Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell the U.S. Senate vacated by President-elect Barack Obama, Ben Conery is reporting.
As governor, Blagojevich has the duty to appoint replacements for congressional officers and had set a price for naming Obama’s replacement, according to the indictment.
Blagojevich was elected to “clean up” the corruption of his predecessor, George Ryan, who is doing time in a federal prison. I guess Blagojevich needed a bigger broom — or a better idea of what it means to clean up. (Hint: In an elected office, it doesn’t have anything to do with raking in a lot of cash.)
Apparently, Blagojevich tried to bend the Chicago Tribune to his will by threatening its editorial board, daring the paper to find any dirt on him. Not a smart move there, Rod. Remember Gary Hart? They will go after you.