Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was arrested this morning by the FBI on corruption charges concerning statements he made about “selling” the open US Senate seat in Illinois. Apparently the FBI has him, on tape, making a number of outrageous statements regarding how the US Senate seat was to change hands, and what he was to get in return for it. The Illinois Green Party has issued a statement on the issue:
We in the Illinois Green Party are deeply troubled by the arrest of Governor Rod Blagojevich and his chief-of-staff John Harris. The Governor is charged with attempting to personally profit from his power to appoint a person to the U.S. Senate. While we recognize that the accused are innocent until proven guilty, we must also admit that we are not surprised by these allegations. We have seen a long pattern of pay-to-play from Blagojevich, and indeed, a long pattern of pay-to-play throughout Illinois politics for years. The long sordid history of corruption in Illinois must finally come to an end.
The Green Party has always stood for accountability, transparency, and clean government through clean elections. We reject all corporate campaign contributions, advocate for public financing, and have long pushed for at least caps on individual contributions, so that our elections will no longer be pay-to-play.
You can read the rest here.
h/t to Kimberly from the Wilder Side.