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IL Gov. Blagojevich Impeachment Thread  
User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1358 times:

Well, I haven't seen much mention of Rowdy Rod on A.net since the thread on his arrest back in December. Well, the Illinois state senate is voting now on his fate.

Since the arrest, Rod thumbed his nose at his legal troubles, appointing Roland Burris despite statements by the US Senate that he wouldn't be seated (The Senate caved unfortunately), and shrugged off the state Senate trial to go on a media tour proclaiming his innocence and likening himself to a cowboy being unfairly persecuted. Whether it's audacity or that he's just plain oblivious is uncertain. His attorney quit on him when he went public, perhaps rightfully worried that his client was only going to hang himself. Rod, in all his interviews, dodged direct questions about whether he tried to sell Obama's senate seat, shook down a children's hospital, commited hiring fraud, or tried to get the Chicago Tribune editorial staff fired. Then, Rod changed his mind and decided to make a statement today, refusing to testify (which would require him to take an oath), and claiming he did nothing wrong.

And now, the state senate votes, each senator giving a five minute statement.

Tomorrow, I expect a resume to read, "Patrick Quinn - 2009-Present Governor of Illinois."

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User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1353 times:

Live coverage at the Illinois State Senate:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/?vp=22887506?

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User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1346 times:

The votes have been tallied. Rod Blagojevich is no longer Governor of Illinois.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28894427/

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The Illinois Senate voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office on Thursday after an FBI investigation revealed he tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

...



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[Edited 2009-01-29 14:53:04]

User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 3, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1340 times:

Well, I'd have to say I'm glad

Blackbird


User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 4, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1336 times:



Quoting Boeing4ever (Thread starter):
Rod, in all his interviews, dodged direct questions about whether he tried to sell Obama's senate seat, shook down a children's hospital, commited hiring fraud, or tried to get the Chicago Tribune editorial staff fired. Then, Rod changed his mind and decided to make a statement today, refusing to testify (which would require him to take an oath), and claiming he did nothing wrong.

This is weird. If he claims that he did nothing wrong, then why didn't he have the balls to testify under oath?

I'd expect someone, who has a clean conscience and has done nothing wrong, to prove his innocence. But with his actions, the ex-governor of Illinois did not do himself a favour and showed that he id a coward and that he is trying to hide something that proves his guilt.


User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1326 times:



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
This is weird. If he claims that he did nothing wrong, then why didn't he have the balls to testify under oath?

So much for the testicular virility he claimed he had to withstand anything that could be thrown at him in relations to the decisions he's made as Governor. Big grin

Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
I'd expect someone, who has a clean conscience and has done nothing wrong, to prove his innocence. But with his actions, the ex-governor of Illinois did not do himself a favour and showed that he id a coward and that he is trying to hide something that proves his guilt.

 checkmark 

In the end, the state senate wasn't convinced by his speech. A 59-0 vote to remove him proves it.

Pat Quinn is now the Governor of Illinois.

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User currently offlineBlackbird From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1320 times:

LTU932,

I don't think Blagojevich has a conscience. I think Blagojevich is a sociopath.


Blackbird

[Edited 2009-01-29 15:38:32]

User currently offlineCsturdiv From Australia, joined Aug 2005, 1491 posts, RR: 3
Reply 7, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 1306 times:



Quoting Boeing4ever (Thread starter):
proclaiming his innocence and likening himself to a cowboy being unfairly persecuted

He even went further than that. He spent an hour or so on WLS 890AM on Monday morning with the Don & Roma show and he said his arrest was somewhat similar to the attack on Pearl Harbor!

http://blogs.usatoday.com/ondeadline/2009/01/ap-blagojevich.html

I listened to that interview when they replayed it later at night (in the AM I have to listen to ESPN and Mike & Mike : Smile and for a second there I kind of felt sorry for him, but then a sense of reality came over me.



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User currently offlineN6238P From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 508 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1286 times:

I listened to his closing statement today. If I recall correctly there were about 20 minutes of his speech that had nothing to do with anything relevant and in the end it sounded like St. Blago tried playing the "everyone else is doing it so why cant I?" card. I wonder how long his name is going to stay on the tollway signs.

Bye Bye Blagojevich



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User currently offlineLTBEWR From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 13138 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1269 times:

Good riddence!
While I am quite sure many deals have been done in the appointment of US Senators, congressmembers and other positions by State Governors, Blago went way too far. He was replacing what was the only Black member of the Senate, a Democratic, from a major state at a critical time in the USA's history and thought he could get a big benefit from the appointment, went for too much and got caught on tape. Along with his general malfeasance of office, his inability to deal with even his Lt. Governor (who is replacing him) and many other key persons even in his own party and obnoxious personality, he got what he deserved. I hope the Lt. Gov. has no problems in his history. Illinois has now had 2 crooks, one a Democrat and one Republican, in a row as Governors. Maybe they need a downstate Independent, maybe a woman, someone with a clean record, perhaps never in politics before.


User currently offlineWESTERN737800 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 693 posts, RR: 2
Reply 10, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 1258 times:



Quoting Blackbird (Reply 3):
Well, I'd have to say I'm glad



Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4):
This is weird. If he claims that he did nothing wrong, then why didn't he have the balls to testify under oath?

I'd expect someone, who has a clean conscience and has done nothing wrong, to prove his innocence. But with his actions, the ex-governor of Illinois did not do himself a favour and showed that he id a coward and that he is trying to hide something that proves his guilt.



Quoting Boeing4ever (Reply 5):
So much for the testicular virility he claimed he had to withstand anything that could be thrown at him in relations to the decisions he's made as Governor.



Quoting Blackbird (Reply 6):
I don't think Blagojevich has a conscience. I think Blagojevich is a sociopath.

[quote=LTBEWR,reply=9]Good riddence!
Well put folks. I dont follow politics as close as I should. He must have ticked off everyone around him. Its nice to know that people like that can get what they deserve. Serves him right!



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 11, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1225 times:

Glad that he's gone - but that is just the first step. The Governors office of Illinois appears to be under a lot of interest by the FBI, as the office is constantly doing some suspicious activities. Hope the next Gov. will clean up his act.

User currently offlineMir From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 21677 posts, RR: 55
Reply 12, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1208 times:



Quoting Boeing4ever (Thread starter):
likening himself to a cowboy being unfairly persecuted.

He went farther than that - comparing himself to MLK and Ghandi. Certifiable nutcase.  Yeah sure

Good riddance to a national embarrasment.

-Mir



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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 13, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

I suppose the 59-0 vote to impeach him shows how fed up people are with him. Glad he's history.

User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1200 times:



Quoting Mir (Reply 12):
He went farther than that - comparing himself to MLK and Ghandi. Certifiable nutcase.

Oh, it gets much worse. Outside his home, after the ouster, he compared himself and his wife (fired from her job this week) to millions of American families who have suffered from layoffs.

Uh, Rod, you weren't laid off. You got shitcanned. Don't you dare insult struggling families like that!

Quoting Elite (Reply 13):
I suppose the 59-0 vote to impeach him shows how fed up people are with him. Glad he's history.

Illinois is the only state in the Union that, before today, going by approval ratings within the state, George W. Bush could defeat the incumbant Governor in an election if the vote were held just this past month and residency requirements were waived.

To achieve a lower approval rating than Dubya...that's talent!

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User currently offlinePSA727 From United States of America, joined Feb 2006, 974 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

I really don't think he is more, or less, corrupt than most of the state senators who impeached him. btw, did any of those IL state senators vote present????


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User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9040 posts, RR: 10
Reply 16, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

He was elected twice. I guess you can fool some of the voters some of the time, but you cannot fool the legislature after the tapes are made public.  Smile


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User currently offlineBoeing4ever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 17, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1197 times:



Quoting PSA727 (Reply 15):
I really don't think he is more, or less, corrupt than most of the state senators who impeached him. btw, did any of those IL state senators vote present????

Nope. 59 Yes to impeach, 0 No, 0 Present, 0 Non-voting. But it's true, a lot of those state senators are likely no better.

Who wants to start a pool estimating when Pat Quinn will get indicted...?

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User currently offlineElite From Hong Kong, joined Jun 2006, 2872 posts, RR: 10
Reply 18, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1193 times:



Quoting WarRI1 (Reply 16):
but you cannot fool the legislature after the tapes are made public.

And how about you can't really fool the FBI, either  Wink


User currently offlineWarRI1 From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 9040 posts, RR: 10
Reply 19, posted (5 years 8 months 3 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 1184 times:



Quoting Elite (Reply 18):
And how about you can't really fool the FBI, either

No doubt about it, this is all thanks to the FBI. Certainly not the legislature.



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