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Plenty of indictments to go around

Well, isn’t this precious?

Now each presidential ticket has a high statewide elected official associated with it who’s facing corruption charges!

On the Republican side, we have Senator Ted Stevens, from Governor Sarah Palin’s home state of Alaska.  Recently indicted on charges of lying about hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of construction work on his home, courtesy of oil corporation VECO.  Sen. Stevens was most recently in the news for asking a federal judge if he could be excused from his own freakin’ trial, for the sake of going to Washington so he could be in on the negotiations over the bailout deal.

But Stevens is old news.

Now, on the Democratic side, we have Governor Rod Blagojevich of Senator Barack Obama’s home state of Illinois.  Federal agents now have enough evidence to indict the governor on fraud and conspiracy charges; they await the decision from the U.S. Attorney as to whether to convene a grand jury.  An added twist:  Blagojevich is mentioned as the “intended beneficiary” of an extortion attempt by none other than everyone’s favorite convicted felon, Tony Rezko!  Yup, that’s just what Sen. Obama needs right now…more Rezko news.

Politicians under indictment are such a prized news commodity…so nice to find there’s enough to go around.  Makes me all warm and fuzzy inside when parties can share.

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“Um, I have a note from the Minority Leader?”

U.S. Senator Ted Stevens (R-AK), awaiting trial on corruption charges, has asked a federal judge if it’s OK if he skips out on the proceedings from time to time this week.

His reason?  He says that the trial, in which a jury will decide whether he lied about $250,000 in home construction and other gifts courtesy of an oil company, makes it difficult for him to be a good Senator.

The gobsmacking details, and how it might reflect on Sarah Palin, below the break.

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