Even without a trial, it seems, Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois has been condemned by pulic opinion….
Shortly after his 2002 election,told . he didn’t appoint the congressman’s wife as lottery director because he had refused him a $25,000 campaign donation, a person familiar with the conversation told The Associated Press on Tuesday. “Blagojevich went out of his way to say, ‘You know I was considering your wife for the lottery job and the $25,000 you didn’t give me? That’s why she’s not getting the job,'” the person said, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the ongoing federal investigation.
Jackson’s name has played prominently ever since Blagojevich was arrested last week on corruption charges, including allegations that he tried to sell or trade President-elect Barack Obama‘s vacant Senate seat for personal gain.
By DON BABWIN, Associated Press Writer
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. answers questions about a report involving his brother Jonathan outside his house in Chicago, Friday, Dec. 12, 2008. As calls for the impeachment Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich intensified,, the Chicago Tribune reports in a story for Friday’s editions, citing unnamed sources, that businessman Raghuveer Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi told attendees at an Oct. 31 meeting that they needed to raise the money for the governor to ensure Jackson’s appointment.The Oct. 31 meeting led to a Blagojevich fundraiser held Saturday that was co-sponsored by Nayak. The governor attended, as did Jackson’s brother Jonathan, who went into business with Nayak several years ago, according to the newspaper report.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
Jackson has been identified as one of the candidates Blagojevich was considering for the seat, and a criminal complaint said his supporters were willing to raise $1.5 million for the governor if he picked the congressman.