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All in A Day’s Work: The Constant Blagojevich Campaign

John OConnor 24 June 2009 No Comment

Under the self-styled reform governor:

—A relative of the tailor who made Blagojevich’s suits worth $2,000 or more sought a state job. She got it.

—Dozens of people Blagojevich met, as well as political contributors, friends and even his dentist, were invited to lodge at the governor’s mansion in Springfield.

—A taxpayer-paid travel aide appears to have been dispatched on personal errands, picking up the governor’s suits or delivering Scotch on a Saturday for another aide’s Christmas party.

—Blagojevich’s staff balked at allowing a Cook County commissioner to meet with him because an aide said she hadn’t helped his campaign.
The anecdotes give a glimpse of Blagojevich’s attitude toward an old-school view of politics and government that he promised to eradicate when he took over from George Ryan, the Republican.

Read more in the Mt. Vernon Register-News

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