According to the
Chicago Tribune, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested this morning by the Federal authorities. (The Hot Fuzz Fed’s)
Blago was already under investigation because of his alleged ethical violations with Obama’s favorite land developed Tony Rezko, but it seems like the FBI is seeking new criminal charges based on Blagojevich’s attempts to sell Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. Yes, you read that right. Blagojevich tried to sell the Senate seat. Oy! those Chicago politicians.
According to the federal complaint (pdf.), Blago refused to appoint Obama’s prefered replacement (which appears to be Valerie Jarrett) unless he got something valuable in return. Jarrett pulled her name from the consideration for the open seat weeks ago, indicating that the President elect refused to pay to play with the Gov. (The federal complaint indicates this as well.)
Blago also sought to quid pro quo the Senate seat to SEIU in exchange for personal benefits but it seems that they wasn’t going anywhere either.
While this story is certainly amusing, there isn’t any real news here. Everyone knew Blagojevich was a corrupt politician and everyone knew he was going to try and get politicial favor from this appointment. But unfortunately for Blagojevich his greed took him from your standard politicial logrolling to unethical attempts for personal gain.