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January 9th, 2009
05:28 PM ET

Governor is voted out! Blago remains defiant

Ismael Estrada
AC360° Producer

Today the Illinois state house had their say in the state capital. They voted to kick Governor Blagojevich out of office, turning it over to the state senate for their say. As the vote came down overwhelmingly to impeach… 3 hours north in Chicago people outside the Governor’s office were chanting for his resignation. Where was the Governor? He was out for a run, in 4 inches of snow.

A few hours later Governor Blagojevich showed up for his press conference. The place was stuffed with reporters all talking about what he would do or say. He walked up to the podium and re-stated that he was innocent of all charges against him. Not guilty of any criminal wrong doing. He surrounded himself with people he says he helped with his policies while in office. He says he will fight on and he'll have his day in court. Then, he recited poetry he says inspired him since he first heard Ted Kennedy do the same in 1980. Even the press scratched their heads in amazement.

Despite all the drama earlier this week, the United States Senate now may not seat Blagojevich’s appointment, Roland Burris, after all—all over the lack of a signature from the secretary of state who says he won’t sign. Perhaps they knew this all along. Could the senate have been buying their time to get a new appointment after Blagojevich was kicked out of office?

Everyday the papers and newscasts in Chicago are filled with the odd events surrounding the Illinois Governor and his nomination of Roland Burris to the United States senate. Columnists in town have written that the nation is getting a taste of Chicago politics and a spot light is getting placed on the way this city has worked for decades. Over dinner a few days ago, friends were lamenting that just a couple months ago the city was buzzing... on a high from presidential election that delivered Washington DC one of their own. Now, they say it feels like a monster hang-over that won't go away.

soundoff (10 Responses)
  1. Isabel, RJ, Brazil

    I don't know what was the vision of the people of Illinois in relation to Gov. Blagojevich and I would like you I reply about it, but here in Brazil, the impeachment was full of sad disappointments, although it has not reached the routes in fact.

    The impeachment is necessary in cases common crime, crime of responsibility, abuse of power, disregard for constitutional rules, or violation of constitutional rights, but this is a painful process and, most importantly, 'embarrassing' for a nation. If anything good is that the truth (honesty) prevail.

    January 10, 2009 at 3:00 pm |
  2. Sean Whitaker

    This is hilarious especially the one about the stubborn toilet bowl stain. Blagojevich is focused on keeping his job. Like Rocky Balboa is about boxing he won't quit.

    January 10, 2009 at 1:47 am |
  3. Kim

    What happens if he proves he's innocent on the alleged concerns ?He sure seems to be taking a stand to do so. What are the facts in this case ?

    January 9, 2009 at 11:29 pm |
  4. Troy Serigne

    what world is he livin in. He's not in the same as most americans

    January 9, 2009 at 11:22 pm |
  5. Dave Eisley

    What a disgrace. The theme of this election was to end the corruption, bring forward a feeling of togetherness, and move forward. And now, we're interrupted by this absolute fool. Blago needs to be reminded he serves at the will of the people. We want him GONE. This self-serving, narcissistic stance he is taking benefits nobody, but possibly himself in the short term as he narrowly holds onto power. But, what is he holding onto? No decision or policy he undertakes no will have any possible chance of being taken seriously. I think Blago needs to be reminded that our forefathers were pretty specific about what the American Government was supposed to be about – by the people and for the people. Bye Bye Bushie....Bye Bye Cheney....Bye Bye Rummy......Bye Bye Blago...

    January 9, 2009 at 9:54 pm |
  6. Jim M

    The Illinois Impeachment actions reflect the Illinois Constitution's limits on the governor's powers – like not undertaking legislative action. His actionas in those areas were not that much different than President Bush using his legislative sigining statement to modify the actions by Congress.

    January 9, 2009 at 8:16 pm |
  7. Bruce Hoff

    He is like that stubbord stain you get in the toilet bowl. No matter how hard you scrub he keeps making the toilet look dirty! Keep flushing Illinois....

    January 9, 2009 at 6:14 pm |
  8. Annie Kate

    Once the Illinois Senate votes to convict him that giant headache will go away and Patrick Fitzgerald will finish the process and give Blagojevich a brand new home behind bars. But, who knows? The Senate may not convict; its always a possibility. And if they don't convict what then? I wonder if the Governor has poems for either outcome for his next speech?

    Annie Kate
    Birmingham AL

    January 9, 2009 at 6:05 pm |
  9. Cindy

    This man just needs some serious mental help...I mean really! For him to think that he still has a leg to stand on and that he did nothing wrong he must be whacked out!

    Cindy...Ga.

    January 9, 2009 at 6:03 pm |
  10. Jim M

    Mr. Estrada, have you ever taken a course in state and local government? Blagojevich has not been "voted out."

    Actions taken by the Illinois House are only the first step in the process.

    Forwarding the Impeachment Resolution to the Illinois Senate is not a matter of "turning it over... for their say."

    Action by the State Senate requires a trial with the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court presiding and a convicion on the charges requires a two-thirds majority of the Senate.

    January 9, 2009 at 5:51 pm |