01/10/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Scandal Won't Hurt Chicago Olympic Bid

Several of the International Olympic Committee members who will choose the host city for the 2016 Summer Olympics said the impact of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's legal problems on the Chicago bid would be minimal.

"Anything like that can't help," IOC member Prince Albert of Monaco said today. "But it doesn't touch the technical aspect of the bid or the infrastructure side, just the political atmosphere around the bid, and I shouldn't think it will have too much of an impact."

Every member asked about Blagojevich was aware the governor had been arrested and charged with conspiring to sell president-elect Barack Obama's Senate seat, a story that broke a day before a meeting of the IOC executive board.

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