ORLAND PARK, IL —The contentious race for Orland Park Township supervisor took another turn this week as Scott R. Kaspar, the Orland Residents For Responsible Government (ORRG) candidate, posted a video online in which he appears alongside disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a man identified as former Chicago congressional candidate Jesus Solorio.

In the video, Kaspar and Solorio are joined at a table by Blagojevich, who rails against higher taxes in Orland Park during the last four years and calls Kaspar’s opponent, incumbent Paul O’Grady, a “mega-Madigoon.” for his association with Mike Madigan, who resigned last month after 50 years in the state House.

“I also understand Mr. O’Grady is going around town telling people he’s a Trumpocrat, well I’m calling bullshit. When it comes to being a Trumpocrat, I consider myself an expert,” said Blagojevich, who was granted clemency by President Donald Trump in Feb. 2020 after the former governor served eight years of a 14-year prison sentence for trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

In the video, Blagovich then added: “If I were advising the people of Orland Township what they may want to say to Paul O’Grady. I would tell them to say that ‘Paul O’Grady . . .'”

Blagojevic, Kaspar and Solorio then turned to the camera, pointed and uttered the phrase Trump made famous on “Celebrity Apprentice,” a show on which Blagojevich appeared in 2010.

“You’re fired!”

In the video, which had received almost 1,000 views on YouTube by Thursday and also was featured on the conservative internet channel Newsmax, Blagojevic doesn’t actually say anything about Kaspar. Though his rebuke of O’Grady certainly plays as an endorsement for the challenger ahead of the April 6 election.

On Thursday, O’Grady’s camp put out a statement about the video under the headline: “Kaspar Joins Blagojevich Clown Show in Bizarre Endorsement Video.”

In the release, O’Grady, who is part of the Orland Township Together slate, lists Blagojevich’s transgressions and penalties, which include impeachment as governor, conviction and removal by the Illinois General Assembly and conviction in two federal court trials.

“I’m not sure that anything could be more disqualifying than touting the support of a corrupt, despicable con man like Rod Blagojevich,” O’Grady said. “Perhaps Scott Kaspar has forgotten the agony, embarrassment and turmoil that Blagojevich put the state through during his governorship.

“But the voters of Orland Township haven’t forgotten. Blagojevich did incredible damage to the state of Illinois, and it would be a serious mistake to entrust his protégé Scott Kaspar with the responsibility of elected office.”

The O’Grady release also highlighted a few of the other issues plaguing Kaspar’s fellow ORRG candidates. As reported by Patch, Orland Township trustee candidate Lora Kreczmer posted bond earlier this month after reports revealed she had an outstanding arrest warrant for three charges stemming from a car accident in 2017.

Earlier this week, another ORRG trustee candidate, William Keefer, was forced to respond to criticism after Patch found that despite listing his occupation as lawyer, Keefer is not a licensed attorney in Illinois, according to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. The 25-year-old Keefer’s bio recently was updated to read: “obtained his Juris Doctor from the University of Connecticut School of Law. He is currently awaiting his bar exam results.”

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