Governor Rod Blagojevich called a news conference in Illinois today after he was impeached by the State House of Representatives.
He gave an off the cuff monologue that seemed detached from the reality and the facts of his impeachment and federal corruption charges.
“I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing,” he said.
But it took him four or five pages full of words and five full minutes to say this…..
“The House action today was not a surprise. It was a foregone conclusion,” Blagojevich said at a news conference in Chicago. “From the very moment of my re-election, I’ve been engaged in a struggle with the House to try to get things done for people.
“The House’s action today, and the causes of the impeachment, are because I’ve done things to fight for families who are with me here today,” he added.
The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach Mr Blagojevich, although only 60 votes were needed for the motion to pass.
“It’s our duty to clean up the mess and stop the freak show that’s become Illinois government,” said Jack D Franks, a Democratic representative.
Illinois’s State Senate will now try Mr Blagojevich. If found guilty, the governor will be forced out of office.
I’m no psychiatrist but Blagojevich looked and acted like a crazy man today — which shouldn’t help his friend Roland Burris who he appointed to the U.S. Senate….
Blago ended the news conference by quoting a poem from “Ulysses” by Lord Alfred Tennyson, ending with: “To strive, to seek, to find, and not to yield.”
Ilinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says his impeachment was politically driven.
Illinois’ highest court on Friday validated the appointment of Roland Burris to fill Barack Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat, ruling that the Illinois secretary of state does not have to sign off on it.
Read the CNN Report:
Roland Burris’s appointment to the U.S. Senate is valid, the Illinois Supreme Court says.