It is a sad day for those of us in the Land of Lincoln. Even though the past decade has lowered our expectations of public officials to ground zero, our Current Future Convict just dug a new basement.
On the issue of the U.S. Senate selection, federal prosecutors alleged Blagojevich sought appointment as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.The most chilling words in that news release are "Patrick Fitzgerald". This prosecutor gets his man. Every time.
Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of Blagojevich in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.Blagojevich and Harris, along with others, obtained and sought to gain financial benefits for the governor, members of his family and his campaign fund in exchange for appointments to state boards and commissions, state jobs and state contracts."The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement.
"They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism." [More]
Meanwhile, we are hurtling toward public sector bankruptcy thanks to a legislature which matches the character of the executive branch, our flagship newspaper is mortally wounded by thunderingly incompetent dealmaking, and our one-sided political rule is about to be overtaken by its own sheer stupidity.
Here's what really hurts. Who is the one IL Governor I have had a chance to be pictured with?
The stupid - it burns....