mayor stranczek hires an expensive new spokesman to address his crisis.
As an experienced crisis manager, media strategist and corporate communicator, Dennis provides seasoned public affairs counsel to Res Publica's clients.BOBBY STRANCZEK HAS GONE OUT AND HIRED A 'CRISIS MANAGER.' HE HAS A NEW SPOKESMAN NAMED DENNIS CULLOTON. WE DID A GOOGLE SEARCH. IS THE VILLAGE PAYING FOR DENNIS' SERVICES? AS A CRISIS MANAGER, WHOSE CRISIS DOES DENNIS REPRESENT... THOSE WHO HAVE BEEN POISONED OR THOSE WHO DID THE POISONING? Full Story
#1 Apr 24, 2009
The mayor has gone and hired a big PR Firm... actually a LOBBYING GROUP: http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php...
Look at the list of names of the people who work for the RES Publica Group:
Guy J. Chipparoni, President (Board of directors of Youbet.com an internet gambling firm)
Dennis Culloton, Exec. VP (Bobby hired the VP!)
Jim Edgar, Sr. Advisor (Former Governor of Il)
David Bayless, VP (Often on the front lines of a crisis or major crime scene, David skillfully handled national and local media during major, high profile criminal investigations... BOBBY COULD USE THIS KIND OF HELP)
Angela Benander, VP (She was hired as the spokeswoman for Senator Debbie Stabenow whose husband got caught in a dex sting)
Kelly Meisner Klopp, VP
Doug O'Brien, VP (We found a HYPNOTIST by this name who SPECIALIZES IN NUEROLINGUISTIC PROGRAMMING... Bobby could use that...might not be the same guy...) http://www.ericksonian.com/
Julia Morsch Sznewajs, VP
Lisa Trafficanta, VP (Lisa Trafficanta has distinguished herself as a media relations professional specializing in the development and implementation of crisis communications...BOBBY GOT HIMSELF A CRISIS ALLRIGHT)
Jed Shein, Sr. Acct. Exec.
Jodie Shpritz, Sr. Acct. Exec.
Liz Coffey, Sr. Acct. Exec.
Ashley Pawlak, Acct. Exec.
Mary Ann Childers, Sr. Consultant (News Anchor)
Fay Hartog Levin, Sr. Consultant
Brendan Hostetler, Legislative Advisor
Kristin Nilsson, Creative Director
David Powell, CFO
THESE ARE THE PEOPLE BOBBY STRANCZEK HIRED (MAYBE WITH YOUR MONEY) TO CONVINCE YOU AND THE MEDIA THAT HE AND HIS FATHER DID NOTHING WRONG AND THAT YOU ARE SURELY OVER REACTING TO YOUR DRINKING OF CARCINOGENICALLY CONTAMINATED WATER.
THESE ARE THE BIG GUNS. THEY SPECIALIZE IN MANAGING CRISIS' FOR VERY WEALTHY PEOPLE AND CORPORATIONS.
THE VILLAGE OF CRESTWOOD SHOULD NOT BE PAYING THESE PEOPLE.
IN MY OPINION THEY HAVE BEEN HIRED TO HIDE THE TRUTH AND TO CONVINCE THE MEDIA AND THE PUBLIC THAT MAYOR POISON WATER NEVER DID ANYTHING WRONG.
WATCH THESE PEOPLE. GET TO KNOW THESE PEOPLE. THEY WANT TO MANAGE THE STRANCZEKS CRISIS, NOT OURS.
#2 Apr 24, 2009
When you hired the PR firm when your wife was arrested that was ok. Why is this different?
#3 Apr 24, 2009
HE is the only one we fear.
#4 Apr 24, 2009
Dennis Culloton has a proven record of working for guys who get sent to federal prison.
He was Governor George Ryan's press secretary.
Nice hire Bobby. You and George will always have that in common. And federal prison.
Crestwood money should not be used to pay this group.
#5 Apr 24, 2009
From the RES Publica website:
"Whether seeking it, driving it or responding to it, a smart communications
strategy can help you manage your message and deliver success.
Res Publica Group focuses on communication strategies and tools that will
support a business, policy or political goal. We provide clients the advice,
the ideas, the manpower and the access needed to deliver on message,
when and where it is needed."
THESE GUYS SPECIALIZE IN MANIPULATING THE MEDIA AND DISTORTING TRUTHS. FOR THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF OUR MONEY THEY WILL ADVOCATE ANY BELIEF.
IF YOU EVER GET CAUGHT POISONING BABIES MAKE SURE YOU CALL DENNIS CULLOTON AT RES PUBLICA.
THEY ARE THE BEST. VERY EXPENSIVE, BUT THE BEST. STRANCZEK IS SERIOUS ABOUT GETTING AWAY WITH THIS.
#6 Apr 24, 2009
There's another former RES Publica client in federal prison... Tony Reszko...
"Guy Chipparoni,(founder of RES Publica Group) was the press secretary for then secretary of state Jim Edgar before setting up a public-relations firm in Chicago (Chipparoni has represented some of Rezko's businesses)
Bobby Stranczek picked the right PR Firm. Do you think they will be able to get George to give Bobby the top bunk?
#7 Apr 24, 2009
Tim why are you always doing this? You never know when to shut up. Why is everything you do in life a big ordeal. Tell the kids I love them.
#8 Apr 24, 2009
You guys have no idea. You have no idea.
#9 Apr 24, 2009
And poisoning 11,000 people is a big deal.
#10 Apr 24, 2009
Timm remember when you use to sneak over for a little extra attention? Now you want nothing to do with me why? Why? You stole my kids and had sex with me after you were married.
#11 Apr 24, 2009
Tim if it was you who exposed what they did I would like to thank you. I am sorry for what they did to your family.
#12 Apr 24, 2009
Was Tim dating Maureen too?
#13 Apr 24, 2009
he had better not. he dates me on the side. Tref doesnt know.
#14 Apr 24, 2009
The mayors new spokesman, the vice president of RES Publica, Dennis Culloton, said this on tweet:
"@LIVESTRONG That's why I'm part of Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation. We support live strong and young researchers
3:03 PM Apr 4th from web in reply to LIVESTRONG"
Now he is going to take money to publicly defend a man who gives children cancer?
Its all about the dollar. The hypocracy. It all sickens me.
#15 Apr 24, 2009
Dennis Culloton: In the Eye of the Scandal
You'd be hard pressed to find a tougher job, at the time, than media spokesman for George Ryan. The man whose former boss is now charged with corruption has never talked publicly about it. Until tonight.
Dennis Culloton was a radio reporter who worked airport public relations for the Mayor. He was brought in by George Ryan because the media was bearing down hard on the Governor's corruption case. He was a fireman who walked away unsinged from a charred administration.
"Would I have tolerated it? Hell no, I wouldn't have tolerated it," Ryan said.
"Did you believe him? Do you believe him?"
"I think that's truly how he felt," says Dennis Culloton.
NOTICE HOW CULLOTON DOESN'T ANSWER. BRILLIANT.
"Not for a second would I have put up with it, if I knew it was going on," Ryan said.
"That's not scripted stuff," Culloton explains. "That's stuff that he just was, speaking from the gut there. From what I saw."
THE MAN WAS LYING.
Throughout his term as governor, George Ryan was dogged by questions about his time as Secretary of State. Did he know drivers' licenses were sold for bribes?
"I wish I had known there was something going on there!" Ryan said.
"He hasn't done anything wrong," Culloton explained at the time.
I COULD LIE FOR ANYONE. CHILDREN DIED IN A FLAMING TRUCK WRECK BECAUSE OF THIS. DENNIS!
Dennis Culloton's job was spin control: doing battle with reporters.
"He has never accepted a dime from anybody," Culloton once said of Ryan.
I WILL LIE FOR MONEY!
"During the battle, do you think the general ever lied to you?"
"You think about it, but I don't know. I try not to think about it too much. You don't go into the chief executive's office and say 'What did you know and when did you know it?' "
"He wasn't looking for me to wag my finger at him in approval or disapproval. If these things turn out to be things for which he's convicted, I'll be disappointed."
Looking back from his new office at a River North public relations firm --
"I don't think there's very many people in the world that have a picture of themselves with Fidel Castro and President Bush on the same wall!"
I AM A WALKING CONTRADICTION. I GIVE MONEY TO KIDS WITH CANCER AND I TAKE IT FROM THOSE WHO GIVE KIDS CANCER.
-- Culloton remains uneasy, yet proud he survived it.
"I think I came out of it okay," he says. " I was looking for that test. Wanted to see if I could do the job with some integrity."
HE WANTED TO SEE IF HE COULD LIE WITH INTEGRITY.
THIS IS MAYOR STRANCZEKS NEW PAID FOR SPOKESMAN, HIS 'CRISIS MANAGER.'
I REALLY HOPE THE VILLAGE ISNT PICKING UP THE TAB HERE.
#16 Apr 24, 2009
Dennis Culloton Continued:
A tough job, with public perception of the Governor's integrity in short supply. Federal prosecutors ultimately labeled Ryan's campaign fund a "criminal enterprise"
"Was he personally depressed at the way things fizzled?"
"Yeah, I think so."
"It got to the point where I would show up at the door and he would say,'Now what bad news do you have for me?' "
Some of the worst news came from the Willis family. The parents who lost six children, in an accident caused by a trucker who bought his license with a bribe.
NOW I'M BEING PAID TO BE THE SPOKESMAN FOR A GUY WHO POISONED THOUSANDS OF KIDS.
"It would be refreshing to see somebody come up and say yes, and admit to it and step down," Rev. Duane Willis said.
"The parents essentially blamed George Ryan for that," I remind Culloton.
"They fought for what they believed in after going through a horrific experience. They've earned that. They've earned that right," he says.
"I'm the father of six kids, got 13 grandkids. I can't think of a worse tragedy. But did I have anything to do with that? No!" Ryan once told reporters.
YOU JUST PASSED ON THE GUYS LIES YOU SOULESS GRUB.
"I do remember that poignant moment," Culloton says. "When he said, this isn't going to affect me, it's going to affect my grandkids. His grandkids would run into problems at school with other kids or in some cases other adults just saying inappropriate things. That really gnawed at him."
"However you write it is how they're gonna believe it," Ryan chided reporters.
"It's not personal. It's business. It's the job," Culloton says.
I CAN DEFEND STRANCZEK EVEN THOUGH HE MAY SICKEN ME.
"Is that what you told George?" I ask.
"I tried to. I tried to. It was probably the one thing that he was never really going to learn: how to work effectively with the press. Generally, if he a bad performance with the press corps, he knew it."
"What would he say?"
" 'I blew that one!' "
But Ryan shined in his final appearances at the microphone.
"I'm commuting the sentence of all death row inmates," he said.
"And a lot of people don't believe this, but the final, final decision wasn't made until literally about 15, 20 minutes before the absolute deadline for filing," Culloton says.
"So he didn't do it for political reasons?"
"For all of his bluster and grumpiness on camera, the guy had a lot of heart. And the thought of his being the final filter before someone lives or dies was a lot for him to deal with."
Culloton said one of the hardest parts of his job was something he ultimately failed to do: convince Ryan not to take the bait during news conferences. When a reporter would throw a question out, there's an art to staying cool and not being forced into a debate. He says Ryan never got that.
BOBBY YOU PICKED THE RIGHT GUY, ITS NOT GOING TO HELP YOU, BUT YOU PICKED THE RIGHT GUY.
CRESTWOOD BETTER NOT BE PICKING UP THE TAB.
#17 Apr 24, 2009
Ryan Names Culloton Deputy Press Secretary
SPRINGFIELD - Governor George H. Ryan today announced the appointment of Dennis Culloton as Deputy Press Secretary.
"Dennis Culloton has served the people of Chicago with distinction," Ryan said. "He brings a wealth of experience to my staff, and he will be a tremendous asset to our efforts on behalf of the people of Illinois."
Culloton, a native of Chicago, is currently communications director for the Chicago Department of Aviation. A 1987 graduate of the Northwestern University School of Journalism and a 1991 graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, Culloton was a writer/reporter for WMAQ-AM radio in Chicago from 1988 to 1992. He was a public affairs specialist for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois from 1992 to 1997.
Culloton, who will be based in the governor's Chicago office, will begin on July 19.
"I am honored to have the opportunity to serve Governor Ryan and the people of Illinois," Culloton said. "I have been extremely fortunate in my career having served Mayor Daley and Commissioner Mary Rose Loney."
Culloton, his wife Katie and two children live in Chicago.
#18 Apr 24, 2009
Former press secretary Dennis Culloton reacts to verdict
"I'm sad that everything came to this. I'm sad that this occurred. I don't think it's good for anybody. I don't think it's good for the state. It's just a sad, sad day," said Dennis Culloton Former Ryan Press Secretary
Dennis Culloton was the governor's press secretary during the hottest points of the scandal that would bring down George Ryan. Culloton testified in the trial saying afterward that he wished Ryan had taken more immediate responsibility for some of the failures on his watch.
"I still have some fond feelings for him despite my professional disappointment," said Culloton. "As someone who got to know the man, you feel a different way."
JUST BECAUSE HIS ACTIONS IMMOLATED SOME CHILDREN DOESN'T MAKE HIM ALL BAD.
During his time as press secretary, Culloton had to report to press on a number of issues that are now known to be not entirely true. Culloton said he is not bitter, but not happy about it either and considers it an occupational hazard.
OMG. IS THIS GUY ON CRESTWOOD'S PAYROLL NOW?
#19 Apr 24, 2009
"The public knows how to sniff out a bad excuse better than ever, but that doesn't mean you should never say,'I'm sorry,'" said Dennis Culloton of Res Publica Group.
Dennis did you give Stranczek this advice? Because something really stinks around here.
Your client poisoned thousands of families.
#20 Apr 24, 2009
MAYOR STRANCZEKS NEW PAID SPOKESMAN, THE MAN WHO WILL BE DEFENDING THE MAYOR AS HE FACES CHARGES OF GIVING CRESTWOOD FAMILIES CARCINOGENIC LACED DRINKING WATER, IS ON THE EXECUTIVE BOARD OF A PEDIATRIC CANCER CHARITY.
DENNIS, LOOK AT YOURSELF.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation is a national organization whose mission is to eliminate pediatric cancer and to provide hope and support to those who are touched by it.
Bear Necessities Pediatric Cancer Foundation, Inc.(BNPCFI) is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in late 1992 by Kathleen A. Casey, President. The foundation is named in memory of her eight year old son, Barrett "Bear" Krupa, who died after a courageous five and a half year battle with Wilms Tumor, a pediatric cancer.
Prior to his death on January 9, 1993, Bear and his mother discussed and planned the formation of BNPCFI. During his long stay in the hospital, Bear expressed more concern for other pediatric cancer patients than he did for himself. He and his mother learned of the many hidden needs of both patient and family members. Simple things like having games to play with would go a long way to lightening the heavy burden the children face. Likewise, support for basic family needs such as transportation and parking on the many visits to the hospital remove undue stresses on an already overwhelming situation.
The foundation's Small Miracle Program has provided a means to fulfill Bear's mission to brighten the lives of pediatric cancer patients by granting special requests to them and to ease the burdens of the families through assistance with some of the immediate needs that they may be facing while fighting this physically, emotionally, and financially devastating disease. Examples of small miracles include: family outings, event tickets, wigs, phone cards, housing and transportation expenses, special pick-me-up gifts, etc. The objective is to give children who suffer from pediatric cancer, who have the same wants and the same wishes as healthy children, a moment during their courageous battle when they can forget their illness and enjoy just being a child.
Key People Edit | History
Board of Directors
Kathleen A. Casey
Susan A. Hallen
Eric Lundstrom, CPA
Tammy H. Vance
Medical Advisory Liaison
Kelly Kramer, R.N., MSN
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