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  • [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention 1]

    [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention 1]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Continue reading

  • Rostenkowski

    Rostenkowski

    This 1981 documentary creates a revealing portrait of Dan Rostenkowski, Chicago’s most important Congressman in Washington, at the time when he first became Chairman of the powerful House Ways and Means Committee. It demonstrates the style and deep-rooted network of politics in Washington and Chicago, the colorful man himself, and his contemporaries. “The Chairman” was at the height of his power when this documentary was produced, a over a decade before Rostenkowski was indicted, convicted and sent to Federal prison. It shows the inner workings of Congress and politics from the point of view of a genuine insider… the phone calls, relationships, and processes that run this country. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #117]

    [Rostenkowski raw #117]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. In this tape, Rostenkowski is on a United Airlines flight to Chicago. The plane lands, and Rostenkowski is greeted at the airport by a throng of reporters eager to question him about his new position as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention #3]

    [Rostenkowski raw: New York Democratic convention #3]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski,” a portrait of House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. On the floor of the convention center at the 1980 Democratic National Convention. Delegates are interviewed. Most of the delegates, predictably, praise Rostenkowski. Marty Russo, a congressman for Illinois’ 3rd congressional district, and an Illinois Delegate, describes how valuable and powerful Rostenkowski is to the party. Bob McCary, another delegate, talks about why Rostenkowski isn’t as well known as other congressmen, saying Rostenkowski doesn’t seek publicity. Mary Zolora, another Illinois delegate, says that she would like to see Rostenkowski run for mayor of Chicago. Ed Rosewell, Cook County Treasurer and Illinois delegate, says Rostenkowski will eventually be Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. Continue reading

  • [Rostenkowski raw #101]

    [Rostenkowski raw #101]

    Raw footage from the 1981 documentary “Rostenkowski”, a portrait of the House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dan Rostenkowski, a powerful figure in Chicago (and national) politics. Cocktail reception for congressmen in Washington D.C. The audio is relatively poor so we don’t pick up much of the conversation. Continue reading