Well, they can’t say they didn’t warn us. The folks over at RecallRod.org have undergone a name change today upon hearing the news that Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and his Chief of Staff, John Harris, were arrested on federal corruption charges. The new name of the site? ImpeachRod.org.
It would seem that Governor Blagojevich viewed the Senate vacancy left by Barack Obama’s Presidential win as his own personal trading card. Other charges include attempts to fire Chicago Tribune journalists that criticized him in exchange for state help of the Wrigley Field sale, which is owned by the newly (financially, but apparently not ethically) bankrupt Tribune Company. The arrests are a culmination of a 3-year investigation.
In a statement, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald noted, “The breadth of corruption laid out in these charges is staggering. They allege that Blagojevich put a ‘for sale’ sign on the naming of a United States senator; involved himself personally in pay-to-play schemes with the urgency of a salesman meeting his annual sales target; and corruptly used his office in an effort to trample editorial voices of criticism.”
And so it is that Governor Blagojevich wins a Fantasy T-Wearer award this week with the “For Sale” t-shirt here at left. (With so many Blagojevich t-shirts to choose from we had a hard time finding the best one, but we liked this one for its general message and it being the closest color we have to prison jumpsuit orange.)
We do realize that this shirt may contain a dangerous message to be sporting in the slammer, but then again federal prison offers no end of opportunity for Blagojevich to leverage the hidden supply of cigarettes and chewing gum he traded for preferential seating at the Cool Kids Table in the prison cafeteria. So it’s apt to be… well, apt.
(Fortunately for this writer, CafePress is out of Blagojevich’s jurisdiction. And we don’t have a baseball stadium for sale either.)