Skip to comments.Ill. Gov. arrested in Obama successor probe [Blagojevich Arresed on Corruption Charges]
Posted on 12/09/2008 9:51:49 AM PST by from occupied ga
CHICAGO Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested today on charges that accuse him of trying to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate.
The U.S. Attorney in Chicago says ...the corruption charges represent "a truly new low."
An FBI says the 51-year-old Democrat was intercepted conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife.
(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...
Correct me if I am wrong. The appointment of the replacement senator falls upon the Governor. It is clear that Obama was strong arming Blago into appointing the guy he wanted. Blago didn’t like that and tried to get paid for taking Obama’s pick. While what Obama did might not be illegal, he was clearly peddling his new found influence, which makes him a typical Chicago scumbag politician.
Only a fool would believe that Rham or Obama himself were not somehow directly involed in this. My guess is Obama wanted Jesse Jackson Jr. in the seat and Blgo decided he wanted something of substance to make that happen because he didn’t think Jackson deserved the seat.
This stinks of conspiracy...
Maybe they are all starting to fear what BLAGO’s arrest could mean if he starts to sing to Fitz. Again I think it just requires the suspension of disbelief to believe that there wasn’t something dirty about that land deal that the Obama’s got.
He should have known he was being wire tapped, and he still communicated over the phone. Duh!!! He’s been under investigation for how long, it is about time something came out of it.
As a citizen of Illinois, I’m not surprised at all. Thank God for Patrick Fitzgerald! Probably the only Illinois politician (if you can call him that) that isn’t on the take in this state. No wonder Blago didn’t live in the governor’s mansion in Springfield; too far away from the corruption going on in Chicago. Now I wonder if Fitzgerald will go after the “potential” senators (such as Jesse Jackson Jr.) who were trying to buy their way into said seat? I’d also like to know where Rezko and Obama fit into all this. Woohoo, another Illinois Governor going to prison (hopefully)! Let’s see if we can make it three in a row with the next one!
Oh man, the editor screwed up here. In the text it says that Blego is a Democrat.
I’m sure its an oversight that will be corrected promptly.;)
Maybe not Jesse Jackson, Jr. — another article says that the Obamanation candidate was close Obama bud Valerie Jarrett:
“Federal prosecutors allege that Blagojevich explored one possible quid-pro-quo hed appoint a top adviser to Obama in exchange for Obama giving Blagojevich the post as as secretary of health and human services. The indictment makes clear the Obama adviser is Valerie Jarrett, now an Obama White House aide.”
Ill bet Hussein was about to make a deal with the Gov.....Fitz arrested quickly to prevent Obama getting into trouble.
What say you all?
This story has legs!!!
google these names ... surprise!!
Valerie Jarrett - Mayor Daly’s right hand liberal!!
Michelle Robinson - We all know who she is!!
I wouldn’t doubt it.
What a complete moron! Someone said he should have put an ad on ebay selling the Senate seat. I’m sure the Tribune would have given him a free full-page ad, too.
He’s a democrat. Nothing will come of this.
Say it isn’t so!
I say ANYTHING is possible.
Illinois has long been full of corrupt, in-your-face punks, but the left, nationwide, has been emboldened by a cowardly, feckless Republican Party, led by Compassionate in Chief, George Bush.
Blago is going to prison, and Fitzgerald will put him there.
You are correct. The fed have him saying that he isn't going to replace Obama with Obama's choice unless he of his wife get something out of it - either a position in the Obama government or a job for his wife. I have despised Roddy boy ever since his HCI floor leader days in the US house. This is music to my ears.
I think the fish stinks from the head down.
Obama wanted Valerie jARRETT - One of his homies and a bud of Mare Daily
I had heard of the arrest and was googling for information on it when I stumbled on Huffpo (I know, I need to wash now). It’s funny to see that they think the reason for the arrest today was because of Blagojevich’s strong arm tactics yesterday toward Bank of America. I think I just don’t have the strength today to reply to any of the idiots there. They were in the midst of congratulating the governor on his strength in standing up for the unions against the big guy, when the arrest happened.
Yes idiots, they did a quickie fake investigation overnight, put together some tapes, and got warrants for his arrest because he stood up for his constituents. Of course, they all think Bush is behind it. I, for one, am hopeful that, with him busy being fingerprinted and all, he won’t have time to follow up on dictating BofA’s lending policies.
How did we get here? Is it too late to get off the bus?
CNN’s got him on the front page. They even mentioned that he was a Democrat in the first paragraph.
Question: Once the mob bails this dirtbag out, does he get to keep playing Governor while he awaits trial?
The best part is that he was just on TV threatening Bank of America with ‘sanctions’ if they didn’t pay up to those laid off workers. Sounds like business as usual. I wonder if those people are still sitting in the plant, or they realize that the Governor’s promise to support them just fell apart. LOL maybe there is justice in the world.
The reason for the quick arrest today was to prevent Hussein from making the buy.
No no no, Gov. Blagojevich.
It's supposed to be for the benefit of The One, not you and your wife.
When will these crooks learn how this pyramid scheme works with the Chicago Mob?
If he doesn't go to jail, his punishment will to take a bomb making class from Ayers. (We know how that would turn out...)
Are you serious?
It's all over for him, he forgot to include The One (Allah-father to the Chicago Mob) in the payoff.
He is, of course, innocent until proven guilty.
There is a strong case against him.
I assume so. He has the same (legal) presumption of innocence as any other person. Until he's convicted, he has the legal right to carry on as though he were not guilty. I wonder if he can issue himself a pardon :-)
Now this is scary.......She is as anti american as it gets. Damn this nation is in danger.
Tin foil hate time.....
Barack Obama and Richard Daley will throw Blago under the bus and portray themselves as paragons of virtue in a sea of political corruption. The MSM will gleefully play along, casting Obama as the most noble of all politicians - fighting against the corrupt political machine of Chicago.
Anybody know if Blago’s is real hair or is this Traficantesque?
Geez, Obama could be the first person to be impeached before he is even sworn in.
I really hope that Blago is a vindictive MF’r who plans to take everyone (OBAMA & GANG) down with him.
In Chicago? C'mon! More of a continuation of standard practice rather than a new low.
Ah... ok... thanks for clarification...
Well, I woke him up, Robert Grant said. The first thing he asked was this a joke. He wanted to make sure this was an honest call.
Grant said he told the governor two agents were standing outside his door, and asked him to open the door so we can do this as quietly.
Always remember, no matter how badly your day may have started out, someone else's day started out worse.
Unless, of course, you are a Democrat Governor who got caught trying to sell Obama's Senate seat.
Macy Park is beautiful this time of year...
Is there a cell block specially dedicated to Illinois governors?
Blago will talk... maybe this is why they snapped him up.
Blago goes bla bla bla.... “smile”
Ding! Ding! Ding!
We have a winner.
They are drummed out of office by the MSN and liberals.
And they don't stand up for their rights.
It's a dern shame
I think you just may be on to something there!
Popcorn, get your popcorn here!
Looks like Rezko sang like the fat lady... to get a leaner sentence. Bwhahaha
Lol...that’s the most joyful thing I have heard in months!
I am for the most part an admirer of the President. I think he is a good man of integrity, whose staunch stance toward Islamic terrorism will mark him a favorable place in American history.
However, his and other’s brand of compassionate conservatism, however well-intentioned, is perceived by the venal political animals on the left as a sign of weakness. As I said, they are emboldened by this. Witness Blagojevich’s arrogance and over the top quotes, while knowing he was already under investigation. Better to let these savages know there will be hell to pay from the other side of the aisle if they step out of line.
“Deranged”? Check yourself out.