"I've got this thing. And it's fuckin' golden. I'm just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing. I'm not going to do it. I can always use it. I can parachute me there."
-Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.
Illinois state lawmakers have voted 114 to 1 to impeach disgraced Governor Rod Blagojevich. Representative Milton Patterson, a Democrat representing the South Side of Chicago was the only "nay." Mr. Patterson said he "read" the report on the wiretaps and was uncomfortable voting for impeachment. I guess he skipped over the actual parts where the Governor talks about the Senate seat as though it were a personal possession of his own.
Despite all the coverage, and painting of Illinois as the most corrupt place on earth (Do a Yahoo Search on Louisiana+corruption) it's the first time in Illinois' history they've had to actually hold a vote on impeaching a Governor... -because they haven't needed to before.
In the past, Governors had the sense to step down when caught so clearly red handed.
Governor Rod Blagojevich's actual trial is scheduled to begin on January 26, 2008, and it was his intention to simply ride this all out somehow, his position as Governor being the only bargaining chip/leverage he could use... but this is ridiculous.
Governor Rod Blagojevich said his work to help the people of Illinois is "not an impeachable offense.'' But the intent to sell or trade a Senate is.
Barbara Currie, chair of the House panel that held the impeachment vote, said the Governor of Illinois: "is no longer capable of defending our liberties. He should be impeached."
Seriously. Step down, immediately Governor. No one wants to go through the absurd pageant of having state troopers physically evict you from your office.
...Well, maybe you do Mr Blagojevich.