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Blagojevich Admission Links Jerry Costello to Tapes and Corruption Trial

Rod Blagojevich links Jerry Costello to corruption investigation and trial through an admission on Fox News that Costello will be called to testify in the next trial.

 
PRLog - Aug. 24, 2010 - BELLEVILLE, Ill. -- In a stunning development, embattled former governor and convicted felon Rod Blagojevich linked long term career politician Congressman Jerry Costello to the FBI corruption investigation and upcoming retrial.  According to Costello's campaign finance records, "donated" over fifty thousand dollars to Rod Blagojevich in 2006 while the governor was under investigation by the FBI for corruption.  Jerry Costello's name surfaced for the first time in the ongoing corruption scandal when Blagojevich mention that he would be calling Jerry Costello to testify in the upcoming re-trial along with Jesse Jackson, Jr. who was featured prominently in the alleged attempted sale of the Senate seat formerly held by Barack Obama.
In a direct quote from the interview, Costello is implicated as being part of the alleged conspiracy to sell the Senate seat:
BLAGOJEVICH:" I don't -- there were -- there was a tape played in court where my brother was approached by a representative. We talked about the Jackson people offering something like $1 million or $1.5 million in campaign contributions. My brother very clearly said we -- money will have nothing to do with this decision.
This was never about campaign contributions. What the prosecutor stopped was a political deal where Rahm Emanuel's helping make happen. Congressman Costello possibly could have been involved."
While this is a stunning turn of events in the ongoing corruption re-trial preparation, Jerry Costello's opponent in the upcoming election, Teri Newman, was not surprised by the governor's revelation.
"We ALL know what kind of guy Jerry Costello is" Mrs. Newman stated "and he did give Blagojevich more than fifty thousand dollars from his campaign donations, so it's not a stretch for me to believe that Costello is involved in this case in some way."
The blunt and outspoken Mrs. Newman is posing a serious challenge to the beleaguered  Costello who is under fire for his massive tax spending votes, his support of illegal aliens and his support of and vote for Obamacare as well as for accepting close to 3 million dollars in  campaign donations in 2000 and 2006 when he ran unopposed for re-election.

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