Two Scandals, Two Stories
The evidence to the contrary follows. Quick-readers, scan for the boldfaced party affiliation notation. Story number one:
CHICAGO (AP) - For months, Gov. Rod Blagojevich has been fending off accusations he bungled government programs and awarded jobs and contracts to contributors and cronies. But suddenly, one issue has cut through the clutter: a $1,500 gift to one of his daughters.
The check came from a lifelong Blagojevich friend, and it arrived soon after the friend's wife got a state job.
The governor has said he is unsure whether it was a birthday gift for one daughter or a christening gift for another, but he insisted it had no connection to the job. At the same time, he acknowledged asking his chief of staff to help the woman.
With just weeks to go before Election Day, the $1,500 check has gotten voters' attention in a way some of the other allegations - involving audits, contracts and bureaucratic procedure - haven't.
"People think, 'My kid never got $1,500; there must be something wrong here,'" said Cindi Canary, executive director of the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform.
Blagojevich, a Democrat running for a second term, got elected four years ago as a reformer promising to clean up state government, but his administration has been mired in controversy for doling out jobs and contracts to the politically connected.
Story number two:
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - Republican Jeanine Pirro's disclosure that she is under federal investigation for plotting to secretly tape-record her unfaithful husband has had little effect on the New York attorney general's race, a poll released Thursday found.
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