Flamboyant haired former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison today. It was one of the harshest sentences ever for a corrupt Illinois elected official. Some of the charges included an attempt to sell the vacated senate seat of Senator Barack Obama after he won a historic election becoming America’s first African American president. While Blagojevich is a democrat, he succeeded republican Governor George Ryan who is currently serving a 6 1/2 year sentence for his corruption convictions. Corruption in Illinois politics appears to be very bipartisan.
Serbian American Rod Blagojevich was once a figure of the ethnic diversity of the state. But, as it appeared he was very corrupt, he became an embarrassment to the Serbian American community, who resented his image of dishonesty.
Today, in court, Blagojevich offered up an apology for his corrupt conduct while in office, however, Judge James Zagel appeared unmoved, and imposed the harsh sentence.
It had to be very disappointing to President Obama when his former seat in the senate wasn’t treated with respect and Blagojevich basically attempted to sell his seat to the highest bidder.
Blagojevich’s hair was always a conversation piece by the late night comics as well. It appears that he’s a huge Elvis fan, and it appears to a cut influenced by the King’s own style. Now, he gets to do the “jailhouse rock” just like his idol.