Collins Demands Apology From White For Comparing Her To Blago

UPDATED 02/20/12 6:43 a.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — State Sen. Annazette Collins (D-Chicago) is demanding an apology from Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White for recent newspaper comments about her.

In Saturday’s Chicago Sun-Times, White compared Collins to convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

White described Collins as “the most unethical person in government. You can almost put Blagojevich beside her.”

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Collins threatened a libel lawsuit if White does not apologize by Tuesday morning, when the courts reopen after the Presidents Day holiday weekend.

“I demand an apology to me, my family and my friends,” Collins said.

She said the comparison to Blagojevich was unacceptable.

“We find his comments malicious and irresponsible and we will not take it lightly,” Collins said. “He has the nerve to compare me to a convicted felon, a person who was convicted for selling his office? Those comments are malicious.”

But White wasn’t backing down from his criticism.

“I’m not going to apologize, no,” White said.

White nominated Collins to fill State Sen. Rickey Hendon’s seat after he retired, but White said Sunday he didn’t know about allegations that she didn’t live in her district and awarded legislative scholarships to students outside the district in violation of state law for legislative scholarships.

“She’s a person who is not honorable, she’s not credible. I thought a lot … of her at the time, but I think less of her now,” White said. “She can ask for an apology, but that apology will not be forthcoming.”

He also said Collins sent out flyers claiming she could get constituents’ drivers licenses back after they lost them, “indicating that she had pull within the Secretary of State’s office that would bring that about and I found that to be offensive.”

Collins disputed the White’s claims against her. She insists she does indeed live in her district, and so do the recipients of the scholarships she awarded — although some of those students might have moved since then.

  • non

    Good for you Jesse. You’re one of the few democrates i would ever vote for, and simply the most honest we have.

  • john

    thank you jesse white…you have restored my confidence.

  • Tommy

    Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White should have run for the Office of the Governor a long time ago. I have a feeling that he would have made it, but he is just too old to consider it now.



  • Barker

    First impression. Jesse White is right.

  • American Patriot

    Right on Jesse!!!!

  • Afro

    HAHA Jesse built her now he is trying to get rid of her before he gets caught along side her GOOD OLD ILLINOIS CORRUPTION

  • Afro

    What about if Jesse white handing out handicap placards with out verifying that a real Dr. filled the form?

  • Lyndia

    I would never vote for Jesse White. His endorsement of Mendoza was a little to much for me.

  • roboplanes

    Did anyone see Collins on WGN TV this morning? She was “AKSING” for an apology! She used the word “AKSING” or “AKSED”at least 3 times during the interview on TV. Doesn’t she realize that showing her ignorance of basic English language gives her no credibility at all?!?! Oh, she is a state Senator by the way………..

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  • unlimited

    White has lost credibility to endorse anyone, see he pushing for Dr. Watkins to replace Collins, OMG Please.

    If this is the best he has to offer us, he needs to apologise for his ignorance.

    Dr, Reverend, Whatever Watkins is pure Creepy. Look at this on line, Watkins the one who is striing up the mess behind the sceens and laughing as these two battel it out, however we all don’t wanna see see Watkins in any more attacks,less more of her thugs show up and rough Collins up. OMG PLEASE>>

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