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Wide White: As if a 4% approval rating weren't bad enough

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

As if a 4% approval rating weren't bad enough

After the scandal Illinois went through with Republican Governor George Ryan, you'd think his Democratic successor would have learned.

Apparently, he hasn't.
Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff, John Harris, were arrested by FBI agents on federal corruption charges Tuesday morning.

Blagojevich and Harris were arrested simultaneously at their homes at about 6:15 a.m., according to Frank Bochte of the FBI. Both were transported to FBI headquarters in Chicago.

In one charge related to the appointment of a senator to replace Barack Obama, prosecutors allege that Blagojevich sought appointment for himself as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the new Obama administration, or a lucrative job with a union, in exchange for appointing a union-preferred candidate.

Another charge alleges Blagojevich and Harris conspired to demand the firing of Chicago Tribune editorial board members responsible for editorials critical of him in exchange for state help with the sale of Wrigley Field, the Chicago Cubs baseball stadium owned by Tribune Co.
"The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering," U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald said in a statement.

"They allege that Blagojevich put a 'for sale' sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism."
Who would have thought that in Illinois, a Democratic governor would have a lower approval rating than President George W. Bush? (As of October, long before this arrest, his approval rating stood at a paltry 4%.)


Blogger Jeff Burton declared,

This guy's corrupt ways have been widely known long before this broke - hence the 4% approval rating.

12/09/2008 12:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous declared,

Welcome to Chicago politics!

12/09/2008 8:09 PM  

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