This is Getting Interesting
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich is currently on trial for alleged influence-peddling in relation to President Obama’s vacated senate seat. As most of you know, generally when a seat is vacated, the governor of the state will appoint a Senator to fill in, with a special election being held at the first scheduled general election.
Blago has long-maintained that he is innocent of what he is charged with; specifically, wanting to personally profit in some fashion for naming a Senator. Apparently, Obama had expressed interest in having Valerie Jarrett be named. Jarrett is a long-time Chicago Daley crony, with close ties to Obama, and also part of a scheme to snap up cheap property in Chicago to sell at a huge profit for the Olympics.
Former Chief of Staff to the Governor John Harris was heard in a recorded phone call speaking to the quid-pro-quo that was to be expected:
“The president understands that the governor would be willing to make the appointment of Valerie Jarrett as long as he gets what he’s asked for. . . . The governor gets the Cabinet appointment he’s asked for,” Harris said, explaining a recorded call.
Now, whether Obama really did intend to carry through, or even knew about it explicitly remains to be seen. Deals like this are done time and time again in political circles by all parties and players. I actually have no doubt had Blago not been busted by the Feds he would likely have ended up in Washington in some function, as he was a big player in Illinois and Chicago.
Now, to be honest, I almost find myself rooting for ol’ Blagojevich here. He recently took part in the TV Show “Celebrity Apprentice,” and you can’t deny that he’s a very likable guy, and as was apparent on the show, he just can’t turn off the campaigning. Plus, if he ends up about to go down, I strongly suspect that he won’t be going down alone. If it starts to look too bleak for him, I think he’ll start pointing out where all the figurative bodies are buried.
Somehow, though, I doubt that no matter what beans get spilled out of this mess, someone somewhere will make sure that none of it touches the President.