Monday, July 3, 2006
The lost IG report
One of the mysteries that I assume will be unraveled in the next couple months is why "Z" Scott (above) resigned as Rod Blagojevich's Inspector General just as several state and federal corruption investigations were heating up.
She served as IG from April 2003 to May 2005.
The most likely scenarios, in my opinion, are that she left because she didn't want to wear the jacket for the rampant corruption she found and got out, or that she has become a witness for U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald.
Z. Scott's name was all over the news this weekend after the Chicago Tribune exclusively reported on a scathing Sept. 9, 2004 report she authored that said Blagojevich's hiring department had "utter contempt" for following state hiring laws.
Another mystery is the Sept. 9 date. The Tribune back in November 2005 reported on another IG report released that day that disclosed the Blagojevich administration was skirting veteran's preferences laws to aid politically connected hires.
When confronted with the report back then, the Blagojevich administration claimed it never received that Nov. 9 report. So they received one IG report dated Sept. 9 and not the other? Hmmmmm.