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January 29, 2009

Blago is out!

Filed under: News,Politics — noirwomannews @ 11:58 pm

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is out following an impeachment trail today where he is on the way to cleaning out his office as his peers voted him out with a needed 2/3 vote.

Blagojevich made his rounds on every talk show last week allowing him air time to present his story to the people. Although he knew his job was on the line and this blemish would ultimately become part of his resume, he claimed he was being treated unfairly by his colleagues.

While his peers prepared to have him removed from office last week seeking to get a vote of 40 to deliver a two thirds vote needed to oust Blagojevich for good and allow his Lt. Gov. to be sworn in replacing the man accused of attempting to sell Barack Obama’s senate seat to the highest bidder.

The Gov. Said he was not being allowed the opportunity to present witnesses that would prove he was innocent. When asked directly if he tried to sell the senate seat he said no. Also, adding that the rest of the tape if heard would prove his innocence.

Not only was the secret five in the running for the hottest senate seat in town, according to Blago he even had his eye on NBC news anchor Cheryl Burton and the media diva Oprah Winfrey as replacements. Oprah said she could do the job but would have had to turn the governor down due to her other many jobs probably getting in the way.

Everyone who thought they had the Gov. Blagojevich situation all figured out got a curve ball when he appointed former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to the Illinois Senate seat once held by President Elect Barack Obama.

One thing Governor Blagojevich has is nerve; he defied all opposition from state leaders and lawmakers in his appointment of Burris to a seat of controversy due to an alleged pay to play scheme where the governor was said to be asking for money and favors in exchange to appointment to the seat.

The allegations of the pay to play scandal named several persons speaking to the governor about a possible appointment to the Illinois Senate seat. The appointment of Roland Burris shows the Governors keen knowledge on how politics work and he is a master of the game. He selected a candidate of good standing and unquestionable ethics in leadership, a former Illinois Attorney general; this makes it difficult for his opposition to challenge, although they had already laid the groundwork saying any appointment made by the Governor would not be accepted.

The problem with this is that the Governor did not select any candidate mentioned or related to the pay to play issues alleged. Instead he went to someone previously not even considered, and that person happens to be very qualified to serve in the position. Therefore he should be allowed to do so, and this should not be turned into further politics where others are more concerned about themselves getting the appointment over the fact that the governor in the end did his duty with an appointment of someone not tainted by the allegations.

Whatever the outcome is for Blagojevich has nothing at all to do with Burris, his record speaks for itself and unless he can be tied to the charges against the Governor, or has his own set of credibility issues, he should be allowed to serve.

Instead of adults, sometimes it appears that our politicians behave more like children, whining and manipulating to get their way. Blagojevich can say check mate with this appointment.

Burris was sworn in as the replacement for Obama and Blago continues his fight to hold office as his peers push to get him out.
Today he is out, the next step is his lega woes.


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