From the Chicago Tribune:
Patti Blagojevich, indicted governor Rod Blagojevich’s wife, could be seen as a modern-day Lady Macbeth who plotted against her husband’s perceived enemies and backed his corrupt schemes emerged in court documents connected to the governor’s arrest Tuesday.
Her alleged ambitions and brashness are outlined in a 76-page federal criminal complaint: She helped her husband hatch a plan to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat. She angled to trade her husband’s power for lucrative spots on corporate boards. And she unleashed an obscenity-filled tirade suggesting Tribune Co. ownership should “just fire” Chicago Tribune editorial writers if the company wanted the state to help it unload Wrigley Field to ease its crushing debt.
“Hold up that [expletive] Cubs [expletive],” she is quoted as saying in the background as her husband talked on the phone, authorities alleged. “[Expletive] them.”
Patricia Blagojevich, 43, has not been charged with wrongdoing.
The affidavit also alleges she participated in a two-hour conference call last month in which she, Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his aides discussed selling Obama’s seat in exchange for her placement on paid corporate boards.
The first lady, who did not attend her husband’s bail hearing Tuesday, is no stranger to rough-and-tumble politics. She grew up the oldest daughter of longtime ward boss Ald. Richard Mell (33rd), bearing witness to the ways of the Chicago Machine since grade school.
Patricia Blagojevich famously feuded with her father after Mell accused the governor of pay-to-play politics in 2005, though they briefly reconciled after her mother’s death two years ago.
The first lady’s once-lucrative real estate career suffered after her most famous client, Antoin “Tony” Rezko, was convicted on political corruption charges. A Tribune investigation revealed she earned more than $700,000 in commissions on other deals after her husband began raising money in 2000 for his first gubernatorial campaign.
Of those commissions, the Tribune found more than three-quarters came from clients with connections.
In September, she began working as a full-time fundraiser for the Chicago Christian Industrial League—a job she obtained after a longtime political ally of the governor talked to the director of the non-profit homeless agency.