Surely not?

December 9, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Posted in U.S. Politics | Leave a comment

This is bonkers. Sure, Illinois is well-known for its shady & even outright corrupt politics, but surely they can’t be this corrupt?

Federal authorities in Chicago arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Tuesday and accused him of attempting to benefit financially from his position to appoint Barack Obama’s Senate replacement.

U.S. Attorney’s office spokesman Randall Samborn said both Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were taken into custody.

[…]

A federal official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told The Associated Press that the allegations include that the governor took money from at least one individual in connection with naming a successor for the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by Obama. The official declined to be named publicly because the investigation was still under way.

From the Chicago Tribune:

Federal authorities got approval from a judge before the November general election to secretly record the governor, sources told the Tribune, and among their concerns was whether the selection process might be tainted. That possibility has become a focus in an intensifying investigation that has included recordings of the governor and the cooperation of one of his closest friends.

So they suspected before the election that he’d try to sell Obama’s seat if he won, and now they believe he’s proved them right.

Nothing surprises me when it comes to corruption cases any more, but this, if it turns out to be true, is some astonishing chutzpah.

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