This is today’s bewilderment:
After Barack Obama won the election, he left the Senate, leaving Illinois with only one Senator. Rod Blagojevich, the Governor of Illinois, was supposed to select a replacement, who would serve the rest of Obama’s term in the Senate.
This is also happening in New York, where Governor Paterson will appoint a Senator to replace Hillary Clinton, who will be Secretary of State.
Unfortunately, Governor Blagojevich did not want to appoint anyone. He preferred to sell Obama’s seat to Representative Jesse Jackson Jr., for up to a million dollars. Blagojevich was arrested, because he discussed it on a telephone, while the FBI was listening to his conversations.
The FBI began Operation Board Games in December 2003, to investigate Governor Blagojevich, who was suspected of corruption. Part of this investigation was conducted by listening to, and recording, Blagojevich’s telephone conversations.
Blagojevich was finally arrested on December 8th, and charged with one count of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud and one count of soliciting bribes — but he will likely be charged with additional crimes. He returns to court March 31.
The day after his release, which happened to be his birthday, Blagojevich went back to work, as if nothing happened.
I have no compassion for criminals, whether it is Blagojevich, or John Gotti, who were recorded, while they spoke about engaging in criminal activities. They are just idiots who were arrested because they talked too much.
What? Me Guilty?
Today, nine days after his birthday, Blagojevich proclaimed his innocence of these charges saying:
“I have done nothing wrong and I’m not going to quit this job”
I like rooting for the underdog, but I read the complaint, and it is impossible to refute the evidence. Blagojevich disagrees. Undaunted, he tried to rouse the crowd at his Press Conference, like he was leading a cheer, proclaiming:
“I will fight! I will fight!”
What is he fighting for? The right to accept bribes?