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December 12th, 2008
09:14 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Governor Unfit for Office?

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested this week on federal corruption charges.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested this week on federal corruption charges.

Maureen Miller
AC360° Writer

Illinois Gov. Rod  Blagojevich is facing the growing possibility he'll be stripped of his power.

The Illinois attorney general has asked the state's highest court to declare the governor unfit to serve.

"I recognize that this is an extraordinary request, but these are extraordinary circumstances," Attorney General Lisa Madigan said.

There's no word on when the court will respond to the request.

State lawmakers are also considering taking action against Blagojevich. They could consider impeachment when they meet in Springfield on Monday. They'll also consider a special election to fill Obama's Senate seat.

Meanwhile, a  source says President-elect Barack Obama's chief of staff Rahm Emanual is not a target for investigators in the scandal.

Rahm has refused to answer questions about whether he's the "adviser" mentioned in the criminal complaint that accuses Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich of selling Obama's now vacant U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder. Though, it's important to note the complaint does not say that Blagojevich ever talked with the unidentified Obama adviser about the seat.

Still, some people have wondered if Emanual was "that guy."

And, Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who was identified as "Senate Candidate 5" in the criminal complaint, is still wrapped up in the scandal.

"I'm fighting now for my character, and I'm also fighting for my life," he said. "This is about my children being able to Google their name in five years and there be nothing there associated with them that suggests anything
wrong," Jackson added.

Candidate 5 is the only one whom Blagojevich said engaged in discussion through an emissary about possibly raising money for the governor in exchange for the Senate position.

There are so many twists and turns in this scandal. And just tonight, CNN caught up with the governor when he was leaving his lawyer's office. We'll play that exclusive tape for you.

What do you think he will do?  Stay put, resign or be forced out of office by the state Supreme Court or state lawmakers?

We'll have the latest developments in the case and tonight's other headlines starting at 10 p.m. ET.
Hope you can join us.


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soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Robert

    We who live in Springfield (which is the state capitol no matter what Chicago thinks) have known for years that Blago doesn't play with a full deck. He has snubbed our city on a regular basis since he first refused to live in the Governor's mansion. Because of this, he has wasted an enormous amount of state money flying back and forth from Chicago when the legislature is in session. He has moved state jobs away from Springfield and is trying to move more, which hurts our economy. His ego will never let him do the rational thing and resign so the legislature is going to have to spend a lot of time and money to impeach him. Compared to him, George Ryan was a boy scout.

    December 12, 2008 at 10:13 pm |
  2. J

    I think that Blagojevich is unfit for power. He is corrupt and hypocritical. However, as bad as he is, don't we have more to worry about? we are suffering from a Recession. The last thing on my mind is someone trying to sell a seat in Congress.

    December 12, 2008 at 9:49 pm |
  3. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    he should be stripped of his powers. he is on tape doing this, its not like there is no reason for him to be removed from office. i understand the innocent until proven guilty issue, however, its his own voice. its pretty evident he did it.

    December 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm |
  4. Annie Kate

    If the governor had any good sense he would resign. But his actions have shown that he doesn't have good sense so I think he will have to be forced out of office, kicking and screaming profanities the whole way. I don't think he will even think of what is better for the citizens of Illinois – if he had done that he wouldn't have done the things he did and be in this mess. If it were me what would I do? I would resign, but let me hasten to add that I wouldn't have done what he's done to begin with.

    Annie Kate
    Alabama

    December 12, 2008 at 9:35 pm |