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(Mildly) Political intrigue related to Chicago. Oh my.

By Kate Gardiner in News on Apr 18, 2009 3:30PM

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According to a story in the Huffington Post, the seemingly random home burglary in California of Republican Rep. Howard P. "Buck" McKeon March 4 may have some Chicago ties - and some political ones as well.

As reporters, the words burglary and politics together, well. Watergate. Pulitzers. Glory.

We doubt it's that exciting. Still...

HP reported that McKeon's home robbery lead police on an interstate chase from California to Chicago via credit card receipts and an Alamo rental car. The suspect, identified by Tadeusz Pach of Chicago by the LA County Sheriff's Department, purportedly robbed the McKeon's and another home before leaving the state for, apparently, Chicago.

Local police were notified when the rental car was turn in, and may or may not have detained the suspect - according to the HP story, Chicago police say they have no record of having done so, and are not investigating the case.

Regardless, HP reported that the burglary was mentioned in a letter by Mrs. McKeon to her husband's supporters as one of the many things recently out of Chicago causing them trouble, including the president, Barack Obama, and one of his pet projects, the Employee Free Choice Act.

HP said McKeon's campaign manager said the aside in the letter was not meant to connect President Obama to the burglary.

By saying so, he managed to get both keywords in one sentence. Just sayin'.