Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Juicy Cameo Roles for Warren Buffett and Blago's Wife in Criminal Complaint Against Blago

Gawker finds this in the criminal complaint:

ROD BLAGOJEVICH said that the consultants (Advisor B and another consultant are believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [i.e., Obama] his senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him." ROD BLAGOJEVICH says. He[ states that he will put "[Senate Candidate 4]" in the Senate "before just give fucking [Senate Candidate 1] a fucking Senate seat and I don't get anything."

According to the affidavit, he "suggested [that Obama's people start] a 501(c)(4) organization (a non-profit organization that may engage in political activity and lobbying) and getting 'his (believed to be the President-elect's) friend Warren Buffett or some of those guys to help us on something like that.'
The Business Sheet found this:

In another call between ROD BLAGOJEVICH and Deputy Governor A that occurred a short time later on November 3, 2008, ROD BLAGOJEVICH and Deputy Governor A discussed an editorial from the Chicago Tribune regarding the endorsement of
Michael Madigan and calling for a committee to consider impeaching ROD BLAGOJEVICH.

During the call, ROD BLAGOJEVICH's wife can be heard in the
background telling ROD BLAGOJEVICH to tell Deputy Governor A 'to hold up that
fucking Cubs shit. . . fuck them.' [Note: The Tribune owns the Cubs and was looking for public money] ROD BLAGOJEVICH asked Deputy Governor A what
he thinks of his wife's idea.

Deputy Governor A stated that there is a part of what ROD BLAGOJEVICH's wife said that he 'agree[s] with.' Deputy Governor A told ROD BLAGOJEVICH that Tribune Owner will say that he does not have anything to do with the editorials, 'but I would tell him, look, if you want to get your Cubs thing done get rid of this Tribune.' Later, ROD BLAGOJEVICH's wife got on the phone and, during the continuing discussion of the critical Tribune editorials, stated that Tribune Owner can 'just fire' the writers because Tribune Owner owns the Tribune. ROD BLAGOJEVICH's wife stated that if Tribune Owner's papers were hurting his business, Tribune Owner would do something about the editorial board.

Gawker also reports:

Obama's team knew all along that Blagojevich was under federal investigation, and so therefore they were wary of actually giving him anything. They couldn't know the arrest would come before inauguration, but everyone knew it had to come eventually (unless Obama fired Patrick Fitzgerald as soon as he took office, which would've been a public relations nightmare). So while Rod still controlled (and still does control!) who gets the seat, there was a limit to what Obama's team would do to get their person appointed.

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