Columnist | June 5, 1994
CHICAGO -- On the morning of the worst day of his life, on the day he would be called a swindler, a thief and a liar on national television, Dan Rostenkowski sat alone, connected to the world only by a telephone.A call came in from a well-wisher, not an important call, just another call from the legion of people who owed something to Rostenkowski, to Rosty, to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.Rosty took the call and, to the surprise of the caller, he did not seem down in the dumps.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | July 26, 1993
In 1980, when Dan Rostenkowski could have taken steps that might have led to his becoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, he decided to become chairman of the Committee on Ways and Means instead.It was a somewhat unusual choice.Rostenkowski was not an expert on taxes. He was not a lawyer. He was not even a college graduate.But he knew something very, very important about public life:It doesn't last forever. Not even for a Democrat from Chicago."I figured if you wanted to be where the action is, you're certainly going to be in the eye of the hurricane in Ways and Means," Rostenkowski told a reporter.
NEWS
By CLARENCE PAGE | June 3, 1994
Washington. -- I think I'll ask my boss for a favor. I wonder if he'd mind if I reimburse myself out of the office expense account for stamps I never really purchased. Not just a few stamps. I'm talking about $10,000 or $20,000 worth of stamps.Or maybe I'll ask my boss to pay, say, another $20,000 to a friend of mine who will then cash the check and split the money with me?Or how about letting me have a half-dozen or so of the company pool cars for, say, the rest of my life? No down payment?
NEWS
By Roger Simon and Roger Simon,Sun Columnist | June 5, 1994
CHICAGO -- On the morning of the worst day of his life, on the day he would be called a swindler, a thief and a liar on national television, Dan Rostenkowski sat alone, connected to the world only by a telephone.A call came in from a well-wisher, not an important call, just another call from the legion of people who owed something to Rostenkowski, to Rosty, to the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.Rosty took the call and, to the surprise of the caller, he did not seem down in the dumps.
NEWS
By CLARENCE PAGE | June 3, 1994
Washington. -- I think I'll ask my boss for a favor. I wonder if he'd mind if I reimburse myself out of the office expense account for stamps I never really purchased. Not just a few stamps. I'm talking about $10,000 or $20,000 worth of stamps.Or maybe I'll ask my boss to pay, say, another $20,000 to a friend of mine who will then cash the check and split the money with me?Or how about letting me have a half-dozen or so of the company pool cars for, say, the rest of my life? No down payment?
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | June 1, 1994
Rosty is going to fight. It may not be good government, but it is good theater.What good is a White House job if you can't take a measly chopper to a crummy round of golf?Hungary is one country where capitalism is working but the people freely voted Communist anyway.The Clinton crowd in Washington is debating whether to invade Haiti. Generals in Port-au-Prince are debating whether to invade the U.S.
NEWS
By Sandy Grady | May 23, 1994
AS HE strode down the marble hallways, the Corridors of Clout, where he was once treated obsequiously as a king, Dan Rostenkowski was hounded by press watchdogs baying for blood."
NEWS
May 8, 1994
If House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dan Rostenkowski should be indicted soon for financial irregularities, this would be a grievous blow to President Clinton's top legislative objective: health care reform. While Mr. Rostenkowski did the Clinton cause no good with his assertion April 22 that reform would require tens of billions of dollars in higher taxes on virtually all citizens, he remains a crucial administration player in the fierce health care battle on Capitol Hill.An indictment, possibly even before Memorial Day, couldn't come at a worse time for reform advocates.
NEWS
By DAN BERGER | March 17, 1994
Rosty was cleared by the jurors he cares most about.Rabin always knew what he had to do. He also knew he needed for everybody to see Bill tell him.If Kurt runs for governor and Don runs for mayor, in a couple of years we can have another gubernatorial raid on The Block.The proposed welfare cap would punish babies for being born. The idea is that it should make unborn babies think twice before going all the way.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | July 25, 1993
Joseph "Big Joe Rusty" Rostenkowski was a Chicago alderman of the old school. He was loud and rough-edged and kept a tavern on the ground floor of his home.He lived by the simple rules that guided Chicago politics then as now: Reward your friends, punish your enemies, and always know which is which.Big Joe Rusty married Priscilla Dombrowski -- they lived in a large Polish enclave on the city's Northwest Side -- and they had twin daughters, Gladys and Marcia, and a son, Daniel David.Dan was the charmer of the family, a born leader who as a child would come down to the tavern and listen to the barbershop quartets and mingle with the crowd.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | March 4, 1994
CHICAGO -- "Money," Roman Pucinski is saying as Dan Rostenkowski takes the stage. "It's about money."Pucinski should know. He and Rostenkowski were both elected to Congress from Chicago in 1958. While Rosty stayed to become chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Pucinski returned home after 14 years to serve as an alderman, a seat he held until 1991.Now, at age 74, his voice reduced to a whisper, he still helps out a friend in need, he still serves The Machine.This is the Democratic Machine whose obituary has been written by the media for decades but which still manages to return people like Dan Rostenkowski to Congress.
NEWS
March 17, 1994
For a president who takes his victories where he finds them, the triumph of House Ways and Means Committee chairman Dan Rostenkowski in his Chicago primary battle must have been especially sweet. President Clinton had gone to Chicago to campaign for Mr. Rostenkowski despite the threat of an indictment that still hangs over the powerful congressman. In so doing, he put his prestige on the line while underscoring how crucial Mr. Rostenkowski is to the administration agenda.Had Mr. Rostenkowski been defeated, his control over Ways and Means would have eroded.
NEWS
By ROGER SIMON | March 4, 1994
CHICAGO -- "Money," Roman Pucinski is saying as Dan Rostenkowski takes the stage. "It's about money."Pucinski should know. He and Rostenkowski were both elected to Congress from Chicago in 1958. While Rosty stayed to become chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, Pucinski returned home after 14 years to serve as an alderman, a seat he held until 1991.Now, at age 74, his voice reduced to a whisper, he still helps out a friend in need, he still serves The Machine.This is the Democratic Machine whose obituary has been written by the media for decades but which still manages to return people like Dan Rostenkowski to Congress.
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