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davsand Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Jan-01-09 04:36 PM
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58. Kentuck, Blago really is a mess.
Seriously. He's bad. Very bad.

Illinois will be lucky if we can get him impeached and out of office before he can do any more damage. (Understand, I make a distinction here between impeachment and conviction--ok?) Blago has locked up our political process in this state to the point that our Dem controlled legislature has been at loggerheads with him for a couple of years now--this is not just a recent sort of meltdown. There are not too many in the legislature that have any good will for Blag and his impeachment is mostly gonna be an ugly process.

As for Fitz, I think there was pressure for them to act before Blago managed to auction off that Senate seat. I personally doubt they will get a conviction on that unless they have a lot more on tape than what they have released up to now. I DO think, however, that there is a bunch of other stuff that they do have on Blago and THAT is what they can convict on right now.

There has been a low level buzz for a while now about stuff the Blago "insiders" have been doing. A couple of years ago there was even a big shake up in CMS (the central hiring agency for the state) and a few of Blago's guys got nailed in that for everything from nepotism to hiring based on campaign work performed. Blago was tied to it, but never directly.

I will tell you that in the case of the last Illinois Governor that Fitz convicted they went after the lower level guys first and then used THEM to nail the higher ups--literally they worked their way up the food chain. While I have no way to prove it, I suspect that Fitz's office has been equally methodical in this case.

Illinois politics is a cesspool. It was that way before I ever came on the scene and it has not changed a bit. We have a rich and varied history here of everything from pay to play, to nepotism to even personal threats and intimidation. I've seen state staffers work campaigns on the taxpayer dime and I have observed first hand some of aspects of state hiring that would probably curl a lot of folks hair.

I'm no "insider" in Blago's circles, but based on what little I have seen, Blago reeks. If Fitz has turned too many folks Blago will go down and it is probably gonna end up in some jail time. It is THAT simple.

It is what it is, and there are some of us in this state that choose NOT to play that game. They make us ALL look bad and as a political person I have been offered bribes and accused of being a criminal any number of times. Small wonder taxpayers feel that way--there are an awful lot of pols here who have lowered the bar.

Blag is bad news. I'm sorry. He is. This is not some Republican attack, this is not about some turf war between warring factions of Dems in the state. It is about a politician that makes every ONE of us look bad to the rest of the world.

Peace to you. I wish it wasn't this way.



Laura
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