December 09, 2008
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Just the FBI arresting the governor and his chief of staff.
Obama must love this.
The arrests, which authorities say occurred "without incident," follow news reports that a well-connected lobbyist turned FBI informant had taped the governor saying that he might "get some [money] up front, maybe" from an unnamed candidate for a Senate seat.
Here's the complaint.
Here's Tribune coverage.
Don't screw up the trial, just nail him to the wall.
I'm not suprised. Actually, what is suprising is that it took this long for Rod to come down. Most people do not like him and in a state like IL, that usually means you can be sure you won't last too long.
They had to arrest him now before he swept more people into the scandal.
Here we have a direct investing link...
From the complaint:
ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked what he can get from the President-elect for the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that Governor General Counsel believes the President-elect can get ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife on paid corporate boards in exchange for naming the President-elect’s pick to the Senate. Governor General Counsel asked, “can [the President-elect] help in the private sector. . . where it wouldn’t be tied to him? . . .I mean, so it wouldn’t necessarily look like one for the other.” ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s wife suggested during the call that she is qualified to sit on corporate boards and has a background in real estate and appraisals.
ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked whether there is something that could be done with his wife’s “series 7" license in terms of working out a deal for the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he is “struggling” financially and does “not want to be Governor for the next two years.” c. ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherf___er [the President-elect] his senator. F___ him. For nothing? F___ him.”
ROD BLAGOJEVICH states that he will put “[Senate Candidate 4]” in the Senate “before I just give f___ing [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don’t get anything.” (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois). ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that he needs to find a way to take the “financial stress” off of his family and that his wife is as qualified or more qualified than another specifically named individual to sit on corporate boards. According to ROD BLAGOJEVICH, “the immediate challenge [is] how do we take some of the financial pressure off of our family.” Later in the phone call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that absent getting something back, ROD BLAGOJEVICH will not pick Senate Candidate 1.
He had 13% approval, so not too many people are crying in IL. Hopefully we'll finally be able to get some things done in IL without him stonewalling all the time.
The only way we will ever get a good govenor in Illinois is to have no govenor.
I am stateing to wonder if we need to increase the Illinois govenor's salary.
Blagojevich was threatening the banking industry by setting precident for the state dictating terms to the institutions. Is it really a coincidence that he gets canned the next day?
Among other things, he was trying to shake down a children's hospital - bad form, even by Illinois politicals standards. Hot Rod has been a pathological liar for years - maybe he can apply for TARP funds for his defense fund, as he is clearly an "impaired asset".