Who Are Senate Candidates 1-5?


The criminal complaint filed against Gov. Rod Blagojevich and his chief of staff John Harris names five considered Senate candidates. Most of the mentions of the potential candidates indicates that they were only mentioned in discussions with Blagojevich and Harris and that they were likely unaware of the pay-to-play negotiations going on. Except, maybe, for Senate Candidate 5:

Just last week, on December 4, Blagojevich allegedly told an advisor that he might “get some (money) up front, maybe” from Senate Candidate 5, if he named Senate Candidate 5 to the Senate seat, to insure that Senate Candidate 5 kept a promise about raising money for Blagojevich if he ran for re-election. In a recorded conversation on October 31, Blagojevich claimed he was approached by an associate of Senate Candidate 5 as follows: “We were approached ‘pay to play.’ That, you know, he’d raise 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a Senator.”

So, who are these Senate Candidates:

Senate Candidate 1: Obama-Biden Transition Adviser Valerie Jarrett

Senate Candidate 2: Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan

Senate Candidate 3: UNKNOWN

Senate Candidate 4: Deputy Gov. Louanner Peters

Senate Candidate 5: UNKNOWN. Possibly, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr.

UPDATE: Totally missed Senate Candidate 6: A rich person in Illinois