Tuesday, December 09, 2008

"I want to make money."

So said Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, according to the 78 page criminal complaint filed today. The complaint portrays Blagojevich as seeking to sell a U.S. Senate seat like a highway construction contract, quoting him as wanting to "monetize" his power to appoint Barack Obama's successor.
As I write in the Guardian today, Blagojevich's conduct, as described in the complaint, "has left observers short of breath - and of adjectives."
I also note that two other Senate seats, in Delaware and New York, are being vacated as well. While there has been considerable intrigue surrounding these selections, nothing approaches the audacity of Blagojevich's scheming. I draw a clear distinction between politics here and in Illinios:
Politics in Delaware may be cosy, but political intimacy takes on a darker meaning when money is put on the table.
By the way, one Chicago politician comes off looking pretty good in the complaint:
Later 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. [Expletive] them."


Blogger Delaware Watch said...

Interesting, isn't it, how many in the GOP keep ignoring the many references in the transcripts that Obama had nothing to do w/ this sordid affair by raising questions as if he were implicated. They are a nasty bunch.

1:47 PM, December 11, 2008  

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