Saturday, February 22, 2020

Whatever happened to the Toilet Gate investigation?


Blagojevich credits Pritzker’s rebuke to ‘Toilet Gate’ and says ‘I wish he would show a little more backbone’
Rod Blagojevich, freshly freed from federal prison this week, had some biting words for his one-time friend and campaign contributor in an interview with NBC5 Chicago’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern.


By Tina Sfondeles Feb 21, 2020, 7:26pm CST


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, talks to NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern on Friday; Gov. J.B. Pritzker meets with the Sun-Times Editorial Board Thursday. Screen image from www.nbcchicago.com; Rich Hein/Sun-Times

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday acknowledged Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker was “good” to him in the past and is not on the list of people Blagojevich is “trying to work to forgive.”

“I still like him,” Blagojevich said.

But he implored Pritzker to have more of a “backbone,” suggesting the billionaire governor’s criticism of President Donald Trump’s decision to grant Blagojevich clemency stems from Pritzker’s
“own troubles,” which Blagojevich dubbed “Toilet Gate.”

Blagojevich, freshly freed from federal prison this week, had some biting words for his one-time friend and campaign contributor in an interview with NBC5 Chicago’s political reporter Mary Ann Ahern. It comes just days after Pritzker offered a sharp response to Blagojevich’s clemency, saying Trump “abused his power in inexplicable ways to reward his friends and condone corruption.”

The disdain was consistent with Pritzker’s longstanding criticism of Trump, especially now that Blagojevich calls himself a “Trumpocrat.”Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich greets supporters outside the family’s Ravenswood Manor home Wednesday.Ashlee Rezin Garcia/Sun-Times

But Blagojevich has a different take on the rebuke from his former friend.

“He went from a businessman to a typical politician. That’s what I make of him,” Blagojevich said Friday of the governor. “I’m disappointed to hear that, but you know, he’s got his own troubles, and he’s under federal investigation for property tax fraud or something — I think you call it ‘Toilet Gate.’ I think that’s what you guys are calling it,” Blagojevich said with a laugh.

In 2018, the Sun-Times reported that Pritzker bought the historic mansion next door to his own Gold Coast mansion, let it fall into disrepair and disconnected the toilets — and then argued it was “uninhabitable” to reduce the property taxes.

And Pritzker, his wife and brother-in-law are under federal investigation for the more than $330,000 property tax break Pritzker received, WBEZ-FM reported in May.Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, left, talks to NBC5’s Mary Ann Ahern on Friday. Screen image from www.nbcchicago.com

The toilets were a campaign issue for Pritzker — and so was Blagojevich. The two were once friendly enough to share laughs on the telephone.

But the Democratic governor worked hard to distance himself from the imprisoned Blagojevich during the 2018 gubernatorial campaign after the Chicago Tribune released an embarrassing and lengthy FBI-wiretapped call.


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The 2008 recording caught the two criticizing African-American politicians and calling Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White “the least offensive” candidate to fill the Senate seat vacated by then President-elect Barack Obama. Pritzker was also caught on recordings saying that he was “really not that interested” in the Senate seat himself but wanted to be state treasurer.With Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White at his side, Democratic governor candidate J.B. Pritzker apologizes for portions of a newly revealed wiretapped conversation with former Gov. Rod Blagojevich in 2018. File Photo. Marcus DiPaola/Sun-Times

So what soured the friendship?

“Who knows?” Blagojevich said Friday. “He could be facing something. And so therefore, he probably wants to be careful of what he says,” Blagojevich said.

“You know it’s disappointing, and I wish he would show a little more backbone, but that’s all good. He was good to me, and I like him. I still like him. Let’s put it this way: I’ve got a lot of other people that I’m trying to work to forgive, and he’s not one of them.”

The governor’s office declined to comment on Blagojevich’s comments.

5 comments:

  1. Anonymous2/22/2020

    Maybe he broke all those toilets 💩

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  2. Anonymous2/22/2020

    The Toilet Gate investigation was flushed down the terlet. :-)

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  3. Anonymous2/22/2020

    Back in the hippie days of Richard Nixon we used to have a saying. They( us Gov't) doesn't come after you unless you piss em off.
    Do we understand now?

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  4. Anonymous2/23/2020

    Can you imagine the pounds per square inch pressure when this blimp nestles his fat ass on a commode?

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  5. Anonymous2/25/2020

    Blagojevich Just Implicated Obama…

    Here’s why I was really put in prison: all roads lead back to Obama. pic.twitter.com/YsoavmissA

    — Rod Blagojevich (@GovBlago) February 24, 2020

    https://www.citizenfreepress.com/breaking/blagojevich-just-implicated-obama/

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