Gov. Blagojevich gave us a colorful closing argument today at his impeachment trial. He recited his personal history again today & seemed to be contrite. But, the big news was that he tried to drag Rahm Emmanuel,Ted Kennedy & John McCain into it. He said that if people feel that he should be thrown out of office,then John McCain & Rahm Emmanuel should be considered his co-conspirators. And Blagojevich said that Rahm Emmanuel should be fired as well. Because they are all guilty of the same thing. Basically what he’s saying is that all politicians play dirty & double deal. They’re all guilty of wrongdoing. Blagojevich has tried to make this whole incident about the process instead of his actions. They’re “setting a dangerous precedent” if he is removed from the governor’s office. Wow! I wonder if Rahm Emmanuel will respond to Blagojevich’s call for him to be fired.
But, it was wrong to drag Senator Ted Kennedy into this. He’s sick,man. Let him recover & try to save your own ass in a different way. I don’t think this speech he gave will change the outcome, which is that he will be replaced by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn. It was very entertaining,even though he never answered the charges. Here’s some of the accusations from the AP:
“Blagojevich, 52, doesn’t deny making the comments alleged by federal prosecutors. But he says they were taken out of context and don’t amount to anything illegal.
In the recordings, which were played during Tuesday’s session, one person, identified as Blagojevich’s brother and campaign chairman Robert Blagojevich, assures the governor that a horse racing track owner “is good for it” and just has to decide “what accounts to get it out of.”
Another person, lobbyist and former Blagojevich chief of staff Lon Monk, assures him the track owner knows he must keep his “commitment” soon. Blagojevich replies with comments like “good” and “good job.”
The allegation at the center of the tapes is that Blagojevich improperly pressured John Johnston, owner of two Chicago-area harness-racing tracks, to donate money by the end of 2008, when a new ethics law would take effect and restrict donations. Prosecutors say Blagojevich threatened not to sign legislation giving tracks a portion of casino-generated revenue unless he got the donation.
It’s not clear whether Johnston ever made a donation; federal prosecutors have seized Blagojevich’s campaign records. Johnston has not been charged with any illegal activity, and his attorney denies Johnston ever requested any quid pro quo.
None of the people on the calls specifically mention money. Monk and Robert Blagojevich have not been charged with any crime.
The governor was arrested last month on a variety of corruption charges, including scheming to benefit from appointing President Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate replacement and demanding campaign contributions in exchange for state services.
Lawmakers, who could vote within days on whether to remove Blagojevich, heard only a few minutes of FBI tapes. But an FBI agent vouched for the accuracy of many other Blagojevich quotes that were included the federal criminal complaint.
If the Senate convicts him, Blagojevich will be removed from office and replaced by Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn, a fellow Democrat.”(End of Excerpt) Read the rest here: http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5ga4r6Ic7fPOykfh6cdeLeKYKO6vwD960AUJ81
And that’s all, folks! Mr. Blagojevich’s self-aggrandizations didn’t help anything but his ego. He is no longer the governor. Finally.