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Illinois Governor Big-Jerk-ovich: You Did and Said What?

December 9, 2008

Knowing that he was already under investigation, Illinois Governor  Blagojevich said on the telephone: “I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f***in’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”

Just yesterday he said: “I don’t care whether you tape me privately or publicly. I can tell you that whatever I say is always lawful.”

Sounds like Richard Nixon?

The phone call including the “I’ve got this thing and it’s f***ing golden … thing” comment was secretly recorded by the FBI on November 5, the day after the election of Barack Obama, according to the affidavit filed against Blagojevich today.

Like O.J., Governor Jerkovich may have just hanged himself with his owns stupid words, pride and bravado.

Fox News lawyer and commentator Greta Van Susteren said, “These recordings would make a defense attorney have a stroke.”

“Conduct that would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” said U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald in announcing the charges today in Chicago.

Pundits on all the major news channels expressed “shock” at this “outrageous behavior.”

But it is really just the activity and mouth of a stupid jerk: Governor Blag-Jerk-Ovich.

Brian Ross from ABC News wrote:

He said the governor’s efforts to “sell” the Senate seat was the “most sinister and appalling” of a range of alleged corrupt acts detailed in today’s case.

Fitzgerald said “there’s no reference in the complaint to any conversations involving the president-elect or indicating that the president-elect was aware of it, and that’s all I can say.”
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His comment did not close the door on the possibility that Obama or someone on his staff may have known of some aspect of the governor’s demands.

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Four words: Are you kidding me?

Selling Barack Obama’s Senate seat? Are you kidding me?

There are allegations of political corruption, and then there are allegations of political corruption.

If this is true — and by all means we should presume innocence on the part of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich until the prosecution has made its case — but, if this is true, you have to be some kind of delusional. Watch Campbell Brown’s commentary…..

You have to be psychotic.

See the video:
http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/12/09/campbell.brown.illinois/index.html

Illinois Governor in Corruption Scandal

December 9, 2008

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois was arrested and charged with corruption, including an allegation that he conspired to profit from appointing a senator to succeed Barack Obama.

By Monica Davey and Jack Healy
The New York Times

Frank Polich/Reuters

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald discussed the charges against Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois at a news conference in Chicago on Tuesday.

Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat, called his sole authority to name Mr. Obama’s successor “golden,” and he sought to parlay it into a job as an ambassador or secretary of Health and Human Services, or a high-paying position at a nonprofit or an organization connected to labor unions, prosecutors said.

He also suggested, they said, that in exchange for the Senate appointment, his wife could be placed on corporate boards where she might earn as much as $150,000 a year, and he tried to gain promises of money for his campaign fund.

Amanda Rivkin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois.

If Mr. Blagojevich could not secure a deal to his liking, prosecutors said, he was willing to appoint himself.

“If I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself,” the governor said in recorded conversation, prosecutors said.

A 76-page affidavit from the United States Attorney’s office in the Northern District of Illinois says Mr. Blagojevich (pronounced bluh-GOY-uh-vich) was heard on wiretaps over the last month planning to “sell or trade Illinois’ United States Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama for financial and personal benefits for himself and his wife.”

The charges are part of a five-year investigation into public corruption and allegations of “pay to play” deals in the clubby world of Illinois politics. In addition to the charges related to Mr. Obama’s Senate seat, they include accusations that Mr. Blagojevich worked to gain benefits for himself, his family and his campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions.

The authorities recorded Mr. Blagojevich speaking with advisers, fundraisers, a spokesman and a deputy governor, using listening devices placed in his office, home telephone, and a conference room at the offices of a friend, prosecutors said.

Federal authorities said Mr. Blagojevich’s chief of staff, John Harris, was also named in the complaint. Both men are expected to appear in federal court for the first time later Tuesday.

At a news conference, Patrick Fitzgerald, the prosecutor, said that Mr. Blagojevich had gone on a “political corruption crime spree,” and that his actions had “taken us to a truly new low.”

“The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” Mr. Fitzgerald said.

He added that the complaint “makes no allegations about the president-elect whatsoever.” In one passage of the complaint, Mr. Blagojevich is quoted cursing Mr. Obama in apparent frustration that “they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation.”

Read the rest:
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/09/us/pol
itics/10Illinois.html?_r=1&hp