Lynn Sweet is the Washington, D.C., bureau chief for the Chicago Sun-Times. She has been following Gov. Rod Blagojevich's career for some time now.
She spoke with CBN News about the Senate seat scandal and what it all means and how it could affect Presisdent-elect Obama.
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Sweet: One of the things that is remarkable in the criminal complain that came down is now Gov. Blagojevich even though the team obama would consider making any kind of deal that would result in an appointment for him team obama has done everything they could to distance themselves from bog who is under an ethical cloud since obama started his presidential campaign.
At the moment it doesn't directly affect on him -- Obama -- it's about the culture of corruption that exists in Illinois and how the Gov thought he could maybe make a deal to sell the Senate seat.
What's at issue here are the allegations against the Governor for crossing the line - discussions, even if they were just conversations with the President-elect or his deputies or lieutenants about who would be good to replace him is normal political conversation.
Blagojevich was not in Grant Park on election night, was not invited to speak at the Democratic Convention, most big name Democrats were and never was asked to campaign for Obama across the country -- most Democratic Governors were asked to help out.
So one of the fascinating things in this unfolding drama is now the Governor even though no matter what favor he might do or even think he was doing, or offering to the Blagojevich team, that anyone would have any interest in helping him in return.