WASHINGTON (AP) â€” For Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, it’s too bad prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald ever came home.
While holding down the job of U.S. attorney in Chicago, Fitzgerald commuted to the nation’s capital, investigating the disclosure of the identity of CIA operative Valerie Plame all the way to the office of Vice President Dick Cheney.
“We’re all going back to our day jobs,” Fitzgerald said last year at the U.S. courthouse in Washington after winning a conviction against Cheney’s former chief of staff.
Since then, Fitzgerald’s “day job” in Chicago has been incredibly busy.
On Tuesday, Fitzgerald shook the Illinois political world with the arrest of Blagojevich, a Democrat, for allegedly conspiring to sell the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by President-elect Barack Obama.
It’s unusual for a federal prosecutor to have on his resume two such politically sensitive investigations in different parts of the country. And that’s not all. In an extraordinarily productive seven-year tenure, Fitzgerald also won the conviction of the previous Illinois governor, Republican George Ryan, who is in prison for racketeering.
Dec 10, ’08 10:57 AM