The "Reformer" Sweating Bullets
Well, okay, maybe not quite the letter, or the spirit, or the law period. It seems, according to the Chicago Tribune, that the hiring game in Springfield has gotten worse under Blago, not better. Heck, his daughter is getting $1,500 "birthday gifts" from people right after they secure a state job.
A number of his top deputies are under federal investigation, the State's Attorney General, a fellow Democrat hasn't helped by stepping into the matter, and newspapers from Chicago to Bloomington are looking under stones to find out who's hiding.
Rod had claimed all along that it was two mid-level bureaucrats who were responsible for everything, but the more people the newspapers talk to, the more it seems that Joe Cini, a top aide was actually the guy pulling strings for the Governor.
Now the feds are checking out Rod's personal finances, Cini, and others in the upper echelon of Springfield politics. The last thing Rod needs seven weeks before the general election is more front page stories about how he's bumping veterans from jobs they are entitled to by state law to give them to donors. Or how he's got 63 year old party faithful filling "college intern" positions, but that's what he's getting.
The biggest miscalculation on the Blagojevich, it seems, was that they'd be taken on their word that they were going to clean up Springfield. Unfortunately, for them, the Feds were already crawling all over the capital investigating the last governor, and don't seem to inclined to ignore the current one, as he must have hoped.
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