Blagogate: Illinois House Votes to Impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich

 

The Illinois House of Representatives have voted 114–1 to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich. The one lone Representative voting against impeachment was Chicago Democrat Milton Patterson. It is the first time in Illinois history that a governor has been impeached. Previously, a legislative panel unanimously approved, 21–0, a scathing report accusing the two-term Democrat Governor Blagojevich of a wide array of offenses, including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayer money.

The impeachment will now head to the Illinois Senate for a trial will take place scheduled for January 26, 2008. The spokesman for Rod Blagojevich said that the governor will not resign. As Hot Air says, why would he resign, he just got done rolling Harry Reid, and Fitzgerald’s indictment is still months away. A resignation would take away all of Blagojevich’s cards. This poker game is far from over.

Later Friday, Blagojevich blamed the House for stonewalling his agenda to “fight” for the people. He said his work to help the people of Illinois is “not an impeachable offense.”

The governor reiterated he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and, gesturing toward a group of Illinoisans who had suffered health problems gathered next to him said, “They hired me to fight for them and I’m going to fight for them every step of the way.”

House votes to impeach Blagojevich

The actions of the House–approving an article of impeachment maintaining Blagojevich had committed abuses of power–represents the equivalent of an indictment.

The impeachment resolution covering Blagojevich’s actions “show a public servant who has betrayed his oath of office, who has betrayed the public trust, who is not fit to govern the state of Illinois,” said Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, the Chicago Democrat who headed a special panel that recommended Blagojevich’s impeachment a day earlier.

Next week, when the Senate convenes, it will begin the process of setting up a trial of the governor in which each of the 59 state senators act as judge and jurors.

UPDATE I: Angry Illinois Lawmakers Say ‘Plague’ Has Been Lifted

Blago was out jogging when law makers gathered to impeach him.

UPDATE II: Defiant Blagojevich Shrugs Off Impeachment, Vows to Fight to the End

“From the very moment of my re-election, I’ve been engaged in a struggle with the House to get things done for the people,” Blagojevich said, citing his efforts to improve health care and cut property taxes.

“The House has stood in the way of letting that happen,” he said, contending that his impeachment is related to their ongoing dispute and the failure of lawmakers to help Illinois residents.

“The House has failed to act,” he said. “So the House’s actions and the cause of the impeachment are because I’ve done things to fight for families who are with me today.”

 



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  • Comments

    13 Responses to “Blagogate: Illinois House Votes to Impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich”

    1. rightknight on January 9th, 2009 11:04 pm

      So fortunate for this Blogojevich creep that
      he is not a Conservative. The game would
      be over in a New York Minute if he was.

    2. BlagoGate Continues | Political Byline on January 10th, 2009 3:26 am

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    3. BUN on January 10th, 2009 7:11 am

      Slap, sterilize, take away key…game over!

    4. Greg on January 10th, 2009 7:35 am

      I have not seen any proof that Blago did anything wrong.

      Today in the USA your guilty until proven innocent. If this was the UK this would all be OK!

      Hey maybe also we should apply guilt by association?

      Wasting taxpayer money? The Illinois House of Representatives is guilty of this also. :-)

    5. Scared Monkeys on January 10th, 2009 8:04 am

      With the state of affairs of politics today, it appears that Blago just got caught while the rest pretty much do the same but do a better job of hiding their corrupt deals.

    6. Richard on January 10th, 2009 10:09 am

      Where is Diogenes these days? Maybe he feels it wouldn’t be any use….

      Let me again invoke a stanza from John Gay’s “The Beggar’s Opera”:

      When you censure the age,
      Be cautious and sage,
      Lest the courtiers offended should be.

      If you mention vice or bribe,
      ‘Tis so pat to all the tribe,
      Each cries, ‘That was leveled at me!’

    7. Richard on January 10th, 2009 10:15 am

      Here’s another song from “The Beggar’s Opera,” which should be of interest because it is sung to the well-known tune of “Greensleeves.” Tyburn Tree, of course, was where criminals were hanged.

      “Since laws were made for ev’ry degree,
      To curb vice in others as well as me,
      I wonder we han’t better company
      Upon Tyburn Tree!

      But gold from law can take out the sting,
      And if rich men like us were to swing,
      ‘Twould thin the land, such numbers to string
      Upon Tyburn Tree!”

      Nothing new under the sun….

    8. Sharon Chicago on January 10th, 2009 6:47 pm

      Sharon from Chicago says “impeach this idiot”…

    9. BUN on January 11th, 2009 6:42 am

      Richard…you continue to amaze me….

    10. ANewGirl on January 11th, 2009 9:08 am

      Ditto # 3 from BUN.

    11. John Anders on January 12th, 2009 1:34 pm

      Stop the witch hunt now! Set Hot Rod Free! Some folks out there have organized the movement to Free Rod Blagojevich, including a letter writing campaign, at http://www.freerodblagojevich.com.

    12. John Anders on January 12th, 2009 1:34 pm

      Stop the witch hunt now! Set Hot Rod Free! Some folks out there have organized the movement to Free Rod Blagojevich, including a letter writing campaign, at http://www.freerodblagojevich.com

    13. Sweet_thang on January 12th, 2009 3:46 pm

      I only wish the Chicago newspaper that blew the whistle on this story prematurely could have been prevented from doing so. That action forced the prosecutor’s hand before -0-’s seat was actually sold. Imagine what charges could have been brought against multiple guilty parties if that rag weren’t running interference against the Fed prosecutor?

      Any bets that newspaper gets a fat gov’t bailout?

      I know, I know, it’s all part of the “Change we can believe in”, dammit!

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