Saturday, December 06, 2008

Blagojevich "has not done anything wrong, improper or illegal"

Clout Street: In a letter responding to the Tribune exclusive about John Wyma's cooperation in the current Federal corruption investigation, Blagojevich claimed he has not 'done anything wrong, improper or illegal':

"The Governor has been working on the things that matter most to the people of Illinois - creating jobs, keeping people in their homes, fixing the budget, and making sure that everyone has access to affordable health care," said the statement from Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero. "He woke up this morning and saw the article just like everyone else did. The Governor has not done anything wrong, improper or illegal."
(I'd have paid to see that "he woke up this morning and saw" part.) The Tribune article, which appeared on December 5, said that John Wyma's cooperation led to the covert taping of conversations with Blagojevich. Wyma was Blago's chief of staff when he was in congress, and is (or rather was) "one of the few advisers trusted by Blagojevich and kept in the loop on matters of policy and politics". Tribune reporters Coen, Chase and Kidwell summarize Wyma's Chicago-style resume:
In 2005, another Wyma client won $10 million in state tollway contracts after the owner of a company paid Patricia Blagojevich's home-based real estate company more than $30,000 in commissions on the sale of his condominium to Wyma.

Mark Wight, owner of the architectural firm Wight & Co., said he and Wyma worked out the terms of the sale in private and the $650,000 condominium never was listed.

Indeed, Wyma's and the Blagojeviches' relationship has always been both personal and professional. The governor routinely reported exchanging personal gifts and often appeared at Wyma-sponsored fundraisers where Wyma's clients hobnobbed with the governor before turning over checks for his campaign fund.

On at least two occasions this summer, Wyma held private fundraising events for Blagojevich at a downtown restaurant and a Rush Street restaurant.
I wonder why they mention the fundraising events and real estate deals. As we all know, they don't suggest anything, do they?

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