What did Blago get from Obama? Not even a cigar after the show...
It's a tad late here at New Times' offices, but I want you to read the following excerpts from the federal criminal complaint filed against Illinois Governor and Serbian-American wild-man Rod Blagojevich. This, of course, regards Blago's alleged attempt to sell President-elect Barack Obama's open Senate seat or barter it for whatever he could get for it: An ambassadorship, an appointment to be Health and Human Services Secretary, private funding for a yet-to-be created non-profit, you name it.
Here's the first excerpt:
ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [the President-elect] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." ROD BLAGOJEVICH states that he will put "[Senate Candidate 4]" in the Senate "before I just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don't get anything." (Senate Candidate 4 is a Deputy Governor of the State of Illinois).
And here's the second:
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On November 11, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH talked with JOHN HARRIS [Blagojevich's Chief of Staff] about the Senate seat. ROD BLAGOJEVICH suggested starting a 501(c)(4) organization (a non-profit organization that may engage in political activity and lobbying) and getting "his (believed to be the President-elect's) friend Warren Buffett or some of those guys to help us on something like that." HARRIS asked, "what, for you?" ROD BLAGOJEVICH replied, "yeah." Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH stated that if he appoints Senate Candidate 4 to the Senate seat and, thereafter, it appears that ROD BLAGOJEVICH might get impeached, he could "count on [Senate Candidate 4], if things got hot, to give [the Senate seat] up and let me parachute over there." HARRIS said, "you can count on [Senate Candidate 4] to do that." Later in the conversation, ROD BLAGOJEVICH said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. Fuck them."
You can peruse the entire document, here. I just want you to remember, when you're hearing the outrageous b.s. that right-wing scumbags like Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, KTAR's Darrell Ankarlo (locally), and just about everybody on KFYI 550 AM, will likely be spewing tomorrow, impugning the integrity of our President-elect, that this alleged sleazeball Blago, at the end of the day, knew he was going to get nothing out of Barack Obama.
So listen to the radio tomorrow. And recall the above quotes as the cheap shots start flying.