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Unanimous Vote For Impeachment

December 16, 2008

The Illinois House has voted 113-0 to begin Impeachment proceedings

Via Chicago Tribune:

The Illinois House launched its first-ever impeachment probe of a governor Monday, promising weeks of hearings detailing Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s alleged abuse of power, from enacting massive programs without legislative approval to seeking to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.

But the House also held off on calls to strip the disgraced governor of his power to appoint Obama’s successor, angering Republicans who accused Democrats of a power play aimed at protecting their dominance of state politics.

House lawmakers voted 113-0 to authorize a committee to investigate a host of pay-to-play allegations leveled against the governor, just six days after he was arrested by federal agents at his North Side home. The vote marked the unique circumstance of Democratic lawmakers leading a bid to displace Illinois’ first Democratic governor in a quarter-century.

House Speaker Michael Madigan, though co-chairing Blagojevich’s 2006 re-election bid in a symbol of party unity, has been a top critic of the governor. Asked about the criminal complaint against the governor, Madigan said, “I’ve had an opportunity to know Mr. Blagojevich for over six years so I was not surprised.”

The Chistmas Holidays and the New Year Break will make it difficult to remove Blagojevich before January.  In other words, Blago still has the power and authority to fill the IL Senate seat.  Harry Reid’s promise to not allow the appointee a seat is the only thing stopping an allegedly moral corrupted official for selecting a senator to fill Obama’s spot.  I would hope the IL legislature would act quickly on this, at least to improve the national perception of that state., or before Blago has time to meet with his attorneys and straighten up his story.

-reagan21

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