“The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave,” Fitzgerald said as he detailed the breathtakingly brash display of pay-to-play political machinations detailed in the 76-page affidavit against Blagojevich.
“We were in the middle of a corruption crime spree, and we wanted to stop it,” said Fitzgerald, who dubbed the accusations against the two-term governor “a truly new low.”
That’s how US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald described the charges against Illinois Governor Blagojevich. Yes what he is doing is illegal and wrong but is it really shocking and a “truly new low”? I don’t think it is at all. Let’s look at some of the things Blagojevich was caught saying:
First on the empty senate seat:
“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,”
“I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain,” he allegedly said on tape.
“You hear what I’m saying. And if I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself.”
Everyone in politics or half a brain knows that this is a true statement. Having the power to name that senate seat is just that power. He would be stupid to just give it away and not use that as leverage. He’s not going to be governor forever.
Second, on him wanting to make money:
“I want to make money”
Looking for a hefty salaried job for himself at a foundation or group linked to labor unions – even musing that Obama supporter and billionaire Warren Buffett could be coerced into kicking in millions to create an outfit where Blagojevich could work.
Any of that shocking to you? That happens all the time in politics. You don’t get into politics for the salary..you get in to make connections to make money when you get out or while in office.
Third, on his wife:
Seeking to get his wife Patti named to a corporate board where she could earn a stipend up to $150,000
Yeah that follows the same rule as above. How many corporate boards have ex governors, senators, etc on them? And yes their spouses are on these as well…easier to hide.
Fourth, campaign funds:
Pushing to exchange funding for local programs in exchange for campaign cash
This is laughable to me…this happens at every level of government and ALL the time. Again, I’m not saying it’s right but let’s be adults here. So in my opinion none of this is shockng or “truly new low”. It’s politics as usual. My real question is how did he get caught and why? Who did he piss off? My guess is that someone was going after Obama and had to settle for him. I’m all for sending this jerkoff to jail but let’s not play favorites here…don’t stop here, get the rest of them.