His career in shreds, President-elect and a warning that Senate Democrats will not let him appoint a new senator from the state.clung defiantly to power Wednesday, ignoring a call to step down from
“Everyone is calling for his head,” said, a leader in the Illinois House and, like the governor, a Democrat.
One day after Blagojevich’s arrest, fellow Illinois politicians sought to avoid the taint of scandal-by-association.
. said at a news conference in Washington that he was Senate Candidate 5 in the government’s criminal complaint — a man Blagojevich was secretly recorded as saying might be willing to pay money to gain appointment to Obama’s vacant Senate seat. Jackson said he had been assured by prosecutors he was not a target of the investigation, and he emphatically said he had not engaged “whatsoever in any wrongdoing.”
Other Democrats in Washington edged away from calls for a special election to fill Obama’s place in the Senate, hoping that Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn would soon become governor and fill the vacancy on his own. That would assure the party of holding the seat, and on a far faster timetable than any balloting would allow.
Ensconced in his downtown office, Blagojevich gave no sign he was contemplating resigning, and dispatched his spokeswoman, Kelley Quinn, to say it was “business as usual” in his 16th-floor suite, situated a few blocks from Obama’s transition headquarters.
“At the end of the day, the top priority for our office is to serve the people, and we have not lost sight of that, nor will we lose sight of that,” Kelley Quinn said.
One day earlier, federal prosecutors released a thick document….