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Merry Fitzmas, Republicans.
Federal authorities arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich [Democrat] Tuesday on charges that he brazenly conspired to sell or trade the Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama [Democrat] to the highest bidder.
[Democrat] Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in the sale of Wrigley Field, according to a federal criminal complaint. In return for state assistance, [Democrat] Blagojevich allegedly wanted members of the paper's editorial board who had been critical of him fired.
A 76-page FBI affidavit said the 51-year-old Democratic governor was intercepted on court-authorized wiretaps over the last month conspiring to sell or trade the vacant Senate seat for personal benefits for himself and his wife, Patti.
It struck me as rather obvious that the next Senator from Illinois would have been someone like Jesse Jackson Jr, in order to retain the "only black Senator" factor.
U.S. Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald said in a statement that "the breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering."
Posted by AlexC at December 9, 2008 11:55 AM
"They allege that Blagojevich [Democrat] put a for sale sign on the naming of a United States senator," Fitzgerald said."