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?
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