Christopher Kelly, one of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s closest advisers, died Saturday after overdosing on over-the-counter medication. Considering the 51-year-old was scheduled to start serving an 8-year prison sentence soon and was under pressure to turn on Blagojevich, it would not be surprising to learn Kelly committed suicide.
Despite being indicted three times by federal prosecutors — and pleading guilty twice — Kelly never indicated he would testify against Blagojevich in the federal corruption case against the former governor. Kelly pleaded guilty to federal tax fraud charges in January, and just days ago, pleaded guilty to a kickback scheme to direct $8.5 million in business to his roofing company.
Meanwhile, Blagojevich continues to milk his notoriety for all it’s worth, plugging his book in New York and doing his best to lie to people with a straight face. I hope he thinks about Kelly when he lays down to sleep tonight.