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Think Blagojevich is the worst? Maybe not
Shameless: Blagojevich isnt necessarily the slimiest of American politicians. Here are others:
Tom DeLay: Ex-GOP Texas congressman and House majority leader indicted on charges for conspiracy to violate election laws, including phone jamming and accepting lobbyists gifts, and money laundering in 2005.
Duke Cunningham: GOP Californian congressman quit in 2005 after pleading guilty to taking $2.4 million in bribes and charges including tax evasion and mail and wire fraud.Edwin Edwards: Democratic Louisiana governor was convicted in 2001 of racketeering, extortion and money laundering. Said: I will be a model prisoner as I have been a model citizen.
Richard Nixon: GOP president resigned in 1974 amid Watergate scandal, which involved taking illicit campaign contributions and wiretapping opponents. Said: Im not a crook. Ive earned everything Ive got.
Boss Tweed: Democratic N.Y. congressman and senator convicted in 1873 of embezzling as much as $200 million in public funds by skimming money off city contracts. Led the legendarily corrupt Tammany Hall political machine.