It amazes me how some people can be blatantly corrupt and think they will never get caught. I guess being dishonest gets easier with practice. If the had some sort of competition in corruption Il. Gov. Rod Blagojevich would win the trophy.
As details (and fallout) of all this continue, it will be interesting to see who get trapped in the undertow. My eyes are on the son of so called Reverend who knows corruption all too well,U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.
Jackson has denied any wrong doing,but the Chicago Tribune has learned that Jackson discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job. The question is was the intent to encourage or purchase the seat? Blagoevich has a for sale sign hanging off the arm. I'm sure he would have put it on ebay if they gave him enough time.
Blagojevich attended a luncheon back in October took at a restaurant in Schaumburg. The lunch meeting was sponsored by businessman Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich supporter. According to public records, Nayak also has fundraising and business ties to the Jackson family. Nayak and Blagojevich aide Rajinder Bedi privately told many of the more than two dozen attendees the fundraising effort was aimed at supporting Jackson's bid for the Senate.
That meeting led to another Blagojevich fundraiser, co-sponsored by Nayak and attended by Jesse Jackson Jr.'s brother, Jonathan, as well as Blagojevich.
Blagojevich and the congressman met to discuss the Senate seat on Monday, one day before federal prosecutors arrested Blagojevich and charged him with trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat. As part of the charges, prosecutors alleged that Blagojevich was considering awarding the seat to a politician identified as "Senate Candidate 5" because emissaries for that candidate were promising to raise as much as $1.5 million for Blagojevich's campaign fund. And who is behind the Senate Candidate Number 5 curtain? Jesse Jackson, Jr.
Jackson's newly retained attorney, James Montgomery, said Wednesday he could not rule out that such a deal to pay for the seat were discussed with Blagojevich by people who did not have his client's blessing. Who the heck promises 1.5 million without the boss knowing?
This is going to get interesting.