This explains LaHood's reluctance to back Winkel

This explains LaHood's reluctance to back Winkel

Whoa, now here's an interesting development in the saga of who will replace Jan Paul Miller as U.S. attorney for central Illinois.

This explains why Congressman Ray LaHood declined -- unlike U.S. Reps. Tim Johnson, Jerry Weller and John Shimkus -- to recommend state Sen. Rick Winkel, R-Urbana, for the U.S. attorney's position.

The younger LaHood certianly seems to be qualified, as an assistant U.S. attorney in Las Vegas. But the question about a potential conflict of interest, addressed in the Journal Star story, is a valid one.

Some people were concerned about Winkel's ability to fully investigate any wrongdoing by central Illinois Republicans, or by anyone with whom he may have had political dealings, including Democrats. I think the same concerns could be raised about Darin LaHood. Think he might have conflicts if one of his father's allies fell into trouble with the law?

One thing is for sure: Darin LaHood wouldn't have a chance if Peter Fitzgerald was still in the U.S. Senate. Ray LaHood and Peter Fitzgerald got along about as well as the Yankeees and the Red Sox.

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