“I and my Administration have acted properly in all matters..”

The Blagojevitch “pay-to-play” saga rumbles on, as law professors differ on the constitutional position of the Democratic Senators’ intended vetoing of Blagojevitch’s appointment of Roland Burris to replace Barack Obama in the Senate. Meanwhile the President-elect’s nominee for Secretary of Commerce, Governor Bill Richardson of New Mexico, has withdrawn his name from that process due to a federal grand jury investigation into “how a California company that contributed to Mr. Richardson’s political activities won a lucrative New Mexico state contract.” From the New York Times report

A person familiar with the proceedings has told The Associated Press that the grand jury is looking into possible “pay-to-play” dealings between CDR Financial Products and someone in a position to push the contract through with the state of New Mexico.

Adds Via the Professor, “Boy, with this, Blagojevich, etc., this Obama “honeymoon” is looking kinda rocky”, more on Gov Richardson and the investigation in New Mexico.

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  • EWI

    Adds Via the Professor, “Boy, with this, Blagojevich, etc., this Obama “honeymoon” is looking kinda rocky”, more on Gov Richardson and the investigation in New Mexico.

    I know I’m starting to sound like abroken record here, but if I wanted to read the opinions of an idiot troll like Reynolds, I think I’d go read his blog directly instead of seeing it regurgitated here on Slugger ad nauseum. Maybe you’re thinking that he’ll give a reciprocal link? Anyway.

  • Firstly Sluggiepoos, the clock doesn’t start until 20 January.

    Secondly, Richardson is viewed by 18 million Clintonistas as a latterday Lundy. Most would have preferred to see him twisting in the wind or staked out on an anthill and attended by Apaches in a frenzy of bloodlust.

    We now have another example as to how calculating and deliberate Obama is. Richardson betrayed the Clintons by backing Obama and was thus due for a payback. The Clintonistas form a significant part of the Obama administration, though. Somehow, I think, Richardson would suffer the death of a thousand leaks once in office. Cause a bump in Obama’s ride and you end up under the bus.

    Thirdly, the Burris appointment is a diabolical kick in the slats to the Senate leadership. The brouhaha was all about play for pay favoritism, wasn’t it? Holy Turnabout, Batman, Burris a political opponent of Blagojevitch (ran against him Democrat primary in 2002 and lost by a hair’s breadth) AND used to be Illinois’s top cop. Let’s say that it’s not as extreme as if Ian Paisley somehow appointed Patrick Magee as Chief Constable but it will do until something like that occurs.

    Did I mention that Burris is also a colored man replacing a seat that another colored man vacated? Racial politics has always played a part in American politics and post-Obama it has broken out of the South and the Inner City even though the opinion-shapers tout the post-racial era.

    Harry Reid’s colon must resemble a surgeon’s knot by now.

    Pity the poor Republicans, though. Here they thought they could do a quickie hit job, stage a killer press conference and bag another Democrat governor. Paddy Fitzpatrick may need a string of garlic and an oak stake for this one. Send him your Rosaries, he will need them, preferably silver ones.

    Wow, and I used to think Blagojevitch was a bumbling moron. If I was not mistaken, though, then who is the wizard behind the curtain?

  • Jimmy Sands

    I believe that although Burris ran against him in 2002, he was donor to the campaign last time out. hardly an opponent.

    Richardson I can recall on some obscure Paddy’s day shindig on C-SPAN giving some gut wrenching pandering about going to Belfast to meet the “political prisoners”. Good riddance.

  • “he was donor to the campaign last time out. hardly an opponent.”

    Not exactly, a tithe more likely since Baar was already dead man walking. He never gave in an election year and never more than he gave to the Illinois Senate Democratic Fund. Unlike the moral certainties of the dreary steeples, that’s what the smart money does over here.

    It will work for Burris. Tough titty Reid.

    The wee birds is the trees are also twittering that the US Attorneys will find new marching orders awaiting them a discrete interval following 20 January. Who will this effect, I wonder?