The Illinois House of Representatives, just in the past hour, voted to impeach Governor Rod Blagojevich (D), 114-1. The only representative voting against impeachment was Milton Patterson (D-South Chicago). Representative Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted “present.” Typical Cook County politics, if you ask me. I commend the other 114 representatives who voted in the affirmative to impeach Governor Blagojevich. This will no go to the Senate, who will decide whether or not to remove Blagojevich from office.
Let’s get some quotes:
- House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie (D-Chicago), chair of the House panel that held the impeachment hearings, said, “Due to his conduct, the governor has failed to uphold the oath of office. He is no longer capable of defending our liberties. He should be impeached.”
- Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) characterized the situation as a “plague” on the state. He later said, “Our duty is to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that has become our government.”
- Representative John Fritchey (D-Chicago) said, “My Illinois is not the Illinois of George Ryan and Rod Blagojevich. Our Illinois is the Illinois of Abraham Lincoln and Paul Simon and Barack Obama.”
This vote comes after the House investigation committee voted on Thursday, 21-0 to proceed with impeachment for Blagojevich’s abuse of power. The committee issued a report, saying, “The citizens of this state must have confidence that their governor will faithfully serve the people and put their interests before his own. It is with profound regret that the committee finds that our current governor has not done so.”
Blagojevich has remained mostly silent for the day, but is expected to release a statement at 2:00 P.M. (I’m assuming that will be in Central time). Personally, I think for the sake of his dignity (or what’s left of it), and for the sake of Illinois, Blagojevich should resign. He still maintains his innocence, but I don’t see how he can avoid embarrassment if he goes through with it. I think Blagojevich will step down this afternoon (or at least announce his resignation – who knows when it’ll go into effect).
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