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Blagojevich Mon Jun 01 2009

Blago Talked to Durbin About Senate

It's amazing how this still makes the news and he's only been gone since late February. It's as if it's not enough that another piece of his handiwork, Roland Burris had dominated the news next week. Why is it still important?

Sources tell The Associated Press that Blagojevich told Sen. Dick Durbin he was thinking of naming Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan to the seat.

Last November, Madigan said she did not believe she was even being considered.

A Madigan appointment would have been a political shocker. Blagojevich had been warring politically with her father, powerful Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan, on and off for Blagojevich's two terms in office.

Blagojevich said he wanted a deal in which the elder Madigan would allow a construction program through the House and take action on a Blagojevich-backed health care plan in return for his daughter's appointment.

Said to be two weeks before he got pinched by the FBI! Funny thing is, would he have been sure that ploy would have worked? Could he have even been trusted to follow through on this?

 
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