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Reid: 'Very Disappointed' by Blagojevich Arrest

By Paul Kane
Senate Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) spoke to the Illinois Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich (D) just "a few days ago" about the appointment to succeed Barack Obama, delivering a message the electability was the key concern for who got the nod.

Reid said today he was "very disappointed" by the arrest, saying he had no inkling from his conversation of the allegations lodged today.

Reid said he told Blagojecvich one thing: "I would hope that he would appoint someone that could get elected in 2010."

Reid said he had no idea what would happen to the appointment process now.

"The state of Illinois is on kind of a bad run," Reid added, referring to former governor George Ryan's imprisonment on corruption charges.

Posted at 11:32 AM ET on Dec 9, 2008  | Category:  DEPT. OF JURISPRUDENCE
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I respect Fitzgerald as a lawman.
I wouldn't bet against a conviction.
If found guilty they can punish Blago with whatever fits the crime.

JakeD -

I won't defend the Gov., but he's innocent 'till proven guilty. Right?

Come to think of it PEBO, isn't accused or even implicated after many months of investigation. Hmmmm.

It seems to me that you want to accuse him because he hasn't proven that he shouldn't be convicted.

I like to read Kafka but he never made me want to adopt the Soviet legal system in America.

You're good. But he's a better writer.

Posted by: JohnQuimby | December 9, 2008 10:29 PM

So,if Mr Holier then Thou Sen Harry Reid is
"disappointed by Gov Blagojevich's arrest
then maybe Harry Reid needs to be looking
at the huge and growing number of good
Americans that are even more totally fed up
and extremely disappointed with Messiah
Democrat Affirmative Action President Trainee Chicago Democrat Con Man Barack
Obama and with the Democrat Culture of Total Corruption that he and Speaker Nancy
Pelosi and Barack Hussein Obama along with
Sen Chris Dodd and Rep Barney Franks all are in charge of as well. Its time to make
all these sleazy slimeball Democrats resign
from Congress and ship them off to jail and
start with Barack Hussein Obama,Joe Mouth
Biden,Harry Reid,Nancy Pelosi,Chris Dodd
and Barney Franks. And Obama is unfit to
be sworn in as President of the USA.

Posted by: Kim1985 | December 9, 2008 9:30 PM

I am a registered D here in PA and I am both disappointed and disgusted to see that such a slug of a person calling himself a Democrat could slime his way to the Governorship of Illinois. What does that say about the process? Apparently this son of a Chicago alderman greased the rails with money all the way to the top. If I was an Illinois legislator, I'd be leading the charge to impeach and oust this monster as soon as practicable. The state needs to put out the trash because it's starting to stink the place up. What are these people thinking??? It's like the Spitzer thing in New York, only even worse. It goes to their heads.

Posted by: rcairo | December 9, 2008 9:28 PM

The last political figure that Fitzgerald indicted was Scooter Libby and the republocult howled that he was a partisan, out of control prosecutor that should be fired. LOL.
What a sorry group of pathetic losers the republocult is.

Posted by: rkerg | December 9, 2008 9:05 PM

What was the last contact Obama had with Blagojevich, and what was that regarding?

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 8:17 PM

The stench of corruption hangs low over the Obama transition.

Posted by: georgejones5 | December 9, 2008 8:11 PM

Six years back the media was reporting that Obama was part of a small group that met weekly to plot the election of Blagojevich.

Obama endorsed Blogojevich two years ago after the media had reported Blago was under investigation for "pay to play".

Obama has also endorsed Todd Stroger, for Cook County Board President, when the media was reporting he was nothing but a political hack.

Fitzgerald has subsequently indicted Blago and it is reported that Stroger is under investigation.

Has it dawned on the media that maybe Obama is not the good-government messiah they have made him out to be!

Posted by: mwhoke | December 9, 2008 7:53 PM

Reid is "very disappointed" that one of the non-stinky people actually is a real stinker!!

Posted by: Jaymand | December 9, 2008 7:18 PM

David Axelrod is now claiming HE misspoke about Obama talking to Blagojevich too:

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 7:10 PM

All of these democrats who had conversations with this creep will be running like rats with no memory of content at all.

Posted by: 12oreo | December 9, 2008 7:04 PM

'Keyboard for Blondes' includes 'Oops!' key

Posted by: Erica_Butt | December 9, 2008 6:51 PM

I'm celebrating!

Posted by: JakeD | December 9, 2008 6:45 PM

They keep saying that it is a very sad say for for Illinois.

Actually it is a great day for Illinois; any day that you get rid of corruption at the highest levels should be a day of celebration, and we should treat this announcement in just this way.

Life is short - celebrate each new day.

Posted by: buzzm1 | December 9, 2008 6:40 PM

A really - really bad day for the DEMOCRUDS

Posted by: hclark1 | December 9, 2008 6:32 PM

The only thing Dirty Harry was disappointed about was that the slug Governor got caught. Typical Illinois corruption that gave us the affirmative action boy. Pathetic and contemptible.
Posted by: LarryG62 | December 9, 2008 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Affirmative action boy? What does that even mean? You are against the idea of racial equality in the US?

You must really hate Bush since he was able to get into Yale on C+ grades just because of his family name while hundreds of thousands of applicants who were rejected had almost perfect grades .

If affirmative action is helping get rid of these same rich, white, corrupt political families who have run this country into the ground I’m behind it 100%!

Posted by: Southeasterner | December 9, 2008 6:30 PM

Extra: Mr. Harris, leader of Democratic party Hq was also arrested on same charges. Next: isn't this connect dots, to offerr bribes, someone whose capable of filling those bribes must be involved, eg Hon Obama esq?


Posted by: thomasxstewart | December 9, 2008 5:54 PM

I'm no Blagojevic fan, or expert on Illinois politics, but there's something off about all this. Why not let him turn himself in? Why the showy arrest and the leakage around the supposed wiretap? The guy's not a flight risk.

You know what that signals to me? They don't have all that strong a case. I wouldn't be surprised to see the Governor's attorneys coming back at Fitzgerald in the next few news cycles.

This doesn't hurt the Dems -- they wanted to get rid of him anyway. The GOP will crow for a few days, but that's what they do. You can't expect the party of Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney, Duke Cunningham, George Ryan, Ted Stevens, Don Young, Larry Craig, Mark Foley, et al, to pass up a chance to accuse somebody else of corruption.

I bet we haven't heard the last of this. In a big way, too.

Posted by: Samson151 | December 9, 2008 5:50 PM

The only thing Dirty Harry was disappointed about was that the slug Governor got caught. Typical Illinois corruption that gave us the affirmative action boy. Pathetic and contemptible.

Posted by: LarryG62 | December 9, 2008 5:38 PM

I want to know who...Candidate 1,2,3,4 and 5 are and to what degree they were willing to cooperate (or not) with this bizzare creature from Chicago.

Posted by: stephen3 | December 9, 2008 4:44 PM

Is anyone REALLY surprised?? someone needs to execute justice here, I think Al Sharpton is the one to do it:

Posted by: courtneywithrow | December 9, 2008 4:08 PM

The very notion of having Obama pay for the election of his replacement is idiotic. First, that is not allowed in the state of Illinois unless the law is changed. Second, many governors and senators have advanced to higher office, including the presidency, I will be shocked if any of them, ever, had to personally pay for the election of their own replacement. A very stupid idea.

Posted by: fnwy | December 9, 2008 3:45 PM

Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Here is the right thing to do.

Since Barack Obama is leaving his Elected Post to move on to the Presidency, his Campaign should be held liable. Barack Obama should pay for another State Election to fill his soon to be vacant senate seat. He has more than enough money in his coffers to pay for Ballots, and Election Personell to get this accomplished. This would be the Responsible thing to do, and would put the power back in the Hands of the People to decide whom they want as their next Senator.

The Final Decision should be up to the Voters in this State. Though if the DNC picks a real bad choice it may help their opponents in the next election cycle.

Posted by: ignoranceisbliss | December 9, 2008 3:11 PM

I think the real reason Reid is so disappointed is that he was actually looking forward to smelling someone new who visited the Senate.

Posted by: drjesullivan | December 9, 2008 1:03 PM | Report abuse

good one

Posted by: charlietuna6661 | December 9, 2008 3:10 PM

"Very disappointed" You gotta be kidding. What happened to Reid's constant "outrage" when it came to Republicans being indicted (and rightfully so).

It's a shame, really, to have such a weak Congressional leadership. That will be Obama's greatest problem in the years to come. Too bad he has no authority to bring change to the legislative branch, too.

Posted by: cpwdc | December 9, 2008 2:56 PM

Tony Rezko (Obama's close friend who got him a low interest home loan) is central to the indictment. Democratic Senator Harry Reid's phone conversations with the governor should be made public; Senator Reid was likely lobbying on someone's behalf and didn't know the FBI was recording everything he said.

Posted by: bob59 | December 9, 2008 2:45 PM

Senator Reid:

It is "someone who", not "someone that". How about a "No Senator Left Behind" bill?

Posted by: wgmadden | December 9, 2008 2:30 PM

bamccampbell, you're very much mistaken. The US Attorney on the case, Patrick Fitzgerald, is THE SAME GUY WHO INDICTED SCOOTER LIBBY. He is smart and clean. Even Rove and Gonzalez and their minions didn't dare touch him.

Posted by: herzliebster | December 9, 2008 2:03 PM

M_Algore...first let me say corruption in politics has been going on for years. I'm just shocked it was going on over the vacated senate seat of an incoming president...doesn't matter which party. Hopefully the new president will show he runs an administration void of corruption. This system needs that kind of change. If you, based on your comment, don't care to witness it here, you can relocate to Iran...I'm sure no one will notice, not care!

Posted by: ewjazzed | December 9, 2008 2:01 PM

Reid and Pelosi should have thrown Blagojevich under the bus when asked about his arrest.


How are we going to see the treasonous Cheney in a jumpsuit and watch Karl rove get his long overdue frog-walk in cuffs if we aren't going to castigate a guy who is caught on tape selling out our votes and government?

Posted by: onestring | December 9, 2008 2:01 PM

The biggest problem for the common american is the close connections between the political elit and the economic elite in the US. That is why the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer. Does the common american have persons which actually represents him at the place where the political decissions are made today ? ( by Helgis - Norway )

Posted by: post14 | December 9, 2008 1:51 PM

Senator Harry Reid is disappointed because he senses the days of the old style "two for me and one for you" politician are ending.

Reid is the number one recipient of jailed lobbyist Abramoff's donations and this indictment means voters no longer will put up with self serving politicians.

Harry Reid is next on the block in 2010.

Nevada is fed up with his antics too.

Posted by: msmithnv | December 9, 2008 1:35 PM

Unfortunately, Blagojevich's antics aren't unusual among high-ranking politicians, but how likely is it that a Republican Justice Department would tap the phones of a Republican governor suspected of similar activities?

Bush, Cheney, Rove, Rumsfeld, et. al. are walking away from death and destruction they intentionally (and unnecessarily) caused. On his way out the door, Bush is slapping America in the face with the favors he's giving to the coal, oil, and mining industries, among others. Bush, Cheney and their cohorts are the greatest criminals of our time, and yet there will be no accountability.

With the lowest approval rating in history, Bush has no interest in rehabilitating his image. His job is, and always has been, making sure that he and his friends get richer.

The sad part is that they'll be back again in sheep's clothing, using their billions and their propaganda to convince voters that they really are not wolves.

Posted by: bamccampbell | December 9, 2008 1:24 PM

Hopefully they have captured numerous officials on tape prostituting themselves.

It's too bad we will have to wait so long only to hear the sanitized version when this goes to trial.

Posted by: buzzm1 | December 9, 2008 1:10 PM

I think the real reason Reid is so disappointed is that he was actually looking forward to smelling someone new who visited the Senate.

Posted by: drjesullivan | December 9, 2008 1:03 PM


wow, if you learned to spell, call the party by its actual name, and then remember that the previous GOP governor of Illinois is in jail for corruption, maybe you would have edited this comment so it would be useful....

Posted by: ccdc20009 | December 9, 2008 12:21 PM


Posted by: M_Algore | December 9, 2008 12:14 PM

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