Move over “Cold Cash” Jefferson, yet another democrat is in legal trouble, Pete Williams, NBC News et al:

WASHINGTON – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday on charges of conspiring to get financial benefits through his authority to appoint a U.S. senator to fill the vacancy left by Barack Obama’s election as president

Note this scandal is linked to the Office of the President Elect.   These are the emoluments Blagojevich suggested:

The Department of Justice alleges that in exchange for the Senate appointment, Blagojevich discussed obtaining:

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

Note, sounds like business as usual in Illinois.   The Senate needs to make it part of Attorney General designate Eric Holder’s confirmation to extract a promise from Holder not to interfere with Peter Fitzgerald’s investigation.

Also as cabinet post or ambassador ship can only come from the President, we need to know what the Office of the President Elect knew, and when.

Note how Blagojevich’s first suggestion sounds like BO’s appointment to the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and the second sounds like Mrs. BO’s position with a Chicago hospital. 

Yes, business as usual in Illinois.

Update: (Bit) I’ll have lots more on this in tonight’s Ramble.




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