Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Illinois Governor Arrested By Feds for Uber-Corruption

So this morning, in an effort to bring a stop to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevitch’s corruption “crime spree,” FBI agents went ahead and arrested the governor and his chief of staff. Blagojevitch, a Democrat (and not a very progressive one at that, apparently) had been under scrutiny for the past three years.

They had to. The governor was poised to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate seat to the highest bidder.

The Feds’ 76-page affidavit unsealed today contained quotes that were recorded by phone wiretaps and bugs in his office. Here is a collection of these incredibly incriminating little gems:

“It’s a #$%&*!@ valuable thing — you just don't give it away for nothing."

“They're not going to offer me anything of value I might as well take it.”

“I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain.”
Now Barack Obama had his own idea of whom Blagojevitch should pick and let him know about it. But the Gov. had some words about that, too.

“They're not going to give me anything except appreciation. #!%&*!"
Isn’t it amazing? This guy must have thought himself to be truly bulletproof. The utter gall of it is just another indication of how institutional Illinois state political corruption is. But now with an Illinois politician about to take power, a guy who knows the ins and outs of Illinois politics, maybe we will finally see the Feds take a broom to that place. Or maybe I should say take a plunger to it.

More appropriate.


Anonymous said...

Watch as the nasty republicans try to smear President-elect Obama and his aides with this. They have no shame.

Anonymous said...

I know the Democrats are used to taking the high ground on issues similar to this. They would never, ever, ever take the stupid actions of a Republican and use it for political advantage. Would they?