FBI Circled Around Blago's Wife for a Year

She dropped real estate work amid questions about clients paying for influence
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Dec 14, 2008 7:28 AM CST
Gov. Rod Blagojevich dances with his wife, Patti, during the Inaugural Ball in Springfield, Ill., last year.    (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)
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(Newser) – She's known for ranting on an FBI tape—but that wasn’t the first time Patricia Blagojevich’s name has surfaced in the corruption probe of her governor husband, the Chicago Tribune reports. A federal investigation that began a year ago prompted Mrs. Blago to quit real estate work amid questions over whether clients hired her to win pull with hubby Rod Blagojevich.

Now, Patti is accused of aiding her husband in attempting to sell Barack Obama’s vacated Senate seat. She discussed on wiretap tapes getting herself a corporate board seat via the pay-to-play scandal, and pushed her husband to get Tribune editorial writers sacked as part of a deal to sell Tribune-owned Wrigley Field, according to law enforcement authorities. But it’s not yet known whether the tapes will earn her a co-conspirator label in the mess.