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Blagojevich The Defiant

by @ 4:06 pm on December 19, 2008. Filed under In The News, Politics, Rod Blagojevich

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich faced the press today and vowed to remain in office and fight the charges against him:

CHICAGO — A defiant Gov. Rod Blagojevich vowed in a Dec. 19 news conference to fight until his last breath to save his job and his reputation.

In his first public comments since his arrest on felony corruption charges, Blagojevich (D) said, “I’m going to tell you right off the bat that I am not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing, that I intend to stay on the job, and I will fight this thing every step of the way.”

Blagojevich, 52, previously had said nothing in public about the corruption allegations and secretly recorded conversations that led to his dramatic Dec. 9 arrest on felony influence peddling charges.

This week, as Illinois lawmakers began building an impeachment case against him, Blagojevich dispatched prominent Chicago defense lawyer Ed Genson, who said the proceedings were like “Alice in Wonderland” and that his client had done nothing wrong.

In the news conference, Blagojevich dismissed that effort as “false allegations” by a “political lynch mob.”

“I will fight, I will fight, I will fight, until I take my last breath,” he said.

“I have done nothing wrong.”

Here’s the video of the full press conference which is worth watching just to see Blago and hear him reciting a Rudyard Kipling poem:

This is gonna be a fun one to watch folks !

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