Illinois' Governor was arrested this morning on charges he, among other things, tried to sell appointment to the United States Senate Seat vacated by President-Elect Barack Obama.
The Feds had been listening in on Governor Blagojevich's phone conversations for over a month.
I have known Rod Blagojevich for 16 years -- since his first run for State Representative. At the time, Myfanwe and I lived in his then district. I got to know him pretty well during my days as a lobbyist. He and another (asshole) legislator used to play practical jokes on me. I did a small contract job for him once and he made it very clear that he expected me to buy tickets to a fundraiser for his first run for Congress.
I believe everything the Feds say. All of it.
And the saddest thing? This guy had potential. But he lacked one thing -- a conscience. I don't know if he's missing a chromosome or what, but he is totally and completely without morals. I wish I had a DSM IV on me - I think looking for a diagnosis could be an entertaining party game. He's certainly delusional -- a week ago he was taped discussing a run for the Presidency in 2016. Have I mentioned that his favorables in Illinois are (were) running at 13%? Just for sake of comparison, that is half what George W. Bush is polling at these days!
The Governor is taped on numerous occasions talking about the financial stress his family was under. The Governor makes somewhere around $175k a year. His wife has also made a good deal of money in (shady) real estate deals. Now I don't want to diminish their financial stresses, but Myfanwe and I together don't make what what the Blagojeviches make, and we live in a lovely home, send our son to an excellent private school, are adequately clothed and fed. And we do it all without borrowing a penny, let alone resorting to theft or coercion.
I hope someone hardworking and honest and diligent and dedicated is appointed to fill President Obama's Senate seat. I know who I'd like to see in the seat -- the best man at my wedding is consistantly mentioned as a strong contender -- but I don't want to jinx it. I'm just going to keep my fingers crossed and hope for the best.