At 2 p.m. Friday, embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich issued a short statement asserting his innocence and insisting he will fight the whole way and not quit.
"I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong and I'm not going to quit a job the people have hired me to do," the governor said.
"I'm dying to answer these charges ... I intend to answer them in an appropriate forum, in a court of law," he continued. He also asked for the "presumption of innocence."
Obviously Blagojevich has been coached by his lawyers not to say much to the media. This may be a solid legal strategy, but as an Illinois resident, do you think he should give voters an explanation?
When this story first broke it seemed like everyone in power was going to push each other out of the way to be the first to remove him from office. A week and a half later, Attorney General Lisa Madigan's effort to get the court to remove him failed, and the Legislature seems to be bogging down in its impeachment drive. It is unable to use much of the evidence the feds have in its investigation because the feds won't share. There is still other evidence, but is it possible Blagojevich could survive this whole experience? If Blagojevich is not removed, can the state hope to get back to business during the next two years?
I decided to make a new post on this topic since the previous one was way off track. Let's keep this one on topic please.