Blago Lesson: It’s Okay to Sell a Senate Seat, So Long as You Don’t Lie about It
All you Californians ought to be getting awfully nervous about Senate-Select Carly Fiorina about now. Because the lesson I take from the Rod Blagojevich verdict–he was found guilty of just one charge of lying to the FBI, while the jury remained deadlocked on 23 other charges–is that it’s okay to sell a Senate seat, so long as you don’t lie about it.
A federal jury today convicted former Gov. Rod Blagojevich of only one count against him: lying to the FBI. Jurors said they were deadlocked on the other 23 counts against the former governor, and all four counts against his brother Robert.
Mind you, prosecutors immediately told the judge they’d be back to retry the remaining counts.
But in spite of the fact that Blago appears to be headed for jail, this is not a big victory against corruption.