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. Venia

    NOt true, bush and the rethuglicans have taken us to new lows, Blagojevich just added to it.

    December 9, 2008 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  2. Richard

    His career was over in less than a minute. Throw him in the slammer with O.J.

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  3. Christy

    No one Should be surprised. This is typical of most politicians – no ethics, no morals, no shame – but this guy happened to get caught. I am looking forward to the new type of leadership of a President Obama.

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  4. Rick

    I've noticed that the editing nazis at cnn are being ever-vigilant in not allowing any conservative opinion to get through, as usual.

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  5. Kay

    "Yes Gloria, there really is a Santa Claus" the FBI.
    It may be a sad day for politics in Illinois, but a GLORIOUS DAY for us, the residents. He has a long, long history of corruptive behavior, wasting tax dollars and tax money for personal use. The "Machine" has ran this state and the city of chicago for too long

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  6. Bubba

    Man sure looks like plant food to me, but let's have a fair trial before we hang him. Luckily, Democrats are not an endangered species anymore; we can do without this guy. Feed him to the gators. Circle of life, ya know?

    December 9, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  7. nt

    This is just another case of political corruption. I wish everyone would leave Pres elect Obama's name out of it. He has nothing to do with this man's obvious greed. the only connection is that they are both politicians from the same state. Trying to connect Obama to this scandal is like me selling a used car and then the buyer resells it and then the new owner tries to blame me for the engine trouble–Obama had already resigned from the senate he is now Pres elect; if the governor is corrupt and tried to sell the seat then it is his problem; not obama's.

    December 9, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  8. Roberto

    Blagojevich must think he's Karl Rove to be acting so low.

    D or R, if they're guilty, throw the book at 'em.

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

    Another Daley Politician. Corruption coming out of the Chicago-area in teh political arena should not surprise anyone; business as usual.

    December 9, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  10. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Don't forget that Gov. Palin's low came before Blagojevich and she was running for V.P. so where is the honor among Republicans. Palin did the same thing just kept it in the family.

    December 9, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Ian Minneapolis, MN

    Wow, this dude is a jerK!

    December 9, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  12. mb

    Now is the time to clean up all the corruption on all levels, Federal, State and Local. Some elected officials are giving a new meaning to the words ,Public Servant'.

    How sad, we keep giving the world things to laugh about.

    December 9, 2008 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  13. barbara campbell

    Unfortunately, Blagojevich's antics aren't unusual among high-ranking politicians, but how likely is it that a Republican Justice Department would tap the phones of a Republican governor suspected of similar activities?

    Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, et. al. are walking away from death and destruction they intentionally (and unnecessarily) caused. On his way out the door, Bush is slapping America in the face with the favors he's giving to the coal, oil, and mining industries, among others. Bush, Cheney and their cohorts are the greatest criminals of our time, and yet there will be no accountability.

    With the lowest approval rating in history, Bush has no interest in rehabilitating his image. His job is, and always has been, making sure that he and his friends get richer.

    The sad part is that they'll be back again in sheep's clothing, using their billions and their propaganda to convince voters that they really are not wolves.

    December 9, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  14. Jesse

    They should put this guy √ľnder the jail".

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  15. Jerry

    Coming from a corrupt political machine...will Obama get sucked into these corruption probes and indictments???

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  16. BO is just B.O.

    This is change you can count on!

    LOL democrats!!!!!

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  17. Paul Wolborsky

    Rats. Does this invalidate my e-bay bid? Do I get my $15 back?

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  18. Mark

    Another Kool-Aid drinker bites the dust....teflon obama will probably avoid this scandal as well, but eventually the truth will come out about the obama chicago sleeze.

    December 9, 2008 01:28 pm at 1:28 pm |
  19. Brenda C

    What's wrong with Fitzgerald trying to sell obma's seat? The presidential election was bought. I say who ever raises the most money should get it. That's the Chicago way you know? Whoever wants the senators seat could even see about getting some contributions from Iran, Africa, and Osama Bin Laden may even donate. That is if he has any money left after donating to obama.

    December 9, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  20. FreeNLovIt

    Someone posted this on another board. I thought i'd share it ..

    This is for all you facists on here who want to tie Obama to some jerk Illinois governor. This is just a partial list of Bush scandals. Halliburton's Corruption; Iraq's Decline; Abu Ghraib Prison Torture; CIA Pre-9/11 Intelligence; Failures; HHS Deceptive Ad Campaign; HHS Scully Scandal; Government-wide Accounting; Problems; Sex Education Misinformation; CAPPS II Failures; Real Costs of the Iraq War; US Attorney Firings; Walter Reed Army Hospital Neglect; Mishandling North Korea nuclear issue; Outing a CIA Agent; Lying to the American People; Hurrican Katrina; Warrantless wiretapping; Selling government to K Street lobbyists; Duke Cunningham, a corrupt politician steered money towards office supplies for Cheney; And there's much, much more.

    I'm sure to all of this you lying scandalous repugs would just say (in the words of your hero) "So"?

    December 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  21. donna sherman

    I am from Illinois, and to the people of Illinois, that's enough said.
    We have known of the corruption in the government there for as long as we can remember. It's really pretty amazing to hear the surprise and awe of the media surrounding this "new" knowledge. It seems very naive'. In Southern Illinois, State jobs have always been bought and sold to the highest bidder. You either pay the precinct committeeman or you might as well not ask for a job. And, the paying never stops. There are houses in SI that have been built with pay-out from having a state job. There are carpenter and plumbing jobs done with pay-back in mind. It's a political scheme of the greatest proportions, and, you're right, it is extremely disgusting, but I don't think most of us thought Illinois was the exception. We just thought that's the way politics are done.

    There are jobs in the court houses and state prisons that are held by totally incompetent workers because of their political connections.
    Believe me, the idea that the United States is anywhere near squeaky clean, has never been a part of the mental process of Illinoisians.
    I doubt that anyone of us consider the governments in Iraq and similar countries, as much different than our own.

    We would never feel confident to reveal what we know to make things better because there would be repercussions on our families and ourselves that would be no different than Irag. Where have you guys been?

    Donna Sherman, Scott City, Mo.

    December 9, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  22. Zelda

    This is just so sad. When he stood with the workers at the window manufacturing plant, I was so heartened. I thought he was part of a sea change. Now . . .

    December 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  23. JuanM

    Hahahahahahaha....another Democrat bites the dust. I guess this is just more "change" we can believe in. Isn't Barry Obama from this state? Typical corrupt politicians. Democrats and Republicans are all the same.

    December 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  24. Jack Jodell, Minneapolis, MN

    There is a big difference between public servants and politicians. The Illinois governor is a politician.

    December 9, 2008 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  25. Ron

    The sad part is that this is just business as usual for politicians today.

    December 9, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
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