After consulting with Good, McIntyre said she hired Blagojevich. She said she didn’t need — or seek — approval from the entire board, whose members include Fred Lebed. Lebed runs a lobbying firm with Roland Burris, whom the governor appointed to Obama’s Senate seat.
oookey dokes! (h/t Jammie)
3:35PM Drags his parents into it, then ends by quoting Tennyson.
3:20PM “What we’re here to talk about is to use creative things to do for people,,, I don’t believe those are impeachable offenses… I will be properly exonerated.”
Now he goes into “I’m going to fight for them mode.”
3:25PM Blago rattling on & on about jobs & healthcare. ANYTHING but the impeachment.
3:20 PM Press conference about to start, but where is Blago?
In a historic vote, the Illinois House has impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich, directing the Senate to put the state’s 40th chief executive on trial with the goal of removing him from office.
The vote by the House was 114-1 and marks the first time in the state’s 190-year history that a governor has been impeached, despite Illinois’ longstanding reputation for political corruption.
Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago) was the lone vote against impeaching the governor. Patterson, from Chicago’s Southwest Side, said after the roll call that he didn’t feel it was his job to vote to impeach the governor. He declined comment on whether he approved of the job Blagojevich is doing.
A Blagojevich spokesman said the governor will not resign.
I’m waiting for the press conference to start at 3PM.
What is the status on Burris’s appointment, then?
But, if I were the Democrats, I wouldn’t let out a sigh of relief just yet. Don’t forget, Blago is the man who just punked Harry Reid and the entire US Senate Democratic caucus. I doubt he’s going down without a fight.