Blago: I shake my head
I’d like to see a show of hands for those who truly thought it would be this bad.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D.-Club Fed) knew he was under FBI investigation, but he continued to work on selling the vacant U.S. Senate seat appointment for his own financial benefit. (Sorry, Jan Schakowsky. You can’t raise that much cash.) He was thinking, Yeah, I’m a Big Shot—I’ll be good for HHS Secretary, or ambassador, or a sweet union job for myself (since Guber doesn’t pay that well) and a sweet corporate board assignment for the little lady.
And wait. There’s more. Our governor threatened “to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members sharply critical of Blagojevich,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s press release. How petty and vindictive, not to mention stupid and immature.
I’m trying to decide who lusted for campaign donations more: former Gov. George Ryan (R.-Club Fed) or Blagojevich. Typical politician: he will do almost anything to keep his job. Rules and laws are for suckers.
G-d bless U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald. By indicting the Governor, I think we can rest assured he is keeping his job, despite the party change in presidents; and I think we can assume the president will not pardon or commute the sentence of Gov. Ryan. So this indictment serves a number of purposes. This is a great, great day for the people of Illinois, who are forced to suffer like house servants at the nonstop political patronage party that continues at their expense.
Thanks to the Chicago Tribune for helpfully (gleefully?) posting Fitzgerald’s press release on its website.