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. Ryan

    To Mark:
    Its President Elect Obama not Junior Senator Obama and quit whining. Jesus, no of this worked for the Republican clowns in the election. Give it a rest, he's not even sworn in yet.

    December 9, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Rob, Ohio


    Well, since the media isn't talking about which party he's from, take a wild guess!

    December 9, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. Rob, Ohio

    He's a Democrat; funny that the media doesn't seem to want to mention that. How much do you want to be that it would be in every other sentence if he was a Republican.

    That's also why there aren't a thousand "throw him in jail with the rest of his Republican criminals" emails from Democrats. They're lying low right now, rather than being as outraged as they would be if he was a Republican. Very hypocritical, but not very surprising. Actually very expected.

    BTW, you'll see more of this "I'm not saying ANYTHING" from Democrats as we start to see mishaps from Obama, etc. I'm supportive of Obama, but I think people should hold folks from their own party just as accountable as they hold people from the other party. Obama's honeymoon period is going to be the longest in history, and anybody criticizing him during that time (maybe even later on) will be called a racist by many Dems...sadly enough.

    December 9, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  4. Marc

    You wanna go down that road?
    KARL ROVE whose fame ended up in a new word: 'Rovian'. Enron. GITMO. Patriot Act, which has nothing of Patriotic in it, unless you are not talking about the United States of America and its Constitution. The contracts that made people already rich even more richer, thanks to a so called necessary war ('He has WMD!!!') that ruined the country's reputation...
    And the list goes on and on...

    December 9, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  5. Maggie Muggins

    I'm not an accomplished criminal by any stretch of the imagination but I think if I was going to involved in criminal activity I wouldn't be talking about it over a phone. If the charges are true then he should be given a mental examination since giving him an IQ test wouldn't even register.

    December 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  6. FreeNLovIt

    To Mark

    Name one perfect politician. The secret is to vote for the lesser of the two evils.

    December 9, 2008 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  7. JD

    Rezko+Obama+Blagojevich=Chicago machine political corruption. Let's see how far these tentacles of corruption go. Wake up America! You have been duped by a slick talking politician. Now, that's change we can be deceived in.

    December 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  8. stuck in moderation limbo

    No "nclaw441" the party this Governor is from is not relavent to this story or any other about alleged (where has that word gone from the presses vocabulary) corruption. What is relavent is the fact that in a land where there is the presumption if innocence we have a "life sentence (or death)" from two, a vast conspiracy from a third. And there has not even been an arraignment yet.

    December 9, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  9. Tylenol666

    Hey Mark,, Im Glad the Bushs and the Chenys are not as Shady as the Junior Senatar lmao ,, YOUR TIME IS SO OVER BABY! Move to Cuba if you dont like it!

    December 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  10. LucyJane

    I'm not at all like KM, who is pretty extreme. But I do think he absolutely should have a lot of jail time for the corruption he has brought here. Ironically, he is following up George Ryan, who also was corrupted by money. But these charges aren't the only things Blago has done. He also has shut down some of our state parks and historic sites in Illinois, even though it;s close to Lincoln's birthday. I mean, come on! He has three jets- he only needs one! Blago never even visited the state parks he shut down, because they are located in more "country" parks of Illinois, rather than by Chicago. I am very, very happy that Blago is fianally getting what is coming to him. He deserves jail time.

    December 9, 2008 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  11. Michael M.

    3 former Illinois governors — Kerner (D), Walker (D), George Ryan (R) and our last Illinois Governor —
    served prison time since early 1970s

    December 9, 2008 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  12. kasera

    the guy is just being patriotic? Bush did worse than him?

    December 9, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. Bill, ca

    Now republicans have something to cream about.

    You nuts should look back of all those republican crooks from the past 8 years and be ashamed of,

    What has Obama got to do with this? Absolutely nothing.

    If a senator vialoted the law he should pay for it, regardless if democrat oder republican.

    Blagigevich should resign and the next in line democrat should fill his seat und appoint Obamas successor. Just as simple as that.

    December 9, 2008 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  14. Kirsten -- San Diego

    Sure, both parties are corrupt. That's politics. But Obama transcends politics-as-usual. So glad he's our next president!

    December 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  15. Star

    Don't blame your president-elect for this mans shady dealing, you should look at the current president for worst actions.

    December 9, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  16. MTM

    This marks how many high level politicians going down in flames in the last two years? This is our second govenor in Illinois out of 2. Maybe we need to research our choices before voting, instead of voting down party lines. Politicians need to undergo more demanding background checks before running.

    December 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  17. Jerry

    Government at all levels has become corrupt and evil and the American people are preoccupied with beer and football!

    December 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  18. Dan

    This type of evil shouldn't be tolerated. We've got to clean guys like this out. They should make an example of this scumbag.

    December 9, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  19. Scott Tucson

    Democrats in action!

    December 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Eric in Chicago

    Senator Durbin... this is what happens when politicians are not held accountable for their actions. The next one elected feels they can get away with whatever they want... and the next... and the next... and the next. The cycle will never stop until they are put in jail for being criminals. You are trying to get an early release for another corrupt politician. Do you realize that YOU ARE SENDING THE WRONG MESSAGE? The people of Illinois spoke when they found him guilty and gave Ryan a just sentence for his offenses. Aren't you supposed to be representing the people of Illinois? Sounds to me like you took a page from George Bush's book of I do want I want, to hell with my constituents. That "I am God" complex is part of what just clipped Blago. Perhaps you need to remind yourself, you work for US, and should leave Ryan in jail so perhaps the next politician will hold themselves to the higher standard WE EXPECT from our civil servants.

    December 9, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  21. Brian

    If the MSM had put as much effort into dissecting the ghosts of Obama past as they did Governor Palin.... perhaps we wouldn't be stuck with the most corrupt politician in the history of the United States as President-elect.

    December 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. PRObama

    Mark get over it. Obama is going to be our president. You can keep blah blah blahing over "you democrats" but in all reality it is a breath of fresh air after the last 8 years of spiraling downward.

    December 9, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Arkansas Undertaker

    Watch the Rethuglicans and the other racists try and lay this mess at President-Elect Obama's door step.

    And watch other the next few years how all the corruption that was in the Bush Administration start to come out and they try to sweep it under hte rug.

    December 9, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  24. Former Republican Army Wife

    I am so glad I left the republican party. Seeing all these republicans trying with all their might to like Obama to every scandal possible is pretty comical. The election is over, move on. This scandal has absolutely nothing to do with Obama other than it's his former seat the Gov is trying to sell. Stop grasping at straws people. Larry Craig's appeal was turned down today, I have yet to see Dem's trying to link Bush to that scandal. Get over yourselves repubs, the election is over, stop being sore losers!

    December 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  25. Obama Victim

    new low.......................?? wait until we begin to learn about The Messiah's shenanigans

    December 9, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
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