From the Eric Zorn in his "Change of Subject" blog for the Chicago Tribune: Blagojevich blasts hypocrisy, adultery & excessive drinking in Springfield
This might get real good, folks. Here's former Gov. Rod Blagojevich telling tales and starting to name names during an interview on WLS-AM this morning. (Warning, don't try to diagram his sentences, just go with the flow):
Here’s a little example, an insight I’d like to share, how the system works. They give these speeches and they act like they’re so moral.
There’s a prominent legislative leader, OK, you know, who was going to work with us on a couple of issues. But, you know, this is very common, he has a little laundry list of stuff he wants, and among these things—this is how the system in Springfield works, where a bunch of these lawmakers go down to Springfield, nobody even knows who they are, they’re away from their families, it’s a whole different world down there, a bunch of them are cheating on their spouses, a lot of them drink in excess, very few of them know what’s going on.
They just take their marching orders from legislative leaders, and then the legislative leaders got to do things for them so that they can keep `em happy.
So the house Democrats, for example, virtually every one of them is getting extra pay because (Illinois House Speaker Michael) Madigan has given them all chairmanships and sub-committee chairmanships, virtually every one of them, you know, have extra stipends that they get. That’s how he buys them off to do his bidding, and basically be blind and just follow the leader.
Another legislative leader came to us because one of his members was sleeping with his secretary. And then the wife found out and she wanted that secretary fired. But this guy was in love with his secretary, so he goes to the legislative leader, they come to us, they want us to hire this woman so that we can keep that guy happy and, you know, then hope that they might work with us on some issues.
Those kinds of insights on how government works.
And it’s not just state government. I saw that as a (U.S) Congressman in Washington, that sort of stuff. And it’s, you know, part of the human dynamic and I don’t want to be too judgmental, but these same guys get up and they get holier-than-thou on their soapboxes and there they are doing that sort of thing, promoting that kind of thing, and you know, yeah, people are human and they make mistakes, but cheating on your wife and sleeping with your secretary, that’s the wrong thing to do.