PEORIA -- Am I the only person left in Illinois baffled by the Gov. Blago situation?
The governor, who has not even been indicted though he was arrested on a complaint, can sign bills, issue pardons, yet not appoint a US Senator?
What’s with the piling on of other Democrats?
Why do they take the word of US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, when that’s the only evidence against the elected governor? His word. No tape recordings which would show the context of the remarks. No cashed checks.
Now Fitzgerald wants more time to indict -- until April! What’s that about?
This is the same Fitzgerald who refused to go after Karl Rove, Cheney and Bush on the CIA leak case. He perhaps could have brought them down but didn’t. Why not?
Now he’s intent on destroying the Democratic party in Illinois by going after Blago and prematurely at that. Apparently he doesn’t have enough evidence to indict.
And the other Demos, no surprise, fell into his trap and have formed a circular firing squad.
Some want a special election to fill Obama’s Senate seat. How stupid! The Republicans especially want that, for obvious reasons.
When Blago does the right thing and appoints Roland Burris, they attack like pitbulls.
No one asks questions Fitzgerald’s motives -- and what are they? Justice? Or to eliminate the Democratic party control of Illinois?
Think about what Fitzgerald has done, and how he can do it to anyone and affect the governance of the state and nation. Didn’t a similar version of this happen in Georgia, to an up and coming Democrat?
Look at this quote, about the Blago affair in the Los Angeles Times, as reprinted in the Chicago Tribune, from Willie Brown, former mayor of San Francisco and speaker of the California Assembly:
“In all my years of practicing law, I have never seen a U.S. attorney take to the podium to announce an arrest, then answer any and all questions while at the same time condemning the accused as if he’d already been convicted,” Brown snapped recently in his weekly column in the San Francisco Chronicle.
And he didn’t stop there. “The feds had better come up with something more solid than just a couple of guys sitting around and talking,” he wrote. “Otherwise, this case could go up in smoke.”
Willie watchers, and they are legion, look at the Blagojevich defense as vintage Brown— vigorously defending the art of politics and taunting federal agents who, according to his memoir, “were desperate, ruthless to get something on me.”
The Illinois Demos should consider the implications, long term, of what‘s going on with Fitzgerald‘s pursuit of Blago before they keep piling on.
Are people innocent until proved guilty?
Apparently not if you‘re an Illinois Democrat in the sights of a Republican-appointed US Attorney.
-- Elaine Hopkins