Blago's other defense: Class and geographical warfare

This is rich. Sam Adam Jr., Rod Blagojevich's defense attorney, is playing the rich vs.


Lon Monk

poor class card to discredit a main witness against the indicted former governor, Alonzo "Lon" Monk. Blago's former chief of staff and a college roommate who is testifying for a reduced sentence on his own corruption charges, Monk is sort of a guide to the raft of deals engineered.

Adam's attempt to discredit Monk went like this yesterday during opening statements:
Blagojevich, a steelworker's son, was awed when he visited the home of Monk's father, a wealthy celebrity doctor, "a gynecologist to the stars," and saw peacocks grazing on the front lawn, according to Adam.

"He was chasing rats off his back porch and here this guy has peacocks," Adam said

Aw, c'mon. Blago's mind melted when he encountered so many California riches? Whose word do you believe, a tanned California scion of a celebrity doctor or a steelworkers son who chased rats off his back porch? 

Monk, on the stand today, instead was dealing in facts. Said he under prosecution questioning:

Hitting a theme in the Blagojevich prosecution, Monk said money was power to Blagojevich

While looking at filings from the campaign in 2002, Monk was asked for the most important information on them. He quickly answered that it was the total.  The higher the amount in the bank, the better. 

"It showed political strength," Monk said. 

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