One question seldom asked in the Blagojevich trial: Why?
Why would a former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D, need to sell a Senate seat?
Possible answer: because he and his wife were spending $75,000 on clothing each year.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his wife Patti spent more than $400,000 on clothing in the six years the governor was in office.
IRS agent Shari Schindler on Thursday testified in Blagojevich’s federal corruption trail, reading off a list of the who’s who among clothiers and retail outlets. The governor spent $205,000 on suits from Tom James Clothing/Oxxford — a custom clothing, custom suit maker…
Schindler testified that by August 2008, the Blagojevich family owed more than $90,000 in credit-card debt, as well as $220,000 on a home equity loan….Schindler said Rod and Patti’s moneymaking peaked in 2004 with salaries amounting to nearly $400,000. They never made less than $226,000—in 2008—during Blagojevich’s time as governor. Still, the first family managed to consistently spend more money than they were bringing in, leaving them with six-figure debt levels at the time of his arrest.
All that, and he couldn’t even get a decent haircut?