PRLog (Press Release)
Aug 19, 2010
– Jerry Costello huffed and he puffed but in the
end, it was nothing but puffery and trickery at a press conference
designed to bolster the hopes of a district desperate for jobs and
economic growth. "Boeing has contributed tens of thousands of dollars to
Costello's campaigns in the last decade and has a vested interest in
keeping him in office" states Teri Newman, the Republican nominee for
the 12th district Congressional seat "so they send their people to a
press conference to bolster support for their boy".
Mrs. Newman is the first serious challenge Jerry Costello has faced
during a tenure marred by scandal nipping at his heels. Jerry Costello
was an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of Amiel Cueto, who was
convicted on June 11, 1997 of one count of conspiracy to defraud the
United States and three counts of obstructing justice. An ethics
complaint was filed on September 25, 1997, to request an investigation
into whether he violated criminal prohibitions against the acceptance of
an illegal gratuity or a bribe, whether he violated federal financial
disclosure requirements, and whether he tried to obstruct a federal
gambling investigation. Additionally, he took nearly 3 million dollars
in campaign contributions in 2000 and 2006 while running unopposed and
spent 1.2 million in the same cycles when he had no opponent in the
"Boeing has no skin in this deal as Illinois taxpayers ponied up the
2.3 million dollars in incentives" Mrs. Newman stated "and they can
pull out with impunity if they don't get the tanker contract, which
oddly enough will be announced AFTER the election. The U.S. Military has
been cutting back on defense contracts so the tanker contract may never
come to fruition and so there's nothing to keep Boeing from backing out
of the deal if they don't get the tanker contract".
"Also, this whole thing might just be smoke and mirrors to keep
Costello in office since they have invested so much money in keeping him
in Congress" she opined "and how do we know they won't send people from
St. Louis to fill the jobs Costello supposedly created?"
Boeing is famous for laying off workers in tough times, a pattern
they have followed for many years during the ups and downs of the U. S.
economy and the inhospitable business atmosphere of Illinois may not be
something they want to buy into for the long haul. Many businesses have
fled Illinois due to the high taxes and labor costs.
"Five years of effort for 75 jobs is a pretty lame effort if you ask
me" continued Mrs. Newman who is a successful businesswoman. "What
does Costello DO all day long?" she asked, "I could have brought in 75
jobs with an SBA loan and a McDonald's in 3 months without taxpayers
having to pay 2.3 million dollars in corporate welfare."