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Do You Think Obama's Staff Is Illegally Tied to Blagojevich?

Do You Think Obama's Staff Is Illegally Tied to Blagojevich?

Guilt by association thrives in the minds of at least 25 percent of Americans. According to a recent USA Today/Gallup poll, a quarter of Americans believe that Barack Obama's staff engaged in illegal activities related to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged plan to sell Obama's senate seat. The rate of suspicion jumps among Obama's opponents — half of Republicans surveyed think Obama's staff has an illegal connection, while the other half apparently agrees with John McCain that we should not jump to conclusions.

The US attorney asked Obama to hold off on disclosing his staff's contacts with Blagojevich, and Obama, who is refusing to answer questions on the scandal, has complied. Do you think the Obama team has dirty hands?


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StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Brandy- No because she fought the corruption in Alaska's republican party. Ran against those that were doing those things. Some might say Obama has been "in bed" with corrupt politicians for a while. And this is also a lot different situation. This was Obama's senate seat. And Blago said that he had spoken with a high ranking individual in Obama's team.
Was it immediately assumed that Sarah Palin was involved in Ted Stevens' misgivings?
kastarte2 kastarte2 8 years
Those last dozen or so comments were very confusing. My head hurts. I can't figure out who said what she said that she didn't say that she might of said but didn't say anyway. :confused:
True-Song True-Song 8 years
>Lil, I was referring to your comment, I never said you said it. I was commenting on your comment and your question. >This is getting ridiculous, but I'm going to say it anyway...I never said that you said I said it. Yay! Lil K is back>!
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Everyone leave Chicago alone! It's my city and I love it. :raspberry:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I found the list, but no other state with two in a row. I must be looking at a different list than you.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years Here's another link.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And people have thought Illinois was corrupt for some time. The 2007 link you posted refers to corporate corruption, not government corruption.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I posted several links, but they got flagged. See, I can post a list of links, too. I asked what state you think is the most corrupt, not what state others sources think is the most corrupt.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years,0,534393.story
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
This is getting ridiculous, but I'm going to say it anyway...I never said that you said I said it. See, it's easy for two to play this game.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Lil, I was referring to your comment, I never said you said it. I was commenting on your comment and your question.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
The funny thing, this would have never made the news if it wasn't for OB. Some Sources: In 2007: In 2008:
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Is there another state that has had one governor convicted of a felony and the very next governor investigated for several?
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I neither claimed nor insinuated that you did say that. I am curious, though, what do you think is the most corrupt state, if it's not Illinois?
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Lil, I never said that Chicago nor IL was not guilty of corruption but it is not the most corrupt state. As I was watching the Feds actually talking about the case on the news and reading about the case and living here, I know what Chicago and IL are capable of the good, the bad, and the ugly.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I can't seem to find the AP article, but here's a good one from Time:,8599,1865681,00.html
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
Bella, I tend to respectfully disagree. Illinois (not just Chicago) has a long history of corruption. The state currently has the least strict campaign finance laws in effect of any state. (A new law was passed and will take effect January 1 that bumps up the laws so they will be on par with several other states, so at least that seems to be changing.) If Illinois is not the most corrupt state, it is certainly in the running for the top two or three. Out of curiosity, what would you say is the most corrupt state? Of course, Stevens came out of Alaska and had his share of corruption, but Alaska doesn't share Illinois' history or its level of systemic corruption. I would say Louisiana might be in the running, particularly in recent years, but I still think Illinois has them beat. I read an interesting AP article about this a few days back. I will try to find it again.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Illinois is not the most corrupt state. He is the governor of the state and not Chicago.
janneth janneth 8 years
Why why why is Illinois like this?
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
General comment: I feel like the same sort of people who would believe that every politician out of Chicago is probably corrupt somehow are the same sort who would believe that every Muslim out of the Middle East is probably a terrorist or at least a terrorist sympathizer. More specific to the post: Politics makes such strange bedfellows that I don't think anyone should be surprised at contact between the two offices. But contact doesn't equal complicity, so I'm holding off on disappointment and judgment until more actual facts come out.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
Just a quick thought on the Chicago corruption. I think Obama will have a tough time overcoming this because he has so many people from Chicago in his cabinet. He wanted to pick people he knew and was close to, but it is hard to look past that corruption. Time will tell.
StolzeMama StolzeMama 8 years
I said Other. Again because I don't know all of the details. I have my assumptions. But they are just that. Obama promised full transparency. But I don't trust "internal" investigations. So I don't believe he is free and clear until the FBI investigates his team. I still don't think he had anything to do with it personally. But I have a feeling someone in his cabinet or staff did. My question is were they the ones that reported it to the fbi and if not and they knew about it they should be punished. And Jill enough with the fox news bashing now to. This story is on ALL of the network news channels. It's not about saying Obama's team is guilty. It is about unanswered questions. People have lingering questions and the stories didn't match. That leads to suspicion. It's human nature. The difference between Blagojevich and Obama is that people are asking Blago to step down. Which I don't think should be done until there is a full investigation into it. Innocentuntil proven guilty. No one is asking Obama or anyone in his team to step down. They simply want questions answered regarding it. I am going to be patient, because time will tell. I hope that nobody will be biased and they will give a full impartial explanation for things.
kranky kranky 8 years
Jill- Blargh. Legalease. Who the heck knows, but your explanation sounds reasonable as well.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
And yes, there have been corrupt individuals from throughout the country, but in Chicago (in the past), the corruption was at an institutional level, much more so than in many (but not all) other places.
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