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Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« on: December 09, 2008, 09:41:27 AM »
this is very, very shady!


CNN -- Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is in federal custody on corruption charges, a law enforcement official said Tuesday.

Rod Blagojevich is currently serving his second term as governor of Illinois.

 Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's office for the Northern District of Illinois.

Both men are expected in U.S. District Court in Chicago later Tuesday.

A news conference is expected at noon ET.

Federal prosecutors say Blagojevich, Harris and others conspired to gain financial benefits in appointing President-elect Barack Obama's Senate replacement, according to the statement.

"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."

According to the statement, Blagojevich is alleged to have discussed obtaining:

a substantial salary for himself at either a non-profit foundation or an organization affiliated with labor unions;

a spot for his wife on paid corporate boards, where he speculated she might garner as much as $150,000 a year;

promises of campaign funds -- including cash up front;

a Cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself.

The Obama transition team is aware that Blagojevich is in federal custody, but has no comment, according to a senior Democratic source.

The statement also alleges that Blagojevich and others tried to illegally obtain campaign contributions.

Blagojevich, Harris and others are also alleged to have withheld state assistance to the Tribune Company in connection with the sale of Wrigley Field. The statement says this was done to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members who were critical of Blagojevich.

Blagojevich, who turns 52 on Wednesday, is in his second four-year term as Illinois governor. His term ends in January 2011.

Before being elected governor, he served as a U.S. congressman for Illinois' 5th district from 1997 until 2003, according to his online biography. He and his wife, Patti, have two daughters.

Blagojevich announced last month that he was forming a panel to review candidates to fill Obama's Senate seat.

Several Illinois Democrats -- including Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. and Iraq war veteran Tammy Duckworth, a former congressional candidate who now serves in Blagojevich's administration -- have been mentioned as possible Senate replacements for Obama.
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2008, 10:25:23 AM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2008, 11:26:15 AM »
Did you guys know about this before today or is this "a surprise"?
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2008, 11:36:17 AM »
Did you guys know about this before today or is this "a surprise"?


He's been under investigation for YYYEEEAAARRRS on a long laundry list of corruption charges. So, yes it was a surprise it went down today, but...

76 page FBI affidavit!

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081209/ap_on_re_us/blagojevich_corruption_probe


Gov. Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris were arrested at their homes this morning in a probe involving the governor’s quest to fill Sen. Barack Obama’s open Senate seat and focusing on wire fraud and bribery charges.

The charges also include alleged attempts by the governor to influence the Tribune editorial board, threatening, that if the Tribune didn’t support him, he wouldn’t approve the sale of Wrigley Field.

At a news conference today, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald (remember him--I'm thinking Supreme Court appointee next stop for Fitz) called Blagojevich's attempts to sell the Senate seat as the most appalling thing to happen to Illinois politics in years.

"The conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave," he said.

The complaint contends Blagojevich, a Democrat, threatened to withhold substantial state assistance to the Tribune Co. in connection with the sale of Wrigley (WHAT?!? Why would a bankrupt state HAVE to provide assistance to the owner of the Cubs who wish to unload the ball park?) to induce the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members critical of Blagojevich.

The governor is also accused of obtaining campaign contributions in exchange for official actions — in the past and recently in a push before a new state ethics law takes effect Jan. 1.

Blagojevich, 51, and Harris, 46, both of Chicago, are each charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and solicitation of bribery. They were charged in a two-count criminal complaint that was sworn out on Sunday and unsealed today following their arrests, which occurred without incident, the feds said.

http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/blagojevich/1321300,rod-blagojevich-illinois-governor-custody-120908.article



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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2008, 02:21:27 PM »
Add this to the list....

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Blagojevich also was charged with illegally threatening to withhold state assistance to Tribune Co., the owner of the Chicago Tribune, in an attempt to strong-arm the newspaper into firing editorial writers who had criticized him.

The 51-year-old Democrat was also accused of engaging in pay-to-play politics — that is, doling out jobs, contracts and appointments in return for campaign contributions.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081209/ap_on_re_us/blagojevich_corruption_probe



I think pay-to-play politics is pretty much the norm.  ..-)

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #5 on: December 10, 2008, 01:36:58 PM »
This guy is a genius. We should sell government positions to the highest bidder to supplement the federal bail-out ://
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2008, 04:51:52 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #7 on: December 10, 2008, 04:59:46 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #8 on: December 10, 2008, 05:04:39 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #9 on: December 10, 2008, 05:07:28 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

Well, it goes to show how far down the republicans have fallen! :rofl_2:

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #10 on: December 10, 2008, 05:38:11 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

Well, it goes to show how far down the republicans have fallen! :rofl_2:

 :rofl_2:  Good point!

Anyway, vote him in and throw him out. Better than the Republican way, i'dn't it? I say so, what you say?
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #11 on: December 10, 2008, 06:04:27 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

Well, it goes to show how far down the republicans have fallen! :rofl_2:

 :rofl_2:  Good point!

Anyway, vote him in and throw him out. Better than the Republican way, i'dn't it? I say so, what you say?

What's the difference. What's the "Republican way"? To me it's all the same.

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #12 on: December 10, 2008, 06:42:15 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

Well, it goes to show how far down the republicans have fallen! :rofl_2:

 :rofl_2:  Good point!

Anyway, vote him in and throw him out. Better than the Republican way, i'dn't it? I say so, what you say?

What's the difference. What's the "Republican way"? To me it's all the same.

Vote 'em in, leave 'em in. Big diff.

Dude, Blogo deserves jail, just like his corrupt predecessor George Ryan (R). Nothing less. Fin.
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #13 on: December 10, 2008, 06:50:20 PM »
It's a Family Tradition. Since the early '70s, three IL Governors have been sent to prison. George Ryan (1999-2003) is still in the klink!

Forgettabout Jesse Jackson Jr. and Duckworth. Rep of Babblelon Jan Schakowsy will be the next great senator from the state of Illinois.

And folks still want the job....  What is it about Illinois?... Maybe it's too cold up there for clear thinking... :rofl_2:

Hell, why wouldn't crooks want the yob? Just glad I voted for him, because I wouldn't want some R to appoint Obama's replacement.  ;-()

You would take a crook over a republican. That pretty much shows how polarized this country is.

Well, it goes to show how far down the republicans have fallen! :rofl_2:

 :rofl_2:  Good point!

Anyway, vote him in and throw him out. Better than the Republican way, i'dn't it? I say so, what you say?

What's the difference. What's the "Republican way"? To me it's all the same.

Vote 'em in, leave 'em in. Big diff.

Dude, Blogo deserves jail, just like his corrupt predecessor George Ryan (R). Nothing less. Fin.

One more thing, I haven't heard a single Dem come to his defense. To a person, the moment the FBI affidavit came to light, they've all asked for his head. THAT is not the Republican way.
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #14 on: December 10, 2008, 07:00:08 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #15 on: December 10, 2008, 07:12:25 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

:uh:
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Whatever, Mr. Jaded. Don't see Rs ever running from the stink. On the contrary, they maintain they've been set up by some liberal media witch hunt and claim that their guy is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway, what IL-Dems are doing now is all anyone could hope for in the face of corruption charges: do the right thing. That said, there's no satisfying people like you.

 :(
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #16 on: December 10, 2008, 08:44:41 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

:uh:
"See chameleon lying there in the sun
All things to everyone run, runaway"


Whatever, Mr. Jaded. Don't see Rs ever running from the stink. On the contrary, they maintain they've been set up by some liberal media witch hunt and claim that their guy is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway, what IL-Dems are doing now is all anyone could hope for in the face of corruption charges: do the right thing. That said, there's no satisfying people like you.

 :(

After watching the budgetary debacle that has been the last 2 months. After watching hundreds of billions of dollars, trillions of dollars, of aid go to the banks and auto companies after they screw up their companies, so they can continue to live their fat cat lives, and keep their million dollar homes, while people are getting laid off and loosing their life savings, their homes and their livelihoods, you remain steadfast in your belief that the average politician isn't on the take in one way or another. You still think there is a difference in this factor between the parties?
I say good for you. Keep that bag over your head, your going to need it while you're dumpster diving. Find some rich neighborhood, maybe you'll get some nice caviar leftovers.

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #17 on: December 10, 2008, 09:33:43 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

:uh:
"See chameleon lying there in the sun
All things to everyone run, runaway"


Whatever, Mr. Jaded. Don't see Rs ever running from the stink. On the contrary, they maintain they've been set up by some liberal media witch hunt and claim that their guy is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway, what IL-Dems are doing now is all anyone could hope for in the face of corruption charges: do the right thing. That said, there's no satisfying people like you.

 :(

After watching the budgetary debacle that has been the last 2 months. After watching hundreds of billions of dollars, trillions of dollars, of aid go to the banks and auto companies after they screw up their companies, so they can continue to live their fat cat lives, and keep their million dollar homes, while people are getting laid off and loosing their life savings, their homes and their livelihoods, you remain steadfast in your belief that the average politician isn't on the take in one way or another. You still think there is a difference in this factor between the parties?
I say good for you. Keep that bag over your head, your going to need it while you're dumpster diving. Find some rich neighborhood, maybe you'll get some nice caviar leftovers.

What the F*** are you talking like an idiot about? I remain steadfast about just one thing: the Progressive movement in general, and the Obama adm in particular, will govern (my state and) this country better than either party has over the span of my lifetime. Just get that straight if you want to attribute your wild accusations to me.
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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #18 on: December 10, 2008, 10:02:56 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

:uh:
"See chameleon lying there in the sun
All things to everyone run, runaway"


Whatever, Mr. Jaded. Don't see Rs ever running from the stink. On the contrary, they maintain they've been set up by some liberal media witch hunt and claim that their guy is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway, what IL-Dems are doing now is all anyone could hope for in the face of corruption charges: do the right thing. That said, there's no satisfying people like you.

 :(

After watching the budgetary debacle that has been the last 2 months. After watching hundreds of billions of dollars, trillions of dollars, of aid go to the banks and auto companies after they screw up their companies, so they can continue to live their fat cat lives, and keep their million dollar homes, while people are getting laid off and loosing their life savings, their homes and their livelihoods, you remain steadfast in your belief that the average politician isn't on the take in one way or another. You still think there is a difference in this factor between the parties?
I say good for you. Keep that bag over your head, your going to need it while you're dumpster diving. Find some rich neighborhood, maybe you'll get some nice caviar leftovers.

What the F*** are you talking like an idiot about? I remain steadfast about just one thing: the Progressive movement in general, and the Obama adm in particular, will govern (my state and) this country better than either party has over the span of my lifetime. Just get that straight if you want to attribute your wild accusations to me.

Good luck with that.  :rofl_2:

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Re: Babble's Governor in Big trouble!
« Reply #19 on: December 10, 2008, 10:09:23 PM »
Blah blah blah... Political hogwash.
If there was a doubt, or the possibility he could get off, they would be flocking to his defense. The mountain of evidence they have presented makes him radioactive. Everybody is running as fast as their little feets can carry them.

:uh:
"See chameleon lying there in the sun
All things to everyone run, runaway"


Whatever, Mr. Jaded. Don't see Rs ever running from the stink. On the contrary, they maintain they've been set up by some liberal media witch hunt and claim that their guy is innocent until proven guilty. Anyway, what IL-Dems are doing now is all anyone could hope for in the face of corruption charges: do the right thing. That said, there's no satisfying people like you.

 :(

After watching the budgetary debacle that has been the last 2 months. After watching hundreds of billions of dollars, trillions of dollars, of aid go to the banks and auto companies after they screw up their companies, so they can continue to live their fat cat lives, and keep their million dollar homes, while people are getting laid off and loosing their life savings, their homes and their livelihoods, you remain steadfast in your belief that the average politician isn't on the take in one way or another. You still think there is a difference in this factor between the parties?
I say good for you. Keep that bag over your head, your going to need it while you're dumpster diving. Find some rich neighborhood, maybe you'll get some nice caviar leftovers.

What the F*** are you talking like an idiot about? I remain steadfast about just one thing: the Progressive movement in general, and the Obama adm in particular, will govern (my state and) this country better than either party has over the span of my lifetime. Just get that straight if you want to attribute your wild accusations to me.

Good luck with that.  :rofl_2:

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