My heart-ache is sincere. The circus is leaving town.
The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.
Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago’s Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing.
A Blagojevich spokesman said the governor will not resign.
Why would he resign? He just got done rolling Harry Reid, and Fitzgerald’s indictment is still months away. I’m not even sure what the charges against him in the impeachment trial will be at this point. Supposedly he can no longer perform the duties of governor effectively. Really? He was effective enough to make the entire U.S. Senate choke on the Burris appointment.
Awesomely awesome Blago press conference coming up at 3 p.m. ET. Let’s pray for another cameo from Bobby Rush. Exit question: They need two-thirds of the state senate to convict him. If he beats the rap, will public opinion start to turn pro-Blago? He’s the ultimate outlaw/survivor/anti-hero. Blagojevich in 2016!