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Details Emerge After Gov. Blagojevich's Arrest

Details Emerge After Gov. Blagojevich's Arrest

New details have emerged since FBI agents arrested Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich today on federal corruption charges alleging that he tried to sell Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

  • The FBI affidavit filed in District Court quotes Blagojevich as explaining that the vacant seat "is a f**king valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing." On Nov. 11 Blagojevich said that he didn't care that Obama wanted Valerie Jarrett, a longtime confidante, to succeed him, because "they're not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F**k them."
  • When the FBI called Blagojevich this morning to tell him they were coming to arrest him, he asked: "Is this a joke?"
  • US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, who conducted this investigation along with the Valerie Plame investigation, said at a press conference today: "Gov. Blagojevich has taken us to a new low. This conduct would make [Abraham] Lincoln roll over in his grave."
  • The Chicago Tribune delayed running its independent investigation of Blagojevich for misconduct, after prosecutors asked them to wait, or risk jeopardizing the criminal investigation. The editor explained that the paper's "interest in reporting the news flows from its larger obligation of citizenship in a democracy."
  • As for the Obama seat, Blagojevich still has the authority to fill it, but the US Senate could always reject his choice. Illinois Senator Dick Durbin has asked the Illinois state legislature to call for a special election to fill Obama's seat, saying that no appointment by Blagojevich would be credible.


momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Shadow that really creeps me out...
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
....but.... upper lip!!!
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I saw that coif on TV last night and it was even more spectacular.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 8 years
What an F'ing TOOL! What is it about power that currupts the hearts of men? This is preciscly why I treat celebrities/poleticians (and I've been in the presence of many)like regular Joe's, not that most of them are corrupted but I refuse to take part in feeding the monster. They're no better than I am just people.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
God, he is just digging his grave at this point... go to jail. I like Durbin's solution though, good ole Dick. What is so funny is that when I worked for Durbin's chicago senate office he and Blago were good friends and Blago would actually come over a BUNCH. ohhh Dick Durbin, how your tune has changed... politics as usual :oy:
Aimmers514 Aimmers514 8 years
As a citizen of Illinois, I am saddened by the conduct of this governor...
Shadowdamage Shadowdamage 8 years
What a nasty little man!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
It's as real as those pirates in Somalia. I can't take them seriously either.
janneth janneth 8 years
This whole thing sounds like a total joke. Can it be real??
em1282 em1282 8 years
This is embarassing, but does anyone remember that movie "Meet the Deedles"? Probably Paul Walker's worst cinematic moment (er, depending on how you feel about Paul Walker)? Well, Blago could totally be in the sequel. Just check out the 'dos on these guys:
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
em1282 em1282 8 years
If you dipped his head in gold or molten metal, he could *totally* go into battle. With arrows and everything!
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
LOL amy!
bsglrok132 bsglrok132 8 years
Ugggh what a toad. I'm embarrassed to be from Illinois right now.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
I'm back from touching it. It was. DIVINE.
linzthebarbarian linzthebarbarian 8 years
stephley: yes, he has always been a big jerk. the most hilarious aspect of this whole thing? his campaign platform for his first election was anti-corruption. i think he had just gotten away with so much in the past that he decided to take it to a new level. also, i like how his hair actually looks like a hair-helmet.
starangel82 starangel82 8 years
Maybe all the AquaNet he's been using on his hair fried is brain... although I doubt it. Poor Illinois... they have a string of bad governors. I just read an article that he's not stepping down and plans to be in the office in the morning. What a douche bag.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
I'm wondering that too...has he always been such a douchebag?
stephley stephley 8 years
Has he always been a big jerk? The behavior I'm reading about today sounds pretty over the top if it's relatively new - like wee brain tumor defense over the top?
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
haha I was thinking aqua net too! From this angle comparing him to Steve Carell was an insult!
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
It doesn't look like his hair would even move...maybe all the Aqua Net seeped into his brain.
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
Don't do it Amy!! Nothing good will come!
stephley stephley 8 years
That way lies madness Amy!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Oh my, Amy you a fool. It makes you want to look away but you can't.
amybdk amybdk 8 years
It's beautiful. I want to touch it. :drool:
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