State Senator: Blagojevich Shakedown Common Knowledge
New York Times from yesterday: In a rare firsthand account of how Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, went about the selection process, an Illinois state ...
New York Times from yesterday:
In a rare firsthand account of how Mr. Blagojevich, a two-term Democrat, went about the selection process, an Illinois state senator said in an interview that he had felt pressured to respond to the governor's interest in him with a quid pro quo agreement and has withdrawn his name because of increasing wariness about the process.
The state senator, Kwame Raoul, who represents the South Side of Chicago, offered few details of his interaction with the governor's office but said he received a call about a month ago confirming that he was under consideration. Soon afterward, however, Mr. Raoul said he ran head-on into another message: that the governor was looking for a candidate who offered something of tangible value to him.
"It was open knowledge among people in and around Springfield," Mr. Raoul said. "Legislators and lobbyists alike openly talked about the fact that the governor would want to appoint somebody who would benefit him. I can firmly say that I've had these conversations, that I've spoken with both legislators and lobbyists who felt that that would be the consideration in his appointment."
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