As news swirls about the threats by President Obama's White House toward Bob Woodward, one of the most famous journalists in American history, one must wonder "what the hell are they thinking?"
Is this type of intimidation rare or common?
Well, in Aurora, Illinois, it happens ALL THE TIME.
Tom Weisner, the so-called mayor, thinks of himself as a dictator, king and bully-in-chief.
He has an extensive history of being vindictive, paranoid and wants to "get" anyone who dares to disagree, question or have another view.
Weisner's conduct over the years has ranged from stalking people's homes with certain campaign yard signs and calling them to harass them to remove it if it's someone he doesn't like to much more serious threats, acts of intimidation and attempts at personal harm and to destroy people's lives.
He's also a narcissist.
For proof, look around Aurora as he puts up large campaign signs to remind everyone he's the dictator-in-chief and he see his own name. He even has a a paid "staff" with consultants and spending tens of thousands.
Even though he doesn't have an opponent for the election.
To be fair, like all dictators, the problem usually can be traced long before he was given a throne.
In Weisner's case, you can go back before 2005 when was elected mayor.
Just ask the last two previous mayors of Aurora, David Stover and David Pierce, who Weisner worked for and eventually sabotaged.
Weisner's insecurity and inferiority complex surrounding Stover and Pierce is legendary and, even to this day, he's trying to make them look bad in a desperate attempt to make himself look good.
Or ask people who worked with him during the last two decades.
Ask a former Chief of Staff for the City of Aurora. Weisner attacked him at a city council meeting recently for daring to speak freely as a public citizen.
Ask the guy Weisner punched who was his tenant many years ago.
Ask anyone who's had to deal with Weisner after's he's had a too many "tall ones."
Ask the Aurora Police rank-n-file officers who Weisner has hated for years, but happy to exploit them. Ask them what they think of the dictator-in-chief.
Since becoming mayor with the power of the office and over TWO BILLION DOLLARS of taxpayer funds, with a mostly rubber-stamp city council, surrounded by incompetent staff, political mafia, union thugs and the cesspool of Aurora as his base, Weisner's behavior, threats and bully tactics have only become worse, both in public and behind-the-scenes.
The former local newspaper for Aurora, the old Beacon-News, which eventually went bankrupt and now has moved to Chicago, has been the target of many media threats over the years.
From "you won't get access" to pressure from certain old-guard crony advertisers, Weisner has always been attempting to intimidate and control media.
He has a harder time when the media is from outside Aurora because he can't "control" them and, they don't give a damn about who he is, as illustrated by this example just this week with the BGA/CBS investigation into Weisner:
Given the widespread corruption, incompetence and lies coming from the Weisner regime over the years, the old newspaper would have been smarter to just report on it and let their readers see what was going on.
Instead, they buckled, chose to "get along" and be an extension of the old-guard.
Meanwhile, OpenlineBlog took a much different approach and went head-on into the issues, regardless of who's who. However, our entire team learned very quickly that's not supposed to be the way things work in this community.
You don't do things your own way in Aurora. You do it the Aurora Way.
If not, as the mayor sent us a message through one of his thugs, "you'll regret it."
And, so it began...the threats, acts of intimidation and attempts to harm our team, contributors, contacts, interns and anyone who dared to speak up, ask a question or have a different view. We have seen it all.
When one of Weisner's top cronies told us a few years back "you need to stop targeting the mayor OR ELSE..." we created this dartboard and sent one to the mayor for his office decor since he was planning to buy a $14,000 desk with taxpayer funds:
And, yes, in case you are wondering, the only way to score is to hit the target head-on.
That's the OpenlineBlog Way...sorry cronies!
Recently, a well-known local law enforcement official in private communication with us wanted to know why we don't put the names of our team, interns, contributors out there.
In Aurora, Illinois, the most dangerous people to us are not the gangbangers and drug dealers lurking around our neighborhoods. In fact, we work very cooperatively with police to avoid those problems and we know those will be dealt with if necessary.
Instead, it's the political goons, government gangbangers, big shot bullies and taxpayer exploiters who are often receiving big paychecks at your expense, getting contracts or manipulating and scheming everyone.
Those thugs are the ones that are doing far more overall harm to this city.
But Tom Weisner isn't the only bully. He's just one of many..
Here's just a FEW examples.
Mark Guethle and Chuck "Shorty" Anderson, two union thugs connected to many schemes. They routinely use their union positions to exert power over politicians and threaten business to "comply" with their demands.
Robert Vaughan, the former director of the Fox Valley Park District, who collects an estimated $175,000 pension from taxpayers, runs Weisner's campaign and also takes another $144,000 from the Dunham Fund, which has turned into a philanthropic political slush fund to be used and abused by the mayor's cronies.
In fact, Bob Vaughan, not Tom Weisner, may be the most powerful person in the city. Bob Vaughan runs the city. Tom Weisner must answer to him. Why? Bob smart...Tom dumb.
A much different type of bully is Vernon LaVia, the house spouse of State Rep Linda Chapa-LaVia, who has failed as most every business he's started yet claims he's the smartest guy on earth.
He is currently involved in a scheme to exploit over a MILLION DOLLARS with a pizza place scheme that would personally benefit his wife and himself at taxpayer expense.
As one viewer noted recently, "Vernon LaVia likes to think of himself as a Joe Pesci character, ya know an 'I-talian' tough guy, when he's actually just Pee Wee Herman driving around in his wife's car with official legislative plates and live under her shadow."
There's also Terry Bohr, the head of Wegman Construction, who "coincidentally" gets construction contracts in Aurora and John Cordogan, who "coincidentally" gets design contracts...and also "coincidentally" employs the mayor's son, all while "coincidentally" stuffing the mayor's pockets with cash.
In the last few weeks, there have been several examples of threats swirling around this City of Aurora, Illinois, including...
...a prominent public official was threatened by one of the above bullies with blackmail that he would be exposed for "bribery" even though it was completely false and while the same bully is involved in a scheme to ripoff taxpayers.
The mayor has personally threatened and tried to intimidate citizens. Yes, really.
Sources say another public official was encouraged to "stay home" and not show up for a vote because he might vote "no."
Yet another public official who had previously voted no on a scheme switched his vote to "yes" after he received certain reminders of consequences.
People that have communicated with OpenlineBlog or have been mistakenly assumed to be working with us have been attacked, stalked and threatened.
City officials and the mayor have been spreading viscious lies about an aldermanic candidate and trying to destroy lives in the process to help insure their crony candidate wins.
The mayor himself tried to convince certain candidates to exit their campaigns.
A crony candidate supported by the mayor told another candidate that if this person left the race, he would work with an aide to the mayor, a former alderman and primary driver, to get him "taken care of" with a job in the city.
Union thugs associated with the mayor threatened workers with certain campaign signs in their yards they wouldn't get any work unless they removed those signs.
Another resident who had a sign mysteriously had his windows of his car smashed the day after he refused to remove a sign for someone the mayor doesn't like.
An old-guard alderman ran away from a citizen when he was asked why he didn't protect taxpayers. God forbid, what if he had been asked why he didn't stop corruption?
The list goes on and on...and, again, that's just the last few weeks.
The mayor even now tries to lecture the public who dares speak at city council meetings. Tom Weisner MUST have the last word as if he's king and dictator of the world.
So, for those that may believe Washington DC or even Chicago is the center of threats, acts of intimidation or attempts at personal harm by government gangbangers, welcome to Aurora, Illinois, trying to be second to none for corruption, bullies, schemes and misconduct, under Tom Weisner.
And, for those of you who believe government should be run by people for the people, not run by dictators to keep their regimes in control as long as possible, we would simply say history is full of examples of dictators like Tom Weisner who eventually took a fall.