Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich has been indicted on 19 counts, 16 of them felonies. The charges include multiple counts of extortion. Demanding payments in return for official acts or favors is extortion. Blago was indicted for trying to sell President Obama’s Senate seat among other matters.
The corrupt Governor with his little boy haircut is Governor no more. Rod Blagojevich is now a private citizen following a unanimous vote for impeachment in the Illinois Senate. Some Senators seemed ambivalent which way to vote until it became clear most were voting for impeachment. The undecideds then piled on. In the end the tally was 59-0 and then they voted again, again 59-0 to bar Blago from ever again holding public office in the state.
Blago now faces serious criminal charges without a source of income. His high powered lawyer has fired him for refusing to listen to legal counsel and the prosecutor is none other than the esteemed, pit bull Patrick Fitzgerald. It isn’t good to be Rod Blagojevich today.
Rod Blagojevich asked this question at his impeachment trial today.
The answer: Just watch.
The man has refused to mount any defense for his conduct prior to deigning to make a speech today. Instead of complying with the rules he’s mounted a media offensive and used his mouth to make things worse.
He doesn’t seem to understand that this isn’t a criminal trial and he isn’t Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahatma Ghandi or Nelson Mandela. They weren’t corrupt egomaniacs.
Just watch Rod, just watch.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich showed yesterday why he is going to be impeached. The man has lost touch with reality. The state Senate established clear rules for the proceeding which he then completely ignored. Now, at the last minute he wants to establish his own rules. This isn’t the way legal proceedings procede. In order to be fair, allow witnesses time to be subpoenaed, travel, make accomodations or fight phony subpoenas time restraints are established. Fair trials depend on fair rules and everyone following the rules.
Rod Blagojevich’s problems are all the result of his not wanting to follow rules. Rules, laws, ethics, morals, none of them apply to Rod Blagojevich in his own warped mind. His conduct yesterday trying to blame his adversaries for his refusal to play by the rules was a pathetic show of selfishness. Now even his lawyer has given up and quit. Gerson announced he can no longer represent Blagojevich because the Governor refuses to listen to advice.
Rod Blagojevich thinks he knows it all. He’s in for a rude awakening.