I've got a whole city to hold down

September 09, 2004

Tone deaf

Sun-Times gossip columnist Stella Foster reports that, according to South Side Congressman Bobby Rush, R. Kelly and his 14 pending felony charges for child pornography will headline a concert to benefit the Congressional Black Caucus Spouses Organization. (For those interested in attending, the event will be held Friday night at the Washington, DC Convention Center. Ticket prices range from $55 to $250.)

You might think politicians would like to hobnob with an alleged sex predator about as much as they'd like to have a nuclear waste dump built in their district.

You might think so, but you'd be wrong.

After all, Michael Jackson's multiple felony counts for child molestation weren't enough to keep Rush and south suburban US rep Jesse Jackson Jr. from posing with the Creep of Pop at the capitol in March. ("This man," Rush said then, "is going to lead the global effort ... to eliminate this scourge called AIDS.")

Fact is, when it comes to poor judgment among our congressmen, maybe there's something in the water. And it goes beyond bad taste in consorting with unsavory pop stars.

Consider that around the same time as the Jacko episode, another Chicago Congressman - Danny Davis - didn't just appear with the right-wing publishing magnate, cult leader and renowned nutcase Sun Myung Moon. In a ceremony at a Washington federal building, Rep. Davis actually crowned Moon as "humanity's savior, messiah, returning lord and true parent."