December 10th, 2008
09:45 AM ET
14 years ago

Who are the mystery Senate candidates?

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="It's unclear who Blagojevich was communicating with about the vacant Senate seat."](CNN) - According to prosecutors, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich knew all too well how much leverage he had as the only person who could appoint Barack Obama's Senate replacement.

A criminal complaint released Tuesday details conversations Blagojevich is said to have had with potential Senate candidates, who are identified only by a number.

Blagojevich is said to have called the open seat a "f-ing valuable thing" and something you don't give away "for nothing."

No one mentioned as a possibility for the seat is saying that he or she is one of those unnamed candidates in the complaint.

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soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Ariana

    mad magazine!

    December 10, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  2. atlas

    Not anymore!!!!!

    It's the Reverand Jesse "cry me a river" Jackson's son.

    You couldn't write this sitcom any better......and BO ain't even in office yet. Four more years of this.....yeah, that's the change we're looking for.

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  3. please let there be jail time

    if there is any justice, jail time is coming

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  4. Larry

    I'm a registered Democrate in Illinois, did NOT vote for him and for sure didn't vote to re-elect him. The last honest governor we had was Jim Edgar, yes a Republican, – Oh Jim please come back, if ony for one term!

    December 10, 2008 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  5. Sharon Kitchen

    Contrary to popular thought.........if a person is corrupt, this act knows no political party.It belongs to that individual.That person will have to deal with the effects that this person has caused.Others that have been affected will also have to deal with the same. The responsibility of this corrupt behavior is that persons.In this case it is the Ill Gov.

    Next case......................................................................................................
    there is always another waiting...............................................................

    December 10, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  6. Steve in PA

    He pulls a knife, you pull a gun. They send one of yours to the hospital, you send you of theirs to the morgue. That's the Chicago Way!

    December 10, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  7. Stacey

    @atlas – Four more year of what? Oh, don't tell me – this is Obama's fault, right? Get over your bitterness that your guy didn't win the election. Obama has nothing to do with the lunatic Illinois govenor nor Jesse Jackson, so get over it. Everything that happens in the State of Illinois can't be blamed on YOUR NEW PRESIDENT ELECT so just deal with it. Mr. Obama will be your new President on January 20th, like it or not.

    December 10, 2008 01:48 pm at 1:48 pm |
  8. susan

    This is like a 3 ring circus! The Governor needs to step down and let the people of Illinois decide their Senator. What a corrupt man ! He should pay.

    December 10, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  9. No Hillary = No Obama

    Obama won his election with a karmic price tag attached to his sleeve because the media played favorites. Now let's wait and see how karma evens the playing field.

    December 10, 2008 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Jeff Spangler, Arlington, VA

    Of course no one is saying they're [Senate Candidate X] because for some values of X, that would be an admission of criminal conspiracy. I can't wait to see who this Bozo rolls over on.

    December 10, 2008 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  11. A.P

    Mr Rod
    Please count me ,You make me happy I make you happy

    December 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  12. JM

    Down goes Blagojevich!! Who's next in Illinois Politics? Jesse Jackson Jr. or Emil Jones (possible Senate Candidate 5 from Affidavit) Or maybe Mayor Richard M. Dailey (John Harris worked for the Mayor prior to being Blagojevich's Chief of Staff... had to have learned his corruption somewhere... Plus Dailey has become increasingly corrupt trying to get the Olympics and pushing through the O'Hare International Airport Modernization Project through).

    Hopefully this incident will shed light on the needed cleaning up of Illinois & Chicago Politics.

    December 10, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
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