Presented with the opportunity to make an appointment coveted by numerous influential and well-connected politicians, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich had, according to federal prosecutors, the following reaction: “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and I’m not giving it up for fucking nothing.”
Which is the exact same thought process – minus the profanity, Read More
"[W]hen you see those transcripts, it’s like out of an Oliver Stone movie. It’s like somebody wrote this guy into the plot of a movie…"—Dan Barrett, quoted by Bob Seidenberg, The Evanston Review.
"I have never even seen or heard anything like this. I don’t even know if a Hollywood movie producer could Read More
After speaking in praise of retiring Chief Judge Judith Kaye at an event on West 44th Street last night, I asked Paterson if the news out of Illinois is affecting his decision-making process about Hillary Clinton’s vacant senate seat.
He said it made him “more resolved” to find someone based on “merit” and to pick Read More
Six prospective Senate appointees are mentioned in Patrick Fitzgerald’s 76-page indictment of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, though none of them are named.
Fitzgerald, at his press conference, said that this is because aspersions shouldn’t be cast on individuals whose names get dragged into recorded conversations, and that public finger-pointing should be Read More
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 Read More
His name wasn’t on the ballot, but it’s worth noting what a great day Mike Bloomberg had. Six out-of-state candidates he (or his aides) supported won:
Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT),
Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO)
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-CA)
Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL)
Rep. Chris Shays (R-CT)
Mayor Adrian Fenty Read More