There have been fresh calls for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich to quit following his arrest over allegedly trying to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate seat for cash.
He is under media scrutiny but is saying nothing about the scandal, although aides insist he has no plans to stand down.
Blagojevich, who has been investigated for years on other matters, has the power to fill the Senate seat vacated by Obama.
The FBI claims that in transcripts of phone calls to unnamed individuals the Governor is heard offering to make someone a Senator for up to a million dollars.
Although Barack Obama is not linked to the allegations in any way, the unfolding saga threatens to follow Obama to Washington. This at a time when he is planning his move to the White House with ambitious plans to get the US economy moving again. Obama has called on fellow democrat Blagojevich to quit.
He called the charges against the Illinois Governor sobering and sad.
Chicago’s leading newspapers are demanding Blagojevich’s immediate resignation and their relentless investigation into his affairs will continue.
Ironically, Blagojevich was elected to office on an anti corruption ticket.
Busted or not, Blagojevich seems to determined to hang on, for now.