(RepublicanInformer.com)- According to Federal Election Commission (FEC) documents, Democratic Illinois Rep. Danny Davis rented office space from a butcher who had previously been convicted for participating in a multimillion-dollar Chicago cocaine trafficking organization.
According to FEC filings, Davis’ campaign spent more than $20,000 at Mario’s Butcher Chop in Chicago between 2014 and 2020, mostly on groceries, catering, and office rent. The Chicago Tribune stated in 1990 that Mariano “Mario” Lettieri and his wife owned Mario’s Butcher Shop, which was prominently featured in a Lettieri-related heroin bust.
According to the Chicago Tribune, Lettieri was sentenced to around 16 years in jail in 1990 for being the leading supplier for a drug network that a former police officer operated. For six months, the butcher allegedly provided his contact with up to six kilograms of cocaine every month at $33,000 per kilogram.
An inquiry for a response from the Daily Caller News Foundation went unanswered by a Davis spokesperson. The Washington Free Beacon was the publication that first revealed the payments, and the congressman’s director of staff stated that Davis is in favor of giving people “second chances.”
Jeff Fiedler, a spokesman for the Chicago Republican Party, frequently questioned why Congressman Davis says one thing, yet his actions seem to go in another direction. He said that second chances are a noble idea, but in this case, they’re questioning why he would make such a dubious choice when there are dozens of alternative options for office space on the West side.
To combat opioid overdose mortality in Illinois, Davis famously revealed “a coalition of drug prevention groups” in 2021, according to the Chicago Crusader. According to WBEZ Chicago, the congressman sought $4 million in emergency funds to tackle drug addiction in Cook County in 2006.
According to the Chicago Crusader, Davis stated in 2021 that “we have to take something to stop the cycle of drug deaths.” “Within a week last year, we had five or six overdose deaths on one block. More needs to be done since drug usage and opioid addiction are out of control.”
Davis’ 7th Congressional District covers most of western Chicago, and he defeated Kina Collins, a Democrat, in the primary election in June. Since Davis was re-elected in 2020 with more than 80% of the vote in his district, there is no Republican challenger in the race.