NRN - Pressure Builds on Jarrett as Rep. King Questions "Gangster Government" in White House

"In Chicago, you have gangster government.  Valerie Jarrett's been

in the middle of that—she's been brokering power for a long time—and

the links she has with William Ayers and other nefarious characters

in Chicago tell us what we've got in the White House itself."

—Congressman Steve King (R-IA).

November 10th, 2009, Fairfax, VA—Pressure on the White House to fully disclose the role played by top Obama advisor Valerie Jarrett is continuing to build as Congressman Steve King (R-IA) became the first member of Congress to openly question Jarrett and Obama's role in the notoriously corrupt Chicago politics.

"In Chicago, you have gangster government.  Valerie Jarrett's been in the middle of that—she's been brokering power for a long time—and the links she has with William Ayers and other nefarious characters in Chicago tell us what we've got in the White House itself," said King in an exclusive interview with the Washington News Observer.

NetRightNation.com Director Adam Bitely said King's comments "reflect a growing trend of scrutiny being focused on the controversial role Valerie Jarrett has played in the Obama Administration—and her backroom wheeling and dealing as a Chicago power broker."

King said that Jarrett was "the one that actually hired Michelle Obama and put her into that link, which may well have been the link which tied Barack Obama into that machine—the Chicago machine.  We know what it is."

Michelle Obama, engaged at the time to Barack Obama, was hired in 1991 by then Deputy Chief of Staff Mayor Richard Daley—Jarrett.

According to a posting by Bitely on StopJarrett.com, Jarrett said at the recent World Economic Forum in Switzerland that, "I think knowing Chicago is essential to knowing America and our new President."

Bitely agreed in his posting, writing that Chicago is "infamous for its widespread culture of political corruption… in the past 30 years 79 local officials have been convicted of corruption."

Jarrett said in Switzerland that "In so many ways, he [Obama] embodies those timeless values that sum up the spirit of the city."

Bitely again agreed, writing that some of those values include, "the persistent tradition of machine and thug politics (mostly extinct elsewhere in the country) in the midst of which the President got his start in politics, evident in his electoral tactics: prior to the 2008 presidential election, the only election in which his opponents were not either thrown off the ballot because Obama's campaign challenged their required  signatures, or  hit by scandals from sealed divorce records, was his 2000 primary challenge against Democrat Bobby Rush (which resulted in a resounding defeat for the President)."

Bitely said that Congress should take a closer look at Jarrett.  "Jarrett's role in the pay-to-play Chicago 2016 Olympics bid and the NEA propaganda scandals warrant more scrutiny be paid," said Bitely, calling on new and old media outlets to continue publishing investigative reports about the top Obama advisor.

"The public has a right to know the truth.  Was the White House planning to shower Chicago machine politicians and interest groups with taxpayer subsidies once the Olympics were to come to the Windy City? How much of a role did the White House have in asking taxpayer-funded artists to create political propaganda? These questions need to be answered," Bitely said.

"Had Karl Rove been involved in such hijinks, it would have led the network news morning, noon, and night," Bitely concluded.