A local detail on today’s big story:
Long before Rod Blagojevich was taken into custody, he employed as a deputy governor Bradley Tusk, who New York political types may remember as the young high-achiever who worked for Michael Bloomberg and, before that, for Senator Chuck Schumer and, before that, for former city parks commissioner Henry Stern.
In New York, Tusk helped Bloomberg create a program to make public schools “more parent-friendly” and produce the “Thank You America” video in the aftermath of the country’s outpouring of support following the 2001 terrorist attacks. He also was a point person on the mayor’s attempt to compile a list of campaign promises for purposes of public self-assessment, and he served “the Mayor’s liaison to a number of political organizations and civic and religious institutions.”
Tusk eventually left his job with Blagojevich to work for the equally ill-fated Lehman Brothers.