Blago trial confirms: Obama’s ‘political godfather’ is a sleaze 

State Senate President Emil Jones, D, was President Obama’s mentor. He also wanted to be Obama’s successor, enough that he cut a deal with Gov. Rod Blagojevich, D, to make himself a U.S. Senator, according to testimony yesterday in the Blagojevich trial.

From the Chicago Tribune blog:

Then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich had a deal with state Sen. President Emil Jones that might have stopped Illinois ethics legislation from passing in 2008 and landed Jones in Congress, [former Blagojevich advisor Alonzo] Monk testified this afternoon at Blagojevich’s corruption trial.

If the state senate did not override Blagojevich’s veto of a bill that would limit the governor’s fundraising, Blagojevich would name Jones to the U. S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama, Monk said.

“Emil Jones agreed not to call a vote if Rod named him to Obama’s Senate seat,” Monk said.

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