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. Denise Groves

    This is incredible! Why in the world would this man do such a thing? He, Kilpatrick, and Jefferson all must have attended the school of arrogance, stupidity, selfishness and egotism!

    December 9, 2008 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  2. Greed is not good

    Nothing "new" about it. Just the latest in a series of a long list of criminals and corruption: DeLay, Cunningham, Jefferson, Foley, Craig

    White House: Scooter Libby (yeah right)

    December 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. JuanM

    Let me guess..."This is not the Gov Blagojevich I know or knew."

    December 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  4. Duncan

    I am amazed that people still incriminate themselves on electronic media.

    December 9, 2008 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  5. Larry

    Why is it so hard to find honor in this country

    Why is it that so many find working in an honest way so hard to conceive

    Put him away with the rest of the bums that want to cheat their way to the top of the mountain

    December 9, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. franky

    Thank you Mr. Fitzgerald for your services.

    December 9, 2008 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  7. Lyndon from CA

    A new low! What do call Larry Craig or Ted Stevens? Give me a break.

    December 9, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  8. MattZ

    Well, is the US a captalist nation or isn't it? Go Free Market!
    MZ

    December 9, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  9. Frank

    Any day an Illinois politician gets taken down is a good day.

    December 9, 2008 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  10. Brian

    Funny that the MSM keeps forgetting to mention the governor's part affiliation.

    I'm certain this would have happened if it were a (R)

    December 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  11. Rose

    New low? Are you kidding right?! Plotitics is very often a very "low" sport!

    December 9, 2008 01:45 pm at 1:45 pm |
  12. Market watcher

    Illinois politics, pheh!
    And this is the environment that our next president comes from.
    So much for "change".

    December 9, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  13. Noah

    Next up: Tony Rezko and his connections to Obama. Wow. I have to be honest, I am a Republican who voted against Obama but even I cringe at the prospects of what an investigation into he and Rezko's relationships might find. I am not sure I want such an investigaion. We need to move forward as a country and find common ground. Many of us had been trying to warn people about obama's shady alliances and the Left simply did not want to hear it. Now they have no choice. This could drag America through the mud.

    December 9, 2008 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  14. J.P.

    A sleazy scumbag Chicago politician acting sleazy and scumbaggish. Where's the news here?

    December 9, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  15. sandy

    He's probably no worse than some of the sitting senators and congressman in our capital, The difference is he got caught. I think politicians better wake up to the fact that American's are sick of their actions. We want an honest government and we will get one

    December 9, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  16. jail

    no more of this bargaining for politicians, send them away when they violate trust

    December 9, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  17. Mari

    Oh my GOD! THAT IS AWFUL........ DESPICABLE! INSANE!

    Is this man for real???????

    HORRIBLE....... SHAME ON HIM!

    December 9, 2008 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  18. Jimmers

    Wow!!! What an idiot and fraud but..... who was Fitzgerald sleeping with when he couldn't or I should say wouldn't do anything serious against karl rove and the dunce Scooter Libby over so many lies......Fitzgerald is a stooge for the bush administration and the Republicans...........

    December 9, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  19. Jeff

    This guy is filth. I think even the most staunch Democratic voters will agree. This won't be partisan by any means.

    December 9, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  20. KM

    Life sentence for this guy and take away his American citizenship.

    Or death.

    I'm flexible.

    December 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  21. Louis

    The voters are partially to blame for electing some of these corrupt politicians–many candidates show obvious hints of their behavior during elections and previous offices held. The voters often choose to ignore these facts because the candidate supports their agenda, but once in office, the politicians true colors are revealed. The lesson here–listen carefully to candidates and watch how they behave in their personal and professional lives, then vote accordingly.

    December 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  22. Chipster

    That "innocent until proven guilty" thing is just highly overrated anyhow.

    December 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  23. Afam

    I am a democratic and this is shameful just like former rep jefferson he needs to. i am black and this has nothing to do with skin color.he has to go.

    December 9, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  24. Greg Hodges

    In the immortal words of William Shakespeare: "A plague on all your houses!!" When are men/women in high office going to remember it is their sworn duty to work for the people who elected you; to serve THEIR interests and not your own? Maybe Patrick Fitzgerald should run; as he has such a stirling reputation for honesty; not playing favourites with either party; and getting the job done!

    December 9, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  25. LA13

    What is the big deal? Tell me when was the last time someone or something in Illinois wasn't bribed? Can you spell ACORN?

    December 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
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