Selling a Senate Seat

Really?  Trying to sell an appointment to Obama’s vacant Senate seat, when you have been under various investigations for three years?  Is Gov. Blagojevich really that stupid?  Or does Chicago still operate like the old days?  I never believed the saying that Illinois politics is the most corrupt out there….but hmmmm…

What does this mean for our President-elect?  Will his friends be going down in all of this?  Could get interesting…

More Information: http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2008/1209081rod1.html

The criminal complaint against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich includes the following allegations concerning Blagojevich’s actions (and those of Blagojevich’s chief of staff John Harris) to fill Barack Obama’s Senate seat:

By law, after the President-elect’s resignation of his position as a U.S. Senator, which was effective on November 16, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has sole authority to appoint his replacement for the two years remaining of the President-elect’s Senate term. During the course of this investigation, agents have intercepted a series of communications regarding the efforts of ROD BLAGOJEVICH, JOHN HARRIS, and others to misuse this power to obtain personal gain, including financial gain, for ROD BLAGOJEVICH and his family.  In particular, ROD BLAGOJEVICH has been intercepted conspiring to trade the senate seat for particular positions that the President-elect has the power to appoint (e.g. the Secretary of Health and Human Services). ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for his wife’s placement on paid corporate boards or ROD BLAGOJEVICH’s placement at a private foundation in a significant position with a substantial salary. ROD BLAGOJEVICH has also been intercepted conspiring to sell the Senate seat in exchange for millions of dollars in funding for a non-profit organization that he would start and that would employ him at a substantial salary after he left the governorship.

 

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4 Responses to Selling a Senate Seat

  1. Irma says:

    Sadly enough…I’m not surprised!

  2. Tracy says:

    As a former Chicago gal, I’m not surprised, either. I didn’t vote for him when I had the chance. I know the big discussion has been about him trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat, but I hope more people hear about his alleged shakedown of Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago – http://cbs2chicago.com/local/blagojevich.shakedown.hospital.2.883632.html

    A despicable act from a despicable man…

  3. Jenn's Dad Bill says:

    So why is it that the average man on the streets believes government is corrupt. Duh

  4. coffee fiend says:

    Blagojevich has been so successful at making himself and his office look ridiculous that about a million people are now able to remember and maybe even spell his crazy name — that’s sort of like an accomplishment, right?

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