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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="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. Matthew

    Blago and can be sure Obama was up to his neck in all of this too. Let's just wait and see.

    December 9, 2008 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Corruption

    Us, the American people or human beings in general, in the twenty-first century? Sooner or later power corrupts, as we all were born with a sinful nature. What is new?

    December 9, 2008 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Biff


    we RESPECT YOU..... Root out corruption WHEREEVER it is found.

    YOU.... 'and' Obama..... are men of principle and integrity. Everything the two of you have done so far, exemplifies this.

    If a man is betraying the public trust for personal gain.... TAKE HIM DOWN....

    December 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. Alan - Kentucky

    How sad for America. I expect this will somehow be blamed on Bush. We have got to stop listening to the slick talk and vote for people on their credentials. I have a feeling that this is going to be to norm for the next 8 yrs. I also feel like most Americans will care less!!!

    December 9, 2008 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. BB

    Another corrupt Governor. Shame Shame Shame.

    Let's get rid of ALL the corruption and let the people we put in our gov't know that THEY can be replaced also.

    December 9, 2008 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  6. Sherrol in Canada

    Has he ever, unbelievable!! A total disgrace, he should be burned at the stake.

    December 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  7. Colin

    It is amazing how freaking stupid some politicians have become.

    December 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  8. No Hillary = No Obama

    Chicago politics sucks.

    December 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  9. tick...tock....

    Another Obama nut shows himself. You can take the man out of the ghetto...but you cannot take the ghetto out of the man.

    December 9, 2008 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  10. Chi4Obama

    While I am no way condoning the actions of Governor Blagojevich, I would not say that he is the worst figure to ever engage in politics.

    Just look at the recent history of corrupt figures..
    Re: Elliot Sptizer, Sarah Palin, Ted Stevens (and many more)

    It seems as if "clean" and "Politics" never go hand in hand.
    This is just a sad reflection of our times

    December 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  11. Kevin from the Peake

    What party is he from? Oh, that's right he must be a democrat since CNN did not identify it.

    December 9, 2008 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  12. OSweet

    What party does this corruption-monger belong to, and why is this big-media blogger loath to tell us?

    December 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  13. what a goof ball

    no mercy

    December 9, 2008 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  14. Eugene

    Good for Patrick Fitzgerald. It was only a matter of time before Governor Weasel was arrested. Can he still legally nominate someone to replace Obama? I hope not.

    December 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  15. Sweetie

    How "Low" can you go??????????????

    Sad Day for America indeed!

    December 9, 2008 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  16. The Dawg

    Wasn't it the Dems who ran on and coined the phrase "Culture of Corruption." Hey pot...this is kettle...and guess what?

    December 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  17. FreeNLovIt

    Oh my Goodness, really? We should tap the phones of REAL crooks too. Their conversations will be worst. Again, there are worst criminals out there. Why arent we dragging and flogging them to court, instead they are running rampant, selling drugs to our neighborhoods? It's a sad day we're not focusing on getting rid of druglords infiltrating our government.

    December 9, 2008 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  18. proudliberal

    our government stinks through and through.

    December 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  19. Dave, Central Illinois

    There is only on reason Illinois is a blue state – Chicago's political machine. South of Joliet is red. The Chicago thugs have soiled Springfield for long enough. If another dirty Chicago politician gets in, the rest of Illinois should demand that Cook county become it's own state. It will be interesting to see how much dirt Blagojevich will be willing to spill for a plea bargain and who else is implicated.

    December 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  20. nom deplume

    So, is Blago now on the death watch? How long until he has an "accident"?

    December 9, 2008 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  21. Jen

    What, in Hades, is wrong with Illinois/Chicago Democratic politics - this type of corruption has been going on forever - why can't they clean house!

    December 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  22. FreeNLovIt

    Lincoln will roll over our whole entire system, not just on this topic alone. Remember, a few man gathered to ask Jesus what to do with the woman that was caught wth adultery. They wanted to stone her to death and Jesus said to them to go ahead but let it be the person with no sin. The result was that nobody stoned her to death.

    December 9, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  23. Tyrone Brown

    Calling all politicians! (especially Democrats). It is a new day in American politics and you need to realize that or else you are going to pay the same price of the Blagojevich and Williams Jefferson down of this world. You might of been able to get away with such stupidity under the Bush years of cynicism and fear, but change has arrived, the air is a little more clear, and the bar has been raised by the American people.

    December 9, 2008 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  24. 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 12:47 pm at 12:47 pm |
  25. Joe M

    Here's another one in the long line from Dan Rostenkowski, George Ryan and, a blast from the past, Paul Powell. On the other hand, the state has sent us Abraham Lincoln, Chuck Percy, Paul Simon, Adlai Stevenson, David Durbin and more.

    Shame on this idiot and I'm glad they hauled his "bleep" in the back of a squad car.

    December 9, 2008 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
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