Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Candidate 5

The scandal involving Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his efforts to benefit from filling Obama's vacant Senate seat has me muttering "WTF?"

Blago 2016

Throughout the intercepted conversations, Blagojevich also allegedly spent significant time weighing the option of appointing himself to the open Senate seat and expressed a variety of reasons for doing so, including: frustration at being “stuck” as governor; a belief that he will be able to obtain greater resources if he is indicted as a sitting Senator as opposed to a sitting governor; a desire to remake his image in consideration of a possible run for President in 2016; avoiding impeachment by the Illinois legislature; making corporate contacts that would be of value to him after leaving public office; facilitating his wife’s employment as a lobbyist; and generating speaking fees should he decide to leave public office.

H/T Andrewsullivan.com

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