December 10th, 2008
09:29 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Governor Busted: The Fallout

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/10/senate.candidates/art.jackson.gi.jpg caption="Jesse Jackson Jr. says he is confident he 'engaged in no wrongdoing'."]

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Tonight there are new calls for Illinois Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign, a day after he was arrested on federal corruption charges. President-elect Barack Obama is pushing for him to step down. And, so are all 50 Senate Democrats on Captiol Hill. They also don't want Blagojevich to appoint anyone to Obama's now vacant Senate seat. After all, the governor is accused of trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

The other reveleation today came from a law enforcement official who confirmed that the person indentified in the 76-page FBI affidavit is Congressman Jesse Jackson Junior, D-Illiniois.

In the affidavit, Candidate 5 is the only one Blagojevich claimed discussed through an emissary about the possibility of raising money for the governor in exchange for the Senate seat.

But in a news conference today, Jackson denied any wrongdoing in the scandal.

"I did not initiate or authorize anyone at any time to promise anything to Govenor Blagojevich on my behalf. I never sent a message or an emissary to the governor to make an offer, to plead my case or to propose deal about a U.S. Senate seat. Period," said Jackson.

What do you think about Jackson's comments?
We'd love to hear your thoughts on today's developments.

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soundoff (27 Responses)
  1. Bruce from Kansas City

    Gov. Blagojevich is looking at some jail time . The FBI will try to figure out if Congressman Jackson is telling the truth. Is this a red flag for the Democratic party ? Will we ever know?

    December 11, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  2. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    The tapes will tell all. We are not privy to hearing them, must be a legality; therefore, there is no need to speculate until all the facts are revealed. The Governor does, indeed, seem to be of unusual character!

    December 11, 2008 at 9:45 am |
  3. Stella (Germany)

    Well, this certainly shows that coruption comes from both sides of the aisle and I really think it's time everyone realises that.
    It's not only democrats and it's not only republicans. There's coruption in both parties but that doesn't mean you can throw them all in the same pot. It's not gonna help anyone, especially not the american people. So just calm down and wait an see who commited a crime. No need to jump to conclusion.

    But I think, it'd be better to fill the senate seat of Obama with someone who gets elected from the people of Illinois.

    December 11, 2008 at 7:15 am |
  4. Dr. Myslotsky

    Jesse Jackson Jr has NO POLITICAL FUTURE NOW !!!!
    This is shameful for him just as shameful that his own father had a child out of wedlock. You have once chance at credibility and the Jackson's blew it like Michael Jackson. Obama could also be arrested as he rose up quickly in this corrupt political system and must have known this was the game and done the same thing. Bush sucked, but this is much worse. Biden will probably be our next President.

    December 11, 2008 at 5:08 am |
  5. King

    Is there a fragment of ethical behavior in the Jackson's DNA? The only downside in seeing this opportunistic clan slapped down yet again is that the neocons are having a feeding frenzy over the implications for Obama.

    December 11, 2008 at 3:26 am |
  6. Steve Bright

    Does Jesse Jackson really expect us to believe he wasn't having his surrogates act on his behalf in offering campaign contributions.

    December 11, 2008 at 3:04 am |
  7. Steve Bright

    Blago won't resign, he has the good's on too many other high powered people. He is going to use this as leverage in a plea bargain.
    It may even involve Obama. It's impossible for me to believe as tightly involved as Obama was, that he didn't participate some of this illegal activity. What was the quid pro quos in the real estate deal with Rezko?

    December 11, 2008 at 2:39 am |
  8. Laura in California

    President Elect Obama had nothing to do with Blagojevich, and I believe every word he said about him not having any conversations with him about the seat. In response to the guy who spoke about "crooks in Ilininois," he just doesn't like Obama, and is trying to find a reason not to like him. All the republicans are now having a feast and trying to find something that isn't and never will.

    December 11, 2008 at 2:20 am |
  9. Jim M

    There should be no doubt that Blagojevich is a self-aggrandizer. Perhaps it is time for those responsible Illinois officials to seek the assistance of certified pyschiatrists to determine if his condition is one of a defianable psychological disorder so that treatment can be given ;and, if so defined, that he be declared unable to hold his present position as governor.

    December 11, 2008 at 1:39 am |
  10. Bernadette Greaves

    Wont it be normal for Mr. obama and the Gov to have conversation since he is the one leaving the seat. I don't think Obama is involved and I think he had conversations but not anything to do with this corrupt and sick conduct. Jesse Jackson I'm sure is being framed so that another confident black man don't get the seat. The truth will come to light... soon

    December 11, 2008 at 1:26 am |
  11. John

    Follow the money...... (remember Deepthroat).......This story is leading straightr into the President-elect's transition team...... Does anyone in his right mind believe that Mr. Obama's handlers with their reputation for attention to detail would not have had ongoing discussions with the Governor over the appointment of a new senator? The denials and retractions from primary staffers for Mr. Obama confirm that there have been contact and discussion about this matter. Next will come the thorough examination that Senators Clinton and McCain requested of how Mr. Obama's reputation for delivering Federal spending projects in Illinois is connected to the corrupt Governor who often oversaw the use of those funds. Follow the money. Obama is in trouble!

    December 11, 2008 at 1:24 am |
  12. Linda Tucker

    I pray he's done nothing wrong because I believe he's nothing like his father is known worldwide as a hipocrite

    December 11, 2008 at 12:04 am |
  13. Gilby-HI

    This is just politics as usual in the windy city. This is also the tip of the iceberg. When you sleep with dogs you get lots very bad things all around you. Poor old Obama has just started his perp walk..

    December 10, 2008 at 11:39 pm |
  14. Scott Werne

    The leaf is falling perilously close to the tree. I volunteered for the Obama campaign believing that 'real' change was at hand. I'm now finding myself at odds about the incoming president and what his 'people' know and how they run their daily affairs. If this is truly America and 'love is truly blind' and the rest of the world is right about this country, what are we going to do?

    December 10, 2008 at 11:28 pm |
  15. ray hall

    Jackson,like almost all politicians,are 2 different people,lights,camera ,action,when the camera is on,,,money sucking greed,when in private,..That is our gov..everywhere..even down to the smallest jobs,,,school boards,city council ,,you name it

    December 10, 2008 at 11:18 pm |
  16. Mamie Mitchell

    If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck it's probably a duck.
    He's an addict. Addicted to the disease of MORE...money, power, greed.
    An addict will do anything to get their drug while they are self destructing. It's called Insanity. And this guy is in the throws of an addiction. His thinking is that of an addict. Just replace his behavior with that of a person who is bottoming out on alcohol or drugs. Same thing.

    December 10, 2008 at 11:15 pm |
  17. William of Iowa

    Welcome to the 21st. century. Wiretapping, spying with gadgets etc...
    Blagojevich should have stuck with the time honored methods of political self-promotion. Smokey backrooms and winks have worked in Illinois, Washington and many other places for a long time.

    December 10, 2008 at 11:05 pm |


    December 10, 2008 at 10:41 pm |
  19. geri in wi

    I honestly think before all this is done, we will find there is alot more of our governmental officials leaning towards the criminal side. And it will leave us all to wonder WHO we elected .And we wonder why we are shocked by our government and the state it is in!!!

    December 10, 2008 at 10:33 pm |
  20. Evan (Normal, Illinois)

    I believe Mr. Jackson when he says he didn't do anything wrong, but I hope what comes from this is that Obama or President Bush will do something about this corruption. Something needs to be done, so the corrupt run scared. Blagojevich should be temporarily removed from office until this ordeal is worked out. He is totally going to jail.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm |
  21. Al - St Pete, FL

    I'm amazed at the immediate rush to call Obama guilty by association. There is an awful lot of pent up anger in the republican camp. Can't we at least reserve judgement until the facts are known.

    I'm from Illinois and my son works for the state. I've been hearing horror stories about Blogejevich since about 6 months after he was first elected. I think people just assumed that nobody cared enough to stop him.

    Obama's so called "inexperience in politics" may be a blessing in this case.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:22 pm |
  22. James Cunningham

    One of Barack Obama's top priorities is his successor in the Senate. Any one who believes he has not had any contact with the man responsible for appointing his successor must be smoking funny cigaretts.

    December 10, 2008 at 10:18 pm |
  23. Jake

    This situation is rather funny.. they investigated this guy for 5 years to bust him on something that happened this month.. and they arrest a GOVERNOR of a state at his house in the early morning.. what is he? a threat to society? guilty of corruption.. probably.. but this whole thing smells.. on both sides..

    December 10, 2008 at 10:14 pm |
  24. Annie Kate

    Sounds like he said/ he said, so I would hate to speculate on whether Mr. Jackson did this or not without something more than the Governor saying he discussed with an emissary this affair. I don't put much stock in anything the Governor says.

    I hope that an auto deal has been finalized and hopefully the auto makers can get to work reorganizing their business so they can be profitable again. The sooner they start hopefully the sooner they reach their goals.

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    December 10, 2008 at 10:00 pm |
  25. Bart from Chicago

    Their all crooks in IL. Look out Washington, here they come.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:59 pm |
  26. jim

    In the criminal justice system, the defendent is innocent until proven guilty. If Gov. Rod Blagojevich claims to be innocent, he can remain as governor until proven guilty. I do believe Blagojevich when he said candidate number 5 offered $500K for a senate seat. That came out to be Jesse Jackson Jr. How about that.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:51 pm |
  27. Sherrol in Canada

    Me thinks he doth protest too much!!

    I'm not surprised Jesse Jr's name was thrown out there. He had been lobbying relentlessly for weeks for that Senate seat and I'm hoping his, shall I say, blind ambition, did not mar his better judgement.

    His press conference started out plausible enough, but at some point it sounded as if he was still lobbying or campaigning for Pres-elect Obama's Senate seat. Big mistake on his part I'd say.

    December 10, 2008 at 9:41 pm |