Fresh Paint
Tuesday, November 09, 2004
Latest Rising Star
PJStar.com - Journal Star News
CHICAGO - A former Cook County prosecutor was chosen Saturday to fill the state Senate spot vacated by U.S. Sen.-elect Barack Obama.

Kwame Raoul, 40, was sworn in after Democratic committeemen interviewed seven candidates to represent the 13th District on Chicago's South Side.

"I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and starting immediately," said Raoul, who currently serves as an attorney with the City Colleges of Chicago. Officials had been pressed to choose Obama's replacement quickly because the General Assembly's fall veto session starts Monday.
This is good. No muss, no fuss, no hard feelings, and a new star rises from the community, though the Hyde Park-Kenwood CC grumbles a little about not having any input.

And the State Senate wished Obama a fond goodbye as Barack poked fun at his fame. Speaking of his book, he said
When it went on the New York Times bestseller list this year, he said, "I was feeling pretty good about that, until I looked on the hardcover list, and the one that was shooting up the fastest was Jenna Jameson's 'How to Make Love Like a Porn Star: (A Cautionary Tale),' which gave you some sense of the degree to which celebrity and worthiness don't always go hand in hand in this culture."
For a moment I thought he'd written a new one, and I got a hot flash. You all know how I feel about this man.

Don't forget, he'll be having a few town meetings this week and onward. This is good. He needs to see for himself what's what in the less-democratic-ridden areas of the state.

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