Posted by: blagoblogger | December 30, 2008

Blagojevich and Illinois’ Pandora’s Box

Rod Blagojevich just opened Illinois Political “Pandora’s Box” with his statement today appointing former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris.

Blago said on Fox News tonight:

“…To NOT fill the vacancy would be o deprive the people of Illinois of TWO United States Senators, to deprive the people of Illinois, their appropriate voice and votes IN the United States Senate..”

Well, lets look at that comment for a moment.

In Barack Obama’s run for Illinois Senate, he ran on a platform of “Change”. He ran on saying he was going to change Illinois Politics and would work FOR the people of Illinois.

Since his election to office, Barack Obama LEADS the United States Senate in “NO VOTES”.   He had absolutely NO intention of serving the people of Illinois as he knew he would immediately begin his campaign for President.

We in Illinois, have been left to the ridiculous policies of Dick Durbin, Democratic Party Puppeteer.

We in Illinois have been living for the last 3 years with only ONE Senator as our voice, and HE only listened to the people who contributed heavily to HIS election.

Governor Blagojevich, how you sleep at night is beyond me, knowing your children will grow up knowing their father was almost the most corrupt politician in the state would literally shame ME to death.

And then we have the chief racist of Chicago Politics Bobby Rush suggest that simply because of Roland Burris’ race, the appointment should stand.

I would just assume take a “Joe Blow” Average Citizen (from OUTSIDE the Chicago Political Machine, and give it to him, no matter what race or ethnic background he was.

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  1. am remembering The Old Mayor Hizzoner’s friend Paddy Bauler’s infamous quote: CHICAGO AIN’T READY FOR REFORM!

    And Chicago (and Illinois) still may not be ready.

    A few weeks ago I heard someone on radio mention that Obama got the US senate seat because Chicago pols wanted him out of the state instead of in the Illinois governorship — they didn’t want him playing in their back yard anymore.

    The Blago office-selling flap raises interesting questions.

    Let’s all watch to see if any dots appear between ethics changes that Blago wanted and the US senate seat ‘scandal’.

    Chicago has seen much worse than the sale of political office, and in fact speaking of sale of political offices, if local pols are so offended about the sale of a senate seat, where were they when Mayor Daley held back Cook County’s vote talley the night Cook County elected Jack Kennedy? And which judge promised Joe Kennedy his kid would be elected by Chicago?

    This paragraph from the ethics change story is something that for sure would set Chicago machine policians’ hair on fire:

    “Blagojevich last month used his amendatory veto power to expand the contractor donation ban to lawmakers and all state officeholders. He also tried to change how pay raises would be voted on, bar lawmakers from holding most other government jobs and require them to more fully disclose lobbying work”

    With lawmakers and state office-holders’ ‘donations’ from contractors, self-voted pay raises, and other sources of off-the-books income in jeopardy, you better believe that the whole state legislature, not to mention every Chicago machine politician past, present, and future would want Blago gone.

    From the ‘reform’ story: “Let’s go ahead and give the people of the state of Illinois what they want and what they deserve,” Fritchey said

    Oh yeah. And he was using the one-finger salute to let his audience know exactly what he meant.

    ——————————————————————————–

    “Is Illinois ready for ethics?

    The House undid in about two minutes the sweeping ethics reform rewrite Blagojevich spent two months putting together.

    The House voted 110-3 for the original version of House Bill 824 that lawmakers passed in May. That version would bar people with state contracts worth $50,000 or more from making political donations to state officeholders overseeing the contracts.

    Blagojevich also issued an executive order effective Jan. 1 barring people with high-dollar contracts with agencies under his control from giving donations to any state officeholders or lawmakers.

    Blagojevich last month used his amendatory veto power to expand the contractor donation ban to lawmakers and all state officeholders. He also tried to change how pay raises would be voted on, bar lawmakers from holding most other government jobs and require them to more fully disclose lobbying work.

    Rep. John Fritchey, D-Chicago, said lawmakers should consider the changes in separate bills that he filed Wednesday, not in a take-it-or-leave-it vote.

    “Let’s go ahead and give the people of the state of Illinois what they want and what they deserve,” Fritchey said.

    The vote came just hours after Blagojevich had urged lawmakers not to override his changes because he fears they will be stalled if they’re put into separate bills.

    If the measure isn’t voted on in the Senate within 15 days, the entire bill and the changes die.”


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