My neighbor, Governor Blagojevich

I live just down the street from Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich. In fact, his security detail (an extremely nice and very professional crew of State Troopers) is stationed just across the hall from us.

Now, I wish I could say I was surprised by this morning’s announcement that Blagojevich has been arrested and charged with corruption. But I’m not. What does surprise me is that he seemed to be entirely unaware that he was under investigation, or that his phone might be tapped. I thought everyone knew that.

As a neighbor, Rod has been largely non-existent, despite the fact that he’s continued to live at home here in Chicago, rather than at the Governor’s Mansion that we provide in Springfield. The main impact, really, is that we’re forced to watch him running every once in a while. I’m not a great runner, myself, but he may have the worst form of anyone I’ve seen.

Right now, the street is lined with TV news trucks and cameras, all hoping for a glimpse of… well, I’m not sure, really. When we walked the dog a couple hours ago, a reporter looked up from her Blackberry and asked if we’d seen anything this morning. Alas, I’m not an early riser. It would have been interesting to see the Governor in handcuffs.

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