Thursday, January 29, 2009

Governor Rod Blagojevich has been impeached. And the vote was 59 to 0!

I’m going to follow the advice that if you don’t have anything good to say about a person, then don’t say anything.

Let the Chicago Tribune report the news.


Senators vote to oust Blagojevich

4:58 p.m. Senate votes to ban Blagojevich from ever holding office again. The state Senate voted 59-0 to ban former Gov. Rod Blagojevich from again holding elected office in Illinois. The vote is the equivalent of the political death penalty.

4:53 p.m. Senate vote now official. The Illinois Senate has voted 59-0 to remove Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office.

4:50 p.m. Senate now voting. The Illinois Senate is now voting on whether to remove impeached Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich from office. As each senator’s name was called, they and spoke their vote, either “yes” or “no.”

The question posed to them was: “Shall the Senate sustain the article of impeachment against Rod R. Blagojevich and remove him from the office of governor?”

The vote right now is 58-0 with one vote not yet counted due to some sort of technical issue. Senate President John Cullerton, who is to cast the final vote, could not get his vote recorded.

They’re now going to redo the roll call by allowing senators to press a button.

They did, and it’s 59-0 to remove Blagojevich from office.


Blagojevich was caught actively trying to sell the Senate seat that President-elect Obama vacated. Obama was an Illinois Senator. Naturally, after he was elected President, Obama's Senate seat became available. The constitution of the state of Illinois vests the Governor with the power to appoint a replacement. Blagojevich was trying to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

After his impeachment, he is going to have to defend himself in a criminal lawsuit.

Here's the timeline; courtesy again of

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