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. Ed, Santa Fe, NM


    December 9, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  2. NYPrincessTt

    I am so sick of you GOP supporters acting like all democrats are corrupt just because this is the most recent story of government corruption. Please. Lets be fair- corruption and dirty politics are 2 of the few things that actually cross party lines. It is unfortunate that this man was from the state and city that our president elect calls home, but lets not make a correlation where there is none. This is just another example of power turning to greed, to someone in a position of authority abusing that authority and letting his ego get out of control. There is rampant corruption in our government and our justice system at all levels and across all parties. Turning it into a democrat vs. republican issue is not the answer. It is time for Americans to band together and demand more from our politicians, no matter their party affiliation. It is time for us to require that our leaders and representatives be held to higher standards, regardless of their rank or political affiliation.

    December 9, 2008 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  3. acs - chicago

    blagojevich is an idiot and crook and has had this coming for a while. don't take out you bitterness over the election on president-elect, yeah that's it, president-elect obama just because he comes from the same state.

    democrat, republican, communist, anarchist, it doesn't really matter what party he belongs to. all corrupt politicians should be hauled off to the big house.

    December 9, 2008 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  4. ST

    I think it's amazing how people are going to try and connect this guy to Obama now. This is not about a party. It's about individuals who need to held accountable for their actions. It's no worse than what the Republicans have been in the past several years. They didn't just screw a few people, they screwed an entire country.

    December 9, 2008 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  5. Ana


    December 9, 2008 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. really

    so repubs are not corrupt, well what about the guy Blagojevich replaced? Ex Governor Ryan, he is still locked up in jail now, and yeah he is a repub, so in my book its better to be an inpendent any way.

    December 9, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  7. Vanessa

    I love Patrick Fitzgerald. What a joy to have someone with integrity who investigates Republicans and Demcrats alike. Chicago should be very proud of this boy scout. His integrity helps to quell the shadiness of some Illinois politicians who are corrupt.

    December 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  8. Dr. Stoner

    Wait a minute he is wearing a white collar, he gets a "get out of jail card" doesn't he. White collar crime has been legalized in this country just take a look at the bailout situation for the banks.

    December 9, 2008 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  9. Dean in Florida

    Obama is the most crooked U.S. President ever...and he's not even in office yet!

    December 9, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  10. common sense

    If the outrageous demands by Gov. Blagojevich (quid pro quo) are true. It makes one wonder, just how systemic this behavior really is. This guy appears to have no problem at all, asking for large sums of cash and jobs. He seems genuinely pee-ed off that he wasn't receiving his fair share of the take.

    December 9, 2008 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  11. J S Ragman

    For all you Obama haters out there, I didn't read anything that tied these two together other than being from the same state. Even if there is a a relationship on some minor level, it pales in comparison to the the sleezy relationships that our current Clown president has in his daily life.

    December 9, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. sandee in Portland

    Just another of the many corrupt politicians, only this one's been caught. If they can arrest this guy, why can't they arrest Cheney?

    December 9, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. Anonymous

    Actually, Mark

    He is NOW "President Elect".

    Deal with it.

    and I wanted to point out HOW his name came up today...

    it was basically a complete exonneration with the Gov moaning cause all Obama would offer him was his APPRECIATION.

    sorry Mark... Once again... swing.. and a MISS !!! hahahahahaha!

    December 9, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  14. Mark

    Obama is the center of Shady Chicago, it's seriously ridiculous. I pose this question tho: If Obama would finally admit to all his shady activities, would any democrat really care? My guess is no, Obama coould be looking them in the face and say, I TOOK ILLEGAL CAMPAIGN MONEY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST and these immature democrats would say, "nope, republicans made him say that"...sheep

    December 9, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Larry Craig

    so... I guess all you paid republican bloggers are just gonna ignore where the Gov moaned cause all Obama would offer him for his input on the seat was his APPRECIATION..... (basically a CLEAR exonneration of the P.E.

    that is sooo republican of you

    December 9, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Dan

    Don't be stupid, Mark. Wait you probably can't help it.

    You're going to pin this greedy maneuver on Obama? You must be braindead. Should you be held responsible for the actions of all the people who've worked for the same places you've worked over the years? Crawl back in your little hole and be quiet!

    Sorry to ruin your day but Obama is no longer a Senator. He is now President-Elect. Eat it, sucker.

    December 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  17. Capn Al

    Ok Mark, Mike, This was all Obama's fault. It had to be. After all they are both democrats, both from Illinois and they must have attended at least one fund raiser or some other event together. Maybe they even shook hands and exchanged greetings, an obvious transfer of evil ideologies.

    December 9, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Trevor Guerlain

    KM, you must mean Obama cuz he's the real crook behind all this mess. But wait, Obama's citizinship is in question, or is it?

    December 9, 2008 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  19. Ana

    By the way, how does this guy have anything to do with Obama, you idiots!!!!
    Last time I checked, the people of Chicago are the ones who select their governor!!!!

    December 9, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  20. NY republican

    I still have not seen anything about a trial or a jury finding the man guilty. But two of you want him dead, 2 more are seeing conspiracies. One thinks that party affiliation is the issue. Yet no one but me is looking for a good old American presumption of innocence. Yet it is idea that that keeps being moderated (censored?) out of existence. All I find here are lynch mobs and censorship.

    December 9, 2008 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  21. Blue balloons

    Mike, let me put it to you this way. If your best friend gets arrested for armed robbery, is it your fault? By your comments, it is. Blagojevich is at fault here. Why don't you focus your rants at him?

    December 9, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  22. Danny, OH

    Isn't this the same attorney who wasted tax payer's money with Scooter Libby? This guy knew who the culprit was but spent over one year investigating on the case.
    Should just shut up

    December 9, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  23. rodlang

    This is just beginning of dem corruption. Get ready for more over the next four years now that we have a Chicago pol in the White House. This is how they do business in Chicago.

    December 9, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  24. Len

    For all you right wing conservatives who always blame everything on Obama. Reported in Newsweek: Governor Sarah Palin billed the RNC $110,000 for hair and makeup. Can't wait for the lipstick charge!

    December 9, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Izzy

    While all of you people are stating on how these poeple may be affiliated with Obama. Bush needs to be sent to prison for all the dirt he has done. He has ran this country in the hole, started an unjust war, and now he goes to his new home in Dallas (whites only until 2000 might I add). I don't think that what this guy has done is right but please Bush has done alot worse. Seems as if people are ignoring it, send him to jail also!

    December 9, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
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