December 9th, 2008
12:35 PM ET
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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. Susan, Macedon New York

    Sounds like this guy has been corrupt for a really long time. How long has he been in office and why is this the first we're hearing of it?
    Illinois governors don't seem to have a very moral reputation, do they?

    It doesn't matter if they're democrat or republican – most politicians are corrupt in one way or another. The list of pols being incriminated in illegal activities goes on and on and on....

    December 9, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  2. JP Los Alamos, NM

    What's the surprise here? I am originally from Illinois. It is well known that Illinois has the very best government that money can buy.

    December 9, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  3. Bob the Bartender

    "Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely." This is why people in positions of authority need to be closely scrutinized by the public whether they represent government, business, or any other organization affecting the lives of individuals.

    December 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  4. pauld

    Liberals doing what they do best.

    December 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  5. pauld

    Hey KM put him in with OJ!!!

    December 9, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  6. Bush's Last Laugh

    Power corrupts, nothing is new, just wait a little longer. Obama is no angel either.

    December 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  7. LTJ

    KM- LOL- I AGREE

    December 9, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  8. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Rod should be impeached for being even worse than Palin.

    December 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  9. GuyInVA

    Political corruption, pay to play politics, and blind allegiance to labor unions is a NEW low for Illinois? Okay.

    December 9, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  10. Get over it

    "We were in the middle "of a corruption crime scene and we wanted to stop it," Fitzgerald said."

    Give me a break!! Why STOP the investigation???

    Who else is involved.

    Is this part of a cover up ????

    December 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  11. gpm

    The sad irony is that he did these things knowing that it was wrong.

    December 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  12. Mark

    Its funny how Rod Blagojevich, real estate developer Rezko (charged with fraud as well) and Obama's name keep coming up in the same scenario….should tell you democrats something about your shady Senator, yes he is Junior Senator Obama, thats it.

    December 9, 2008 02:11 pm at 2:11 pm |
  13. Ken

    It is interesting that the US attorney that couldn't competently track down and prosecute the treasonous behavior in the Bush administration is now calling the typical slimey corruption we unfortunately see all-to-often in politicians a "new low". Oh really? Trying to sell-off a senate seat is indeed pretty pathetic, but is it lower than endangering the lives of our CIA agents by outing them? At the very least, where was all this accusatory and disdainful rhetoric when he was pursuing the criminals in the white house?

    I smell a [R] turd.

    December 9, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  14. Mark

    ****POST*****

    Its funny how Rod Blagojevich, real estate developer Rezko (charged with fraud as well) and Obama's name keep coming up in the same scenario….should tell you democrats something about your shady Senator, yes he is Junior Senator Obama, thats it.

    December 9, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  15. Mark

    Chicago = Obama = Shady Governor – Shady Campaign Contributor Rezko.......funny how all these things match up somehow

    December 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  16. Mark

    **********************************
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    Chicago = Obama = Shady Governor – Shady Campaign Contributor Rezko…….funny how all these things match up somehow

    December 9, 2008 02:13 pm at 2:13 pm |
  17. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Shouldn't Fitz say instead that "this _alleged_ conduct would make Lincoln roll over in his grave"? Even for the rather obviously guilty in Chiacgo, there are ethical limits on pretrial prosecutorial statements.

    December 9, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  18. Ohio for Obama- Suburbs

    KM- That's pretty deep lol. But I feel you.

    December 9, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  19. nclaw441

    What party is this governor from? Is that not important to this story?

    December 9, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  20. joy

    How funny Fitzgerald says that. Isn't he the same one who tried Libby for the leak of Valerie Plame.

    December 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  21. Michael M.

    Old State Tourism Campaign Motto for Illinois was:
    Illinois You've Put Me in a Happy State.

    New Motto for Illinois:
    Illinois You've Put Me in a Corrupt State. (proposed by M Mason 12/2008)

    3 previous Illinois Governors did prison time... THAT BRINGS A WHOLE NEW MEANING TO SERVED as Governor!

    (Plus Breaking NEWS, Rod Blagojevich has authorized me to sell Barrack Obama's old Senate Seat, so send me a Bid along with a Sway Check!!)

    December 9, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. KM

    I've changed my mind.

    Life in prison is too easy. And death doesn't inflict enough pain.

    Cover him with a bucket of fire ants and burying him alive in a casket.

    December 9, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Mark

    POST THIS

    Its funny how Rod Blagojevich, real estate developer Rezko (charged with fraud as well) and Obama's name keep coming up in the same scenario….should tell you democrats something about your shady Senator, yes he is Junior Senator Obama, thats it.

    December 9, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. KM

    He's a democrat. But in Chicago, it really doesn't matter. The republican he replaced is in jail for corruption charges too.

    December 9, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  25. Doug R.

    It's too bad the dysfunctional and illegitimate Republican party in Illinois doesn't even have a viable candidate to put foward for Governor or U.S. Senator.

    December 9, 2008 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
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