The Chicago Tribune reports today that Rep. Weller has extensive land investments in Nicaragua, which are not fully listed in documents that he is required to file. More below:
In addition, he was a major supporter of the Central American Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA) vote in the house. That bill, according to the Trib, had a provision that provided legal protection for American investors, like Weller. Clearly a conflict of interest along with shady investments.
Weller represents the 11th district here in Illinois and has managed to hold on to his seat by typically nasty campaign tactics. I think with this scandal his seat is now, finally, a good bet for a democratic pick up. This story needs more national press, beyond Chicago.
This is just another example of the GOP implosion from a record of arrogance and greed.