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We Won’t Have Blago To Kick Around Anymore

by @ 6:04 pm on January 29, 2009. Filed under Politics, Rod Blagojevich

In perhaps the least surprising news of the day, Rod Blagojevich has been removed as Governor of Illinois:

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois Senate unanimously voted to remove Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office on Thursday after an FBI investigation revealed he tried to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder.

In a long-shot attempt to save his job, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich insisted Thursday he had done nothing wrong and shouldn’t be removed from office over unproven criminal charges and complaints about his management decisions. “You haven’t proved a crime, and you can’t because it didn’t happen,” Blagojevich said at his Senate impeachment trial. “How can you throw a governor out of office with insufficient and incomplete evidence?”

Blagojevich acknowledged he sometimes mingled campaign fundraising with government decisions or cut administrative corners to achieve his goals. But he maintained his motivation was always to help constituents.

FBI wiretaps from a federal corruption probe captured something “all of us in politics do in order to run campaigns and win elections,” Blagojevich told senators, who were to vote later Thursday on ousting him.

The governor said he would like to apologize, but couldn’t because he didn’t do anything wrong. The senators watched attentively. Many leaned forward in their seats. Some took notes.

“It’s painful and it’s lonely, but I want you to know I never, ever intended to commit a criminal act,” Blagojevich said.

The two-term Democratic governor spoke for 47 minutes, then smiled and winked at reporters as he passed the press box on his way out of the Senate

And in case, you missed it, here’s Blago going down in flames in all his glory:

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