December 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
6 years ago

U.S. attorney: Blagojevich has taken us to 'new low'

U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held a press conference Tuesday.
U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald held a press conference Tuesday.

CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Hours after federal investigators announced they had arrested Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff on corruption charges, U.S. attorney Patrick Fitzgerald declared Tuesday a "sad day for government."

"Gov. Blagojevich has taken us to a new low," he said. "This conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave."

Fitzgerald said the government had bugged the governor's campaign office and placed a tap on his home phone.

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  1. Karen

    Blagojevich is absolute that Obama was going to advance B's position... a job for B's wife, a position or job for B. B is angry that the Obama advisors are telling B he may have to wait 2 years to avoid the appearance of impropriety. ick. I would ask why, but gee, it isn't necessary, is it? ick.

    December 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  2. Seattle Sue

    What disgrace!

    December 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  3. ANGIE

    They are all corrupt all politicans! but what can we do about it?

    December 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  4. FreeNLovIt

    For eight years, they couldnt press any valid charges against Blagojevich and now, they're tapping his phone to convict him. I dont know but we need to draw the lines. A government official needs his or her privacy to conduct state affairs. How is anyone supposed to be effective if they are paranoid about business meetings? This is CRAZY. I hope and pray that it backfires.

    December 9, 2008 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  5. grahame

    Wow I can just hear the spin at Republican headquarters. Careful though if you do then the Democrats will dig up all the Republican dirty laundry and if you cast your mind back a couple of weeks then that a great amount of Republican dirt.

    December 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  6. Larry

    The gov.is" SELLING" Obama's Senate seat ,of course he has already said Obama knows nothing about it.Actually Obama doesn't know anything about any politics that goes on in Illinois,or Chicago,at least that is what we keep being told.

    December 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  7. American View

    Crook!

    December 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  8. rm

    Interesting....They have been recording his phone calls for 2 years and NOW they arrest him(coincidentally after Obama gets elected). I am sure they have been trying to get Obama on something for those two years and found nada. I guess they had to get someone since Obama is squeaky clean. I am so proud of my new President-elect.

    December 9, 2008 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  9. Kim

    Unbelievable. Wow! What a complete insult to Obama and the state of Illinois.

    December 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  10. California Gold

    This is disturbing, to say the least. My thoughts are for his 2 young daughters. How does he think this disgrace will impact his children? They probably don't even understand what corruption is, let alone see their parent as corrupt. Then again, men like Blagojevich are only concerned about themselves and no one else matters.

    December 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  11. SweetDoc

    This is really disgusting news. To attempt to sell a senate seat especially the one vacated by the President-Elect.

    I say Blagojevich makes Spitzer look like an altar boy right now

    December 9, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  12. Brian Patrick

    If it is true, I hope they put him away for a long, long time.

    December 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  13. Sandy

    Wow. The economy must really be a bad state to try to sell a Senate seat. lol

    December 9, 2008 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  14. Debbie

    This is truly amazing. And disgusting. Move over Elliott Spitzer! What is WRONG with these people?!

    December 9, 2008 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  15. MikeH

    No, I would have to say that the low that Tom Delay and Jack Abramoff took us to is quite a bit lower. So is the low that Dennis Hastert went to to shield gay pedophile Mark Foley.

    Blagojevich, if found to be guilty as charged, and not the target of a Republican prosecutor smear, would be a very corrupt self-serving individual, and a symbol of what is wrong with America.

    December 9, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  16. Chicago style

    You all gonna get a taste of Chicago style.

    Half of City Hall is moving into the White House in January.

    Wow. I hope I'm wrong.

    December 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  17. ran

    If this is true there is not enough punishment that can be given to this person. His action is the lowest of the low.

    December 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  18. Rave

    This guy is a jerk. Get him

    December 9, 2008 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  19. Lanae

    It is amazing to me how so many corrupt politicians are in Chicago, and none of that rubbed off on Obama. Obama is the example that every politician should look to. I am so sick of tired of these greedy, sleezy people politicans who think they can get away with this kind of stuff. YOU CAN"T GET AWAY WITH IT...That democrat in Louisiana and now this bozo. Obama didn't need yet another distraction to his transition to the presidency

    December 9, 2008 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  20. Jason

    This is the type of Chicago liberal politics that Obama will bring to the white house. Wonder how much Obama is going to sell our national secrets for.

    December 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  21. paul (staunch Moderate)

    A new low is an understatement. This just adds to the high number of politicians who have been either already convicted or now stand accused.

    How do politicians ever expect to regain the trust of their constituents? Alas, evidently even term limits wouldn't stop the corruption. These guys would just move from one public office to the next until caught.

    December 9, 2008 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  22. jeff jones

    Corrupt GOP my butt. This liberal trash epitiomizes Democratic politics. The Democrats are just as corrupt, if not more, than the Republicans. I am anxiously awaiting all the condemnation from Nancy Pelosi, Diane WHINEstein, and Barack Hussein Obama about this. These idiotic hypocrites will most certainly blame Bush for this.

    December 9, 2008 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  23. aware

    So, What is new here other than that he got caught?

    How do you think PEBO got where he is? "Chicago smack down" plus you grease my palm, and I will grease yours! :(

    December 9, 2008 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  24. rob

    I wonder how far Fitz will dig to find all the corruption in Ill. We remember how he left no stone unturned to get Scooter Libby on forgetting what exactly he said to whom and when in the Plame investigation that went nowhere because there was no law broken.

    December 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  25. clifford

    Chicago politics!!! And Obama to!! Oh how the "messiah" has fooled his sheep!!!

    December 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
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