Governor Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) was arrested today and is being charged with various crimes related to widespread political corruption. Blagojevich, who swept to power in part due to frustration with corruption and abuses by former Governor George Ryan (R-IL), is accused of trying to sell or trade the vacant U.S. Senate seat formerly held by President-elect Barack Obama (D) for personal gain. At this time, there is no reason to believe that Obama was aware of these events or has any connection to them whatsoever.

Blagojevich was subject of a month-long probe by law enforcement officials and was recorded on court-ordered wiretaps discussing payment for the Senate seat or even appointing himself to the seat to advance his own political career. “I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain,” he said, adding that the seat is “a valuable thing—you just don’t give it away for nothing.”

Under Federal law, states have the authority to set their own procedures for replacing a U.S. Senator who leaves office during his term. Some states call for a special election, but Illinois—like many states—permits the governor to appoint a new Senator to serve the remainder of an open seat’s term. Obama officially resigned from his seat in the Senate on Nov. 16, less than two weeks after being elected the next President of the United States. Governor Blagojevich still has the authority to appoint the next Senator from his state, but in the event of his resignation, removal from office, or incapacitation before making an appointment the lieutenant governor, Pat Quinn (D-IL), would be responsible for doing so.

Scott Bradford has been building web sites and using them to say what he thinks since 1995, which tended to get him in trouble with power-tripping assistant principals at the time. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from George Mason University, but has spent most of his career (so far) working on public- and private-sector web sites. He is not a member of any political party, and brands himself an ‘independent constitutional conservative.’ In addition to holding down a day job and blogging about challenging subjects like politics, religion, and technology, Scott is also a devout Catholic, gun-owner, bike rider, and music lover with a wife, two cats, and a dog.