Tuesday, December 9, 2008

BLAGO BUSTED! Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich Arrested on Federal Charges

(Photo credits Scott Olson/Getty Images)

“I don’t want no bondsman to post my bail
And I don’t want to spend no 99 years
Stalkin’ your stinkin’ jail…”
-David Bromberg-

Chicago is Full of Crooks

Breaking News

Chicago – A “truly new low” has hit the Windy City, as Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich embarked on a "corruption crime spree" and tried to benefit from his ability to appoint President-elect Barack Obama's replacement in the U.S. Senate, federal officials said Tuesday. Blago was arrested earlier today on corruption charges and later released on a whopping $4,500 bond. (I guess they don't think he's going anywhere...)

Legendary Plame Game U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who succeeded in helping Scooter Libby get his prison number as LWOH reported last year, called it a “sad day for the citizens of Illinois” and alleged that the governor tried to "auction off" the Senate seat "to the highest bidder." Fitz also said the alleged behavior "would make (Abe) Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois tried to “auction off” president-elect Barack Obama’s newly vacated Illinois Senate seat by “seeking kickbacks” in an attempt to “auction off” Barry’s seat so that he and his wife, Patti, could personally profit.

Fitz accused Blagojevich of "appalling conduct" and alleged that the governor wanted "tangible and up front" cash in return for appointing Obama's successor:

"He wasn't against a corrupt deal, he was against being stiffed in a corrupt deal," and that Blago “put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator."

At the rate corruption charges blow through the Windy City, you’d think it had a “Kick Me, Please” sign on the back of City Hall.

Cross-posted at BlondeSense


Citizen Carrie said...

You know what absolutely stuns me about Blago's deeds? How crude he acted and how blatantly obvious he was about it all! At least with other politicians you have to look up what they did in the law books and see if you can charge them on some sort of technicality.

Your home state and city certainly has been keeping you busy lately! :-)

2Truthy said...


Indeed,Chicago's political culture of corruption has taken on a CORPORATE culture of crude ENTITLEMENT, kind of like Tammany Hall meets Little Italy, ya know? I can't wait to see how Rahmmie shapes up Obie's administration as Chief of Staff;)

Rondo said...

Obama sure is cleaning up Chicago politics around here, har har, wink-wink, nod -nod, by throwing that nasty Bloggo under the bus.

He can’t toss the Chicago Machine under the bus. The Chicago Machine IS the bus.

Just ask Dan Walker. Or Otto Kerner.

2Truthy said...

Rondo, Recall that it was Obama who said he was going to tighten up ethics laws. Also recall that it wasn't too long ago when Democratic presidential candidates boycotted FOX News.

So what changed? Why are Dems going on FOX News now? Is the cushy bipartisan, One Big Money Party of Dems AND GOP so smitten together that ain't no way Barry will ever be touched by any of this? Just a thought. And why is Barry's website scrubbed lean of all things Blago now?