Tuesday, December 9, 2008

COURTHOUSE QUIPS: What would Lincoln think about Illinois' governor?

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald gets the “Quote of the Day” honors for his summarization of what his office contends is Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s illegal activity, which they got evidence of by placing a wiretap on the governor’s home telephone line.

The feds say Blagojevich was pressuring people to make contributions in order to get contracts related to the Toll Highway Authority and horse racetracks, and also allegedly tried to pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire editorial board members who were critical of the Blagojevich administration.

ALL THAT CAME in addition to his alleged activity related to the appointment of a new U.S. senator, where the feds say Blagojevich was trying to get people to donate money to create a non-profit foundation that would someday employ him (and his wife, Patti).

As Fitzgerald so “eloquently” summarized Blagojevich’s activity, “his conduct would make (Abraham) Lincoln role over in his grave.”


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