Ace of Spades (H/T, by the way) has kindly given me permission to use the Flaming Blagojevich Skull for this, so I shall:
In a November conversation caught on an FBI wiretap, Roland Burris promised Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s brother that he’d write the governor a campaign check by mid-December, Burris’ lawyer said today.
That was about a month before Rod Blagojevich appointed Burris to the U.S. Senate.
But lawyer Timothy Wright told the Chicago Sun-Times today that his client never sent the check because he believed it wasn’t a good idea given Burris’ interest in the U.S. Senate seat appointment. Wright said Burris’ decision not to send the check had nothing to do with Blagojevich’s Dec. 9 arrest.
Why, no, this planned contribution was not mentioned in any previous narrative about what was going on about Burris’ Senate appointment. It got completely overlooked, in fact. But that’s actually a distraction from the real question, here, which is: what in God’s name was Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid thinking when he seated this guy?
Heck, does Senator Reid think?
OK, that’s two questions. Sue me.
PS: If you’re wondering why Illinois Democrats haven’t picked a successor for Burris yet, it’s almost certainly because they have to wait to see who’s getting indicted in the next six months.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.