Archive for the ‘Illinois’ Category

Blogoyevich Erased From Illinois Psyche; Refuses Suicide

January 30, 2009

Rod Blogoyevich took his last ride in the aircraft designated for the Governor of Illinois yesterday.  Just before he was removed as governor, the phone rang and he said, “I’ll tell you what. I’m not jumping out. Not for those people, no way. I don’t like heights.”

So ended one of the wild chaperts in Illinois and Chicago politics.

Today, at the state house in Illinois, Blago is just a bad memory.

A worker replaces ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's picture with that of Pat Quinn.

A worker replaces ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s picture with that of Pat Quinn.

Maybe Blago is dead meat as a politician and maybe he is just starting as an “American Idol” or celebrity.

He said to the media, “You’ll keep covering me if I have anything to say, won’t you?”

See the CNN report:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS
/01/30/blagojevich.gone/index.html

Related:
Blagojevich: Wacko, Pathological, Grandiose and Narcissistic: But Criminal?

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Blago in “Victim TV Tour” Quotes MLK; But Transcript Quotes May Land Him in Jail

January 27, 2009

“You know, during times like this there’s a saying Dr. (Martin Luther) King had. ‘In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies but the silence of our friends.’ It’s a very lonely period. When things like this happen, people tend to be afraid to talk to you,” Governor Rod Blagojevich said today on The Early Show on CBS.

“I have two little girls and they are hearing a lot of bad things about their Dad,” Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich said this morning on the CBS morning show with Harry Smith.

I thought I could hear a judge shout, “Irrelevant. Overruled.”

This is day two of the “Blago Is The Victim” tour on TV.

On the Early Show on CBS this Tuesday the Illinois Governor said, “If present trends continue, I’ll be out of work in the not-too-distant future. I’m not delusional in terms of what my likelihood of success is to convince those senators to give me a fair trial.”

” … It’s more important than me. It’s about the people who twice elected me. You can’t throw a governor out without giving that governor a chance to show he did nothing wrong. That’s what they’re doing. It’s a dangerous precedent.

“But if you’re asking me do I see myself like a modern-day Frank Capra movie, and I’m the Jimmy Stewart or Gary Cooper character, a guy idealistically trying to do what’s right for people, fighting a system, and then be pushed back? Yeah, I see myself that way.”

Yesterday the Illinois Governor compared himself to Martin L. King, Nelson Mandela, and Mahatma Gandhi.

Today Blago also quoted Martin Luther King, Jr. in his apparent effort to be more black and more sypathetic and more a victim.

Don’t expect Roland Burris, Oprah or Barack Obama to rush to his defense…..

Video:
http://vodpod.com/watch/1311348-blagojevich-
compares-himself-to-mlk-mandela-and-ghandi

http://www.cnn.com/video/#/video/politics
/2009/01/26/moos.blagojevich.blah.cnn

Related:
Governors Gone Wild: Paterson Cancels Swiss Ski Trip, Blago On TV, Arnold Stands Tall

From CBS:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/200
9/01/27/earlyshow/main4755190.shtml

From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/0
1/26/blagojevich.tv/index.html

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By ANDREA ZELINSKI, Associated Press Writer

A day after Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s loudly proclaimed his innocence during a media blitz, the governor’s more private words are to take center stage at his impeachment trial.

The state Senate was expected Tuesday to hear secretly made wiretaps of Blagojevich allegedly discussing how he could benefit from his appointment power.

Blagojevich never denied the remarks federal prosecutors attribute to him, but insists they were taken out of context and he did nothing illegal.

The impeachment trial — the first for a U.S. governor in more than 20 years — opened Monday with House-appointed prosecutor David Ellis telling senators he will show that Blagojevich “repeatedly and utterly abused the powers and privileges of his office.”

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090127/a
p_on_re_us/illinois_governor_impeachment

Governors Gone Wild: Paterson Cancels Swiss Ski Trip, Blago On TV, Arnold Stands Tall

January 27, 2009

Just think for a moment about the three U.S. Governors most seen in the nationl media.

Governor Paterson of New York just passed up an opportunity to appoint Caroline Kennedy to the U.S. Senate, choosing instead a relative unknown House member supported by the NRA, Kirsten E. Gillibrand.

Paterson also just cancelled a trip funded by the taxpayers to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“Perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time,” Paterson said.  Or maybe never….

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich is all over TV, apparently fighting to keep his hair from getting mussed in prison.  His impeachment trial opened monday in Illinois but that is just an opening: there is sure to be a criminal trial.

Blago also caused his Demoicratic Party some heartburn during his dramatic naming of a former Illinois notable to fill the vacant Senate seat of barack Obama.

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AP

In California, Arnold stands tall like a Redwood.

Governor Schwarzenegger has warned that the Golden State is on the brink of insolvency; yet he seems to be working like a dog and in a bipartisan way to make things better….

Related:
 Oprah, Britney, China, ‘If U Seek Amy’ and What Next Rod Blagojevich?

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From Reuters:
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“The prophets of doom and gloom are just not looking at the reality of California,” said Jerry Nickelsburg, senior economist at the UCLA Anderson Forecast.

“The government has created kind of a mess and that’s a problem to be solved, but the negatives are actually fairly small. I think you can expect a lot of good out of California,” he said.

The typically upbeat Schwarzenegger made international headlines this month when, instead of delivering his usual cheery “state of the state” speech, he issued a short, bleak message about California’s roughly $1.5 trillion economy.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/nm/20090
126/us_nm/us_california_crisis_1

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BY KENNETH LOVETT IN ALBANY AND GLENN BLAIN IN HYDE PARK
NY  DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS

A beleaguered Gov. Paterson pulled out of his Switzerland trip Monday as a new poll showed his once-huge lead over Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has virtually disappeared.

Paterson was planning to leave Thursday to attend and speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, but said he decided to stay to concentrate on the state budget.

“Because of the deficit reduction and the desire to get it moving as soon as possible … perhaps it would be a better idea to go at another time … and stay right here with the leaders of the Legislature and work on the budget,” Paterson told reporters in Hyde Park, Dutchess County.

Some critics felt he should forgo the taxpayer-funded trip and stay in New York to deal with the $15.8 billion budget deficit.

Read the rest:
http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/200
9/01/26/2009-01-26_governor_paterson_
cancels_trip_to_davos_.html

Blagojevich’s TV Defense: “Don’t Touch The Hair”

January 27, 2009

Governor Rod Blagojevich took his defense to the TV air yesterday while his impeachment trial opened in Illinois.

He appaeared on sevaral morning TV shows plus “The View” where refused help with his famous coif.

Blago’s lawyer quit last week, his impeachment trial began in Illinois and his PR manager moved him from network to network yesterday in an effort to gain public support.

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(CBS/AP) By the time the Rod Blagojevich’s impeachment trial opened in Springfield the Illinois governor was already well into his efforts to upstage it with a series of high profile TV appearances, reports CBS News correspondent Cynthia Bowers.

Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are biased against him.

He’s insists his innocent and he refuses to resign. When asked about those profanity laced FBI wiretaps in which Blagojevich allegedly is heard trying to sell, among other things, President Obama’s senate seat, he says the full story hasn’t come out yet, Bowers reports.

“The fix is in,” Blagojevich said. “And soon, I will join the unfortunate legion of others who are losing their jobs in our country.”

Read the rest:
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/01/26
/politics/main4753935.shtml?tag=topHome
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MSNBC

Should this come as a surprise? Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s carefully coiffed hair  went untouched by “The View” staff before he took to the stage for his live appearance Jan. 26.

“No, he did not use ‘View’ hair and makeup,” a source close to Blago’s appearance confirmed.

In this image released by ABC, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ... 
In this image released by ABC, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks during an interview with Barbara Walters Monday, Jan. 26, 2009 on ‘The View.’ The Illinois Senate has convened a historic impeachment trial Monday that will determine whether Gov. Rod Blagojevich is removed from office. Blagojevich is refusing to take part in the trial. He says its rules are so biased that he can’t present a defense.(AP Photo/ABC, Heidi Gutman)

In fact, the only person to get near Blago’s bangs was Joy Behar, who gave his famous moptop a tousling — one that came as a total surprise to Blagojevich and ‘View’ staffers.

Read the rest:
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28861801/

Blago considered Oprah Winfrey for Senate

January 26, 2009

Seems like Governor Blagojevish of Illinois is in the media manipulation business for himself….Now he hired a PR firm and his lawyer quit….Blago is making the rounds of TV shows and will be on “The View” today….

See Blago with Diane Sawyer this morning on “Good Morning America”
http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/US/story
?id=6730220&page=1

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Associated Press

Gov. Rod Blagojevich, taking his defense to television rather than his impeachment trial, lashed out at his accusers Monday and revealed he had considered naming Oprah Winfrey to the U.S. Senate.

The embattled governor told ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the idea of nominating the talk show host came to him as he explored potential candidates for the job that federal prosecutors allege he tried to sell to the highest bidder.

“She seemed to be someone who would help Barack Obama in a significant way become president,” he said. “She was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators.”

The governor worried, though, that the appointment of Winfrey might come across as a gimmick and that the talk show host was unlikely to accept.

In the end, Blagojevich appointed former Illinois attorney general Roland Burris to the vacant seat.

Related:
 Oprah, Worth $1.5 Billion or More, Fails To Do Her Work

CNN:
http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/200
9/01/26/blagojevich-says-he-considere
d-oprah-for-senate/

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090126/a
p_on_re_us/illinois_governor_impeachment

Should Illinois and New York Voters Be Pleased With Their Governor’s Appointments to the U.S. Senate?

January 24, 2009

Spare us the circus.  States should elect their U.S. Senators….

Two Governors recently made single-man selections of United States Senators — a practice voters should no longer tolerate.

Governors have the power to appoint “interim” Senators in cases such as when a seated and elected Senator’s dies.  But in each of these cases, there seems to have been ample time and reason to hold special elections to allow the people to decide who they wanted representing them in the United States Senate….

Related:
Burris Caper Highlights Bad Thinking of Congressional Democrats, Harry Reid

 Rethink Practice of Governors Filling Vacant U.S. Senate Seats

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By BETH FOUHY, Associated Press Writer

The departure of four Democratic senators this year has cast a new — and at times, unflattering — light on governors and their power to fill Senate vacancies.

While governors must call a special election to replace members of the House who resign or die before their term is up, 38 states allow governors the sole power to appoint an interim senator, according to the National Council of State Legislatures.

Just nine states require a special election to fill a Senate vacancy. In three other states — Hawaii, Utah and Wyoming — governors must select a candidate from a list of prospective appointees submitted by representatives of the departing incumbent’s political party.

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference ... 
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich makes a statement at a news conference Friday, Jan. 23, 2009 in Chicago, as the Illinois Senate prepares for a trial that could remove him from office.The two term Governor was impeached by the Illinois House on a wide array of offenses including criminal corruption and wasting taxpayers money. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

Choosing a new senator has led to considerable drama for the four governors tasked with doing so this year. All have weathered some level of opprobrium for their choices or for how they handled the selection, with one — Rod Blagojevich of Illinois — facing criminal charges for trying to barter President Barack Obama‘s former seat for cash and favors.

“Politically, the choices made by the governors so far have been pretty odd,” said Seth Masket, an assistant professor of political science at the University of Denver.

Most recently, New York Gov. David Paterson engaged in a messy, drawn-out effort to name a replacement for Hillary Rodham Clinton, Obama’s secretary of state. The process was largely dominated by a high-profile lobbying campaign by Caroline Kennedy, the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy hoping to win the nod.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090124/a
p_on_el_se/appointing_senators

New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen ... 
New York Gov. David Paterson, seen here in 2008, has chosen state congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand, a relative unknown on the political scene, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton, US media said Friday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Chris Hondros)

Blagoyevich Holds Press Conference Asking For Changes in Impeachment Rules, Support From Media

January 23, 2009

He’s impatient, eager and restless.  He’s innocent.

So he says.

He wants to call witnesses in his impeachment trial; which would seem a normal form of American due process.

But the Illinois Senate has crafted impeachment rules to put Governor Rod Blagojeech into a straightjacket, it seems.

Which is where he might belong.

But Blago is not yet indicted, mush less on trial.  He stands impeached: with is a non-judicial proceedure to remove him from the Governor’s office.

The AP Said: Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’s boycotting his impeachment trial next week because the process is unfair, not because he’s being defiant.

At a news conference Friday, Blagojevich said his constitutional rights are being trampled under the Senate rules because he cannot call the witnesses that he wants at his impeachment trial.

But who is listening?  Not Blago’s lawyer.

“I never require a client to do what I say but I do require them to at least listen to what I say. … I wish the governor good luck and godspeed,” said prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson in brief remarks to reporters.

Genson told Blago to get a new lawyer yesterday.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pauses as he presides over ... 
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.(Frank Polich/Reuters)

“Let’ give him a fair trial, then hang him,” Blagojevech said of himself, quoting some old Western movie.

In another of his classic, rambling news conferences, the impeached Governor of Illinois said he wanted to call White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel as a witness, Representative Jesse Jackson, Jr., and others.

He made a plea or a play for support from newspapers like the Chicago Tribune: newspapers he has maligned and tried to destroy in the past.

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“The irony is stunning,” said Sheperd Smith on Fox News Channel.

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Blago wants the right to challenge the charges and call witnesses.

But he never mentioned the core issue: his apparent effort to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

Related:
Guantanamo Terrorists Getting More Rights Than Blagoyevich, Judge Says

Fox News Channel report:
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/01/22/bla
gojevich-compares-arrest-attack-pearl-harbor/

From CNN:
http://www.cnn.com/2009/POLITICS/01
/23/blagojevich.attorney/index.html

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Illinois‘ embattled but defiant governor turned to the history books to describe the emotional strain on him and his family, comparing his arrest last month to Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor.

“Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States,” Gov. Rod Blagojevich told The Associated Press in an interview Thursday. “It was a complete surprise, completely unexpected. And just like the United States prevailed in that, we’ll prevail in this.”

The two-term Democrat, speaking on a snowy sidewalk outside the office of one of his attorneys, said there was no chance he would resign before the start of his impeachment trial in the state Senate next week.

“I’m going to fight this to the very end,” he said.

But that fight, Blagojevich said, most likely won’t include his appearance at the trial, which is set to begin Monday. The governor, along with his lawyers, say the trial rules are unfair, in part because they bar him from calling witnesses who are likely to be called in any criminal corruption trial later.

“I’m not going to be a party to that process,” he said. “That would be a violation of my oath of office. That, to me, would be an impeachable offense.”

He said his decision came from what he called a “bigger principle,” which he said includes due process and the right to call witnesses.

“In some respects it’s an honor to fall on principle on behalf of the people,” he said.

Blagojevich, wearing a black leather jacket and gripping a blue legal folder, also accused legislators of “a rush to judgment,” saying they wanted him gone so they could pass tax legislation.

“The reason they’re doing this is because they can’t wait to get rid of me so they can raise taxes on the people of Illinois,” he said. “This is as much about a tax increases as it is about anything else.”

Blagojevich is accused of scheming to benefit from his power to name President Barack Obama‘s replacement in the U.S. Senate.

Speaking for more than 40 minutes on Chicago station WLS-AM, Blagojevich said he couldn’t discuss specifics of the federal corruption charges against him — but insisted he hasn’t done anything wrong.

“And it was, of course, part of a political process that is not that inconsistent with the way the process works,” he said.

The governor told the AP that with all the pressures on him, being the butt of jokes on late-night TV shows wasn’t among them. The governor said he has not seen any of the parodies and asked a reporter if they were any good.

“People can criticize and vilify, they can do skits on `Saturday Night Live‘ — I think that goes along with the territory,” he said. “But what I won’t do is cave in and sacrifice the people of Illinois and be party to some phony farce, some unconstitutional process that’s designed to remove me from office so these lawmakers can raise taxes on people.”

Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, who would become governor if Blagojevich resigns or is removed, told the AP Friday he has gotten no help from Blagojevich in preparing for that possibility, but that he’s up to the task of taking over.

Associated Press writer Deanna Bellandi in Chicago contributed to this report.

Guantanamo Terrorists Getting More Rights Than Blagoyevich, Judge Says

January 22, 2009

In his upcoming impeachment trial, “Illinois Governor Blagoyevich has fewer rights than a terrorist in Gitmo,” said Judge Andrew Napolitano, a noted legal expert and TV commentator today. on Thursday called his upcoming impeachment trial a “sham,” saying it would deny him the right to due process because he couldn’t call witnesses.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich pauses as he presides over ... 
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.(Frank Polich/Reuters)

Gov. Rod Blagojevich

Even terrorists held in the  Guantanamo Bay detention center, in Cuba, can call witnesses in their own defense, according to Judge Napolitano.

President Barack Obama signed an order to close gitmo today, one of his first acts as President of the United States.

The Illinois Governor learned of the state senate’s rules for his umppeachment trial today.

“The impeachment trial is a sham,” Blagojevich said before going on his morning run.

“What the Senate and the House and Legislature is trying to do is to thwart the will of the people and remove a governor elected twice by the people without a fair hearing, without due process,” he said.

Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed -- seen here after ...
More right than the Illinois Governor during impeachment? Senior Al-Qaeda leader Khalid Sheikh Mohammed — seen here after his arrest in 2003 — was the self-proclaimed mastermind of the September 2001 attacks on New York and Washington. A judge at the Guantanamo Bay prison camp has suspended the trial of five alleged September 11 attack plotters, after a request by President Barack Obama.(AFP/HO/File)

Related:
Obama Orders Gitmo Closed
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122/ap_on_go_
pr_wh/obama_suspected_terrorists;_ylt=A
l_AiY3G6lwUUkMZL9becaes0NUE

Blago Call Trial a “Sham”
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090122
/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor

President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the ... 
President Barack Obama signs an executive order closing the prison at Guantanamo Bay, Thursday, Jan. 22, 2009, in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

For Obama and other public servants, three tests of integrity

January 20, 2009

Rarely before in American history has there been such a need for the restoration of public trust in our government and businesses.

As Barack Obama takes the oath of office, he does so amid widespread disappointment in the alleged mercenary conduct of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D), the insatiable greed of some in the business community that precipitated the economic meltdown, and the unprecedented Ponzi scheme apparently perpetrated by Bernard Madoff.

Bernard Madoff (C) walks out from Federal Court after a bail ... 
Bernard Madoff (C) walks out from Federal Court after a bail hearing in Manhattan January 5, 2009 in New York City. Paris prosecutors on Tuesday opened a fraud investigation into the Madoff scandal, after a French woman filed suit over the loss of her life savings, judicial officials said Tuesday.(AFP/Getty Images/File/Hiroko Masuike)

These scandals have eroded public confidence and have led to further cynicism about our institutions of government and business. In response, calls are mounting to enact various reforms designed to prevent – or at least uncover faster – such ethical breaches. But something much more fundamental is needed: a restoration of covenantal ideals.

By Egil ‘Bud’ Krogh
Christian Science Monitor

Related:
 Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

Those who accept the mantle of public service enter into a de facto covenant – a binding agreement – with those who are led, and the first tenet of that covenant is integrity. Public trust can be restored with a clearer understanding of that covenant. Government and business leaders must understand that their part of the covenant requires them to adhere to the highest standards of integrity and civility. Those who are led are also required to perform at their highest standards of integrity and civility. This reciprocal covenant may well involve a degree of selflessness and mutual sacrifice seldom demanded of our citizens today.

Almost 40 years ago, I was sworn in to Richard Nixon’s White House staff. After taking the oath of office, I was given four commissions appointing me to different positions during my tenure over the next four years. Each commission began with these words: “Reposing special trust in the integrity … of [your name] the president appoints you to [your position]” This preamble should have been an imperative for me to fulfill my part of the covenant between myself as a public servant and my fellow citizens.

However, in response to what I erroneously concluded was a national security crisis involving the leak of the Pentagon Papers to The New York Times, I committed a serious crime. I approved a “covert operation” to get derogatory information on the leaker of those documents and deprived a fellow citizen of his right to be free from an unreasonable, unwarranted search of his office, violated the “special trust” that was reposed in my integrity, and breached my duty under the covenant.

Read the rest:
http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm
/20090120/cm_csm/ykrogh

Obama, Biden: Fight Scandal, Corruption, Bad Government Please….

January 20, 2009

New government or old government we all want and deserve good government.  Honesty.  Integrity.  Wisdom.  But most of all no illegal activity.

One Democrat will miss Barack Obama’s inauguration in Washington DC today:  Portland, Oregon Mayor Sam Adams, who lied about an affair with a youngster….

This comes soon after the Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon scandal broke into the media…

Among other things, the city’s first black female mayor is accused of stealing gift cards meant for needy families and treating herself to fur coats and pricey hotel stays on her developer-boyfriend’s tab.

Jurors in Baltimore city, typical jurors, they render verdicts from the gut,” said Warren A. Brown, a city defense attorney for more than 20 years. “To hell with the law, to hell with the facts, they will render a verdict that they think is fair, is right.”

Not so fast with that “to hell with the law” talk, Sport.

Add to this the troubles of the Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and others before him (like Spitzer in New York and the Mayor of Detroit, Kwame Kilpatrick….) and it is obvious that we still have a way to go before we know that our governments are “clean”….

Kwame Kilpatrick
Former Mayor of Detroit Kwame Kilpatrick

Good lesson for the New Obama Administration: keep it clean and honest….

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Associated Press

More than a year after denying it, the newly elected mayor of Portland has admitted having a sexual relationship with a male teenager in 2005.

Sam Adams, who is openly gay, acknowledged the relationship in a statement Monday, after the Willamette Week newspaper broke the story on its Web site.

In Washington, D.C., for the inauguration, Adams will cut his trip short to issue a public apology Tuesday afternoon in Portland, said Wade Nkrumah, his spokesman.

Adams, 45, said he and the teen were together in the summer of 2005, shortly after the teenager turned 18 in June, and when Adams was a city commissioner. The revelations come nearly a year and a half after Adams and the teen said rumors of a sexual relationship between them were false.

“I lied at the time because I was afraid that people would believe untrue rumors being circulated by an undeclared mayoral opponent that I had broken a law involving sexual relations with a minor. But this is not a good excuse,” Adams said in his statement.

Despite the rumors, Adams coasted to victory in his race, making Portland the largest U.S. city to ever elect an openly gay mayor. He was sworn in Jan. 1.

In his statement Monday, Adams apologized to the teen for making him lie about the relationship. He also apologized to colleagues and voters.

The young man, now 21, did not immediately return a request for comment.

Related:
Democratic Scandals Boring, Less Sexual, But Genuine
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Carville’s 2009 Predictions: Stand By For More Democrat Scandals

By Sara Smith
News 4, NBC, New York

Now Democrats have reclaimed the White House and both parties of Congress, so of course they’re obliged to pull double duty in both sexual and political scandals. Let’s see, they’ve got the sex scandals pretty well covered: who can forget such luminaries as Eliot Spitzer, Patron Saint of Hookers; Tim Mahoney, the proud Florida Democrat with multiple mistresses who replaced the Republican with the “drinking problem”; the lizard-tongued humanoid adulterer John Edwards; and last but not least, America’s greatest mayor and sexiest texter, Kwame Kilpatrick.

John Edwards
Lizard-tongued what?

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Above: Democratic Congressman William “the Refrigerator” Jefferson of Louisiana in better days….


Former New York Governor’s “friend”….

In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod ...
Not guilty of anything…In this Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2008 file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat in Chicago. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty, file)

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of ... 
Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., smiles as he leaves the House of Representatives, Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2008. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)