A Democrat stains his party on eve of Obama inauguration - Illinois Governor arrested

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    Dec 09, 2008 5:04 PM GMT
    This Democratic idiot allegedly tried to sell Barack Obama's Illinois Senate seat for money. Not a good move on the eve of Obama's inauguration.

  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 09, 2008 9:56 PM GMT
    Politicians need to be punished to the max for corruption so that it would serve as a wake-up call to all politicians that they are supposed to be the role models and not the scapegoats of human fallibility. Part of the problem is that power attracts all the wrong types.

    On a side note, Congressman William Jefferson (D) of Louisiana was defeated in his attepted re-election. He's the schmuck that stored thousands of embezzled cash in his freezer and had the audacity to claim it was a witch hunt.
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    Dec 09, 2008 10:25 PM GMT
    Below is the link to the criminal complaint filed on behalf of the FBI towards the governor and his chief of staff. Although Vespa is correct, the complaint goes further to site alleged corruption beyond the senate appointment. Its a 78pg pdf, but you get the synopsis from the first 10 pages or so.

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    Dec 09, 2008 10:34 PM GMT
    Thanks for posting JP930, I have been waiting to read that document all day.

    From page 66Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them.”
  • roadbikeRob

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:14 PM GMT
    I hate to say this because I love Illinois, I think it is a very good state with wonderful people but I am not surprised at this latest horrible development in its state government. Corruption like that has been commonplace in Illinois state government for quite a long time. Please keep in mind the old political machine days under the late Mayor Richard Daley(the father of the current Chicago mayor) during the 60s and 70s. The democratic machine ran both Illinois state politics and Chicago city politics with an iron fist. Corruption and kickbacks was very common in those days. I am not trying to condone the current Illinois governor for his criminal wrongdoing because he should be brought to justice. But unfortunately Illinois has a rather negative reputation as a state where political corruption is commonplace. Again I don't mean to hurt the feelings of Illinois realjocks because I consider the Land of Lincoln one of my favorite states. I wish some of the crooked politicians in my homestate of New York would get caught with their hands in the cookie jar because New York also has a serious problem with corrupt, bought politicians.
  • coolarmydude

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:27 PM GMT
    New Jersey is probably the worst.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    I live in Illinois and the odd thing is that this is just opening the door on his illegal behavior, for most of which he probably won't be prosecuted. He also has a foul mouth, but so do I.
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    Dec 09, 2008 11:47 PM GMT
    It's like old Chicago all over again!
  • dannyboy1101

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    Dec 09, 2008 11:53 PM GMT
    Oh, I am so entertained by this. I am an IL democrat (or libertarian not sure officially which yet) and I abhor Blagojevich. This guy has had it coming for years. Even as his cronies fell, nobody opened their mouths about him. And as for the corruption thing, uh yeah we housed Capone and probably 85% of all the best known mob hotshots. The wheel keeps on turning. Daley just leased all of our parking meters to an independent company for 75 years at the price of $1 billion dollars (insert Austin Powers interlude here). This means that eventually an hour of parking could cost you $6.50 on the street and it would run all day and night everyday. They want the Olympics... No thanks!!! I saw how the city handled the Gay Games. If Chicago can't handle its own traffic on its broken down expressways how is it going to handle international tourists of mass proportion? Hopefully I won't be around this city to see that mess. Maybe with good old Rod getting his we'll finally be able to get someone who can do the job well without all the under the table crap.
  • Menergy_1

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    Dec 10, 2008 12:36 AM GMT
    I read on another forum that the previous (Republican) governor was also put in prison for corruption/crimes by the same Federal prosecutor handing the current investigation and arrest(s).

    Seems the Chicago/Illinois political scene indeed reeks storngly - at least according to the opinion of this guy who posted the information (and he's also a lawyer and a judge in real life in Illiniois).
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    Dec 10, 2008 12:16 PM GMT
    I read that Blagojevich felt "stuck" as Governor of Illinois---sheeh...it's not exactly a dead-end job. (well, I guess it is now).

    At this rate, they'll soon need a special wing for corrupt governors at Joliet prison.
  • Koaa2

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    Dec 10, 2008 1:16 PM GMT
    Oprah needs to step in and save the State!
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    Dec 11, 2008 6:20 AM GMT
    Trib columnist Clarence Page today said that Illinois / Chi politics are so corrupt, and in spite of it it is a great city and a great place to live!

    BTW. Barack Obama and Blagojevich had a pretty cool relationship. Rod was on of the few if not the only Dem governor BHO did not make an appearance with during the campaign.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Dec 11, 2008 7:23 AM GMT
    Is anyone really shocked about this?!?
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    Dec 11, 2008 8:14 AM GMT
    and what's up with that hair....

    um does a family of baggers live in that thing