Long before Blagojevich’s arrest last week on federal corruption charges, he and Holder appeared together at a March 24, 2004, press conference to announce the appointment after board staff raised concerns about alleged organized crime ties of a Rosemont casino developer.Gee, why would they worry Eric Holder would rubber stamp something dubious?
Holder, now President-elect Barack Obama’s choice to become the next attorney general, did only preliminary work on the Illinois casino probe and did not get paid.
He hadn’t signed a $300,000 contract for the work before it was canceled.
Former gaming board member Jim Wagner said he and others worried Holder would rubber-stamp a casino for Rosemont. The board quashed Holder’s appointment and Blagojevich scrapped the probe on May 18, 2004.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Rubber Stamp Holder
AP picks up the Sun Times expose on Obama AG designate Eric Holder, already facing a number of questions (previous post here):