According to USA Today, secondhand stores and sales on eBayare up during these recessionary times, but this is ridiculous
It seems that, wanting in on the craze to make side income by selling recycled goods, Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was offering a nice, somewhat used Senate seat for sale. But the seat didn’t come cheap, say the Feds, who have just clapped cuffs on the good governor.
Furthermore, the Chicago Sun-Times says that Blagojevich shook down the Tribune Company to get members of the Trib’s editorial critical of him fired, and that Sam Zell had plans to comply under the guise of Chapter 11 reorganization.
Intercepted calls allegedly show that Blagojevich directed Harris to inform the Tribune and an associate, identified as Tribune Financial Advisor, that state financial assistance would be withheld unless members of the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board were fired, primarily because Blagojevich viewed them as driving discussion of his possible impeachment.
And here are some clips from the WSJ story on Gov. Blagojevich’s….uh….entrepreneurial efforts.
Throwing a harsh spotlight on a city that has been celebrating the election of Barack Obama to the White House, federal agents Tuesday arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich and a senior aide on broad corruption charges, including allegations they tried to sell Mr. Obama’s Senate seat.
According to a 76-page two-count indictment unsealed by prosecutors in Chicago on Tuesday, Federal Bureau of Investigation agents allegedly heard the governor on wiretaps attempting to trade or sell the Senate seat being vacated by Mr. Obama when he becomes president next month.
In exchange for the seat, federal agents say Mr. Blagojevich is heard seeking a number of arrangements, including a salary for himself at an organization affiliated with labor unions, a cabinet post or ambassadorship for himself, cash or campaign funds, and placing his wife Patti on paid corporate boards.
During a Dec. 4 wiretapped conversation, Mr. Blagojevich allegedly told an adviser he would “get some [money] upfront, maybe” from one candidate for the Senate seat.
Mr. Blagojevich considered appointing himself. The affidavit said that as late as Nov. 3, he told his deputy governor that if “they’re not going to offer me anything of value I might as well take it.”
Did I mention that Blagojevich was elected as a…(insert sound of hysterical laughter)…..reformer?
The Chicago Trib (featuring it’s newest and most hideously headache-producing, web layout) says that folks on both sides of the aisle are calling for Blagojevich’s resignation.