There is increasing speculation that Senate Candidate #5 descibed in the criminal complaint appears to be Jesse Jackson, Jr. Candidate #5 was ready to exchange funds for the Senate seat.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) was taken into custody by the FBI yesterday on the accusations of a 'corruption crime spree' that would "make [ Abraham] Lincoln roll over in his grave."
The governor and his chief of staff, John Harris, were simultaneously charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud and solicitation to commit bribery as part of what officials say was a wide-ranging scheme to shakedown campaign donors and politicians for high-paying posts and millions of dollars in campaign contributions. Allegedly for sale: state jobs, state contracts and regulatory favors. In one surreal development, prosecutors said Blagojevich even tried to get critical editorial writers from the Chicago Tribune fired in exchange for helping parent Tribune Co. with a state plan to finance the purchase of Wrigley Field.
Of course, a very important point in all of this is that the Governor was wiretapped by the Feds... They have him on tape saying nuggets like this regarding the available Obama Senate seat...
The affidavit quoted the governor on a telephone call the day before Obama won his historic presidential victory talking about driving a "hard bargain." Blagojevich called the Senate seat "a [expletive] valuable thing. You just don't give it away for nothing." "I've got this thing and it's [expletive] golden and uh, uh, I'm not just giving it up for [expletive] nothing," he said two days later, according to the affidavit.
Nice... Classy... Of course, there is nothing directly implying that President Elect Zero had any knowledge or involvement in this but as I will write about later, he put his foot in his mouth yesterday, while talking about it and showed no real sign of leadership and moral standing...