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In Illinois Gov. Scandal the Question is: Who is “Candidate 5”

Gov. Blagojevich/state photo

Gov. Blagojevich/state photo

No question, with a scandal of this magnitude  there will be many many more questions in coming weeks….like who was “Candidate 5” mentioned in the charging papers? Inquiring minds want to know.

By Ben Protess

The FBI’s arrest today of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has brought a new figure into our political lexicon: “Senate Candidate 5.”
The FBI recorded Blagojevich last week saying to an adviser that “Candidate 5” might raise money for Blagojevich and even give him “some (money) up front, maybe” in exchange for being appointed to replace Obama, according to today’s criminal complaint (PDF) filed by the United States Attorney’s office in Chicago.
Blagojevich has the sole power to appoint Obama’s replacement under the state constitution. Blagojevich allegedly analogized this power to that of a sports agent shopping a potential free agent to the highest bidder, telling an adviser, “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden…I’m just not giving it up for [expletive] nothing.”
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Read Criminal Complaint

Read U.S. Attorney’s Press Release

Excerpt From Charges: Gov. Calls Obama a MotherF–

Brazen Words Left Agents Shocked (Washington Post)

Morning Arrest: Government Asks is This a Joke? (Chicago Tribune)

Union Officials Allegedly Acted as Go-Between (Washington Post)

Republican Challenger Defeats Indicted Rep. William J. Jefferson

Rep. William J. Jefferson’s loyal voter base finally wore too thin. A Republican has unseated the 9-term Dem, who faces trial some time next year on public corruption charges. As a Congressman, Jefferson still had a chip to bargain with if he decided to plead guilty. He could have agreed to step down in exchange for a more lenient prison term. Now he’s about to lose that.

Winner: Anh "Joseph" Cao

Winner: Anh Cao

Rep. William Jefferson/fox news

Rep. William Jefferson/fox newsWinner Anh

by Michelle Krupa and Frank Donze
The Times-Picayune
NEW ORLEANS — Indicted U.S. Rep. William Jefferson suffered what may be the final blow of his storied political career in the most improbable way Saturday, when an untested Republican opponent took advantage of Louisiana’s new federal voting rules — and an election delay caused by Hurricane Gustav — to unseat the nine-term Democrat.
With the upset victory, Anh “Joseph” Cao, a eastern New Orleans attorney who fled war-ravaged Saigon as a child, becomes the first Vietnamese-American in Congress. He will represent a district that was specifically drawn to give African-Americans an electoral advantage and one in which two of every three voters are registered Democrats.

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MONDAY UPDATE: Jefferson Loses Congressional Salary and Possible Bargaining Chip (New Orleans Times-Picayune)


Az Rep. Rick Renzi’s Atty. Accuses Feds of Tickling The Wire

Law enforcement calls it “tickling the wire”, an old trick in which investigators leak something or arrest someone and hope people will respond by getting on a wiretapped phone and talking.

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Rep. Rick Renzi/official photo

Associated Press
TUCSON, Ariz. – A lawyer for Rep. Rick Renzi of Arizona has accused the Justice Department of leaking an investigation over a land swap as a way to push Renzi into revealing details on his wiretapped cell phone.
Renzi attorney Reid Weingarten told a federal judge in Tucson that the leaks to media amount to misconduct. A prosecutor said the government investigated the leaks but couldn’t find a source.
The accusations came in a hearing on the retiring Republican’s request to have corruption charges dismissed.

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