Former Gov. Jim Edgar, holding the distinction being of one of the three governors not arrested for corruption in the last forty years, made this point:
Edgar said Blagojevich’s arrest probably hurt George Ryan’s chances of winning a pardon.
“It’s probably less likely today,” he said. “I personally believe that Gov. Ryan has paid a pretty good price. His reputation has been ruined,” and he’s essentially broke. He said Ryan’s crime “pales in comparison” to what Blagojevich has been charged with.
I say, Ditto.