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84 percent in Illinois call for Blagojevich to resign: new Rasmussen poll

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A new poll by Rasmussen Reports says 84 percent in Illinois want Gov. Blagojevich to quit and 66 percent want a special election to pick President-elect Barack Obama's replacement. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Illinois Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth lead in this overnight poll as top picks to succeed Obama. Support for Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., who had been in the lead, plummeted once his name surfaced in the controversy


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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has surged to the lead among Democrats on the list of favorites to take Barack Obama's place in the U.S. Senate at the expense of Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., whose image clearly has suffered in the growing Blagojevich scandal.

Thirty-two percent (32%) of Illinois Democrats now say Madigan should be named to the seat vacated by Obama, the state's junior Democratic senator, according to a Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Illinois voters taken Wednesday night.
In a Rasmussen Reports survey last week, Jackson was the top choice of a plurality of the state's Democratic voters (36%), but with the revelation that he is "Senate Candidate 5," his support has been cut in half to just 18% now.

A week ago, Madigan was third on the list of five favorites among Democratic voters, with 17% support.
Sixty-six percent (66%) of all Illinois voters say the state should hold a special election to fill Obama's Senate seat rather than let Governor Rod Blagojevich or his successor appoint a replacement. Twenty-one percent (21%) disagree, and 13% are undecided.
Among Illinois voters, 74% of Republicans, 66% of Democrats and 60% of unaffiliated voters favor a special election. Obama still has two years remaining in his Senate term.

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With 84% of the Illinois citizenry wanting Gov. Blagojevich to go, it surely shant be long before Atty. General Madigan makes a pre-emptory motion before the Illinois Supreme Court for the Governor's removal. Then the new governor, Pat Quinn, would be free to make an instantaneous temporary appointment to the vacant Illimois Senate seat, before the 2009 Illinois primary and the Special Election. An outstanding Illinois politician, qualified to serve with nearly unanimous statewide approval could be former Illinois U.S. Congressman Glenn Poshard. He understands fully federal and state legislation and could be, just who is needed to help the People of Illinois through this cataclysmic period in Illinois history.

You get in power in Chicago by making deals and Chicagoans love a guy who fights. The press asked old man Daley if he awarded his son, the current Mayor, the multi-million dollar insurance contract at O'Hare on a no bid basis. Daley replied, "Yeah! He's my son. What would you do?" That was a good enough answer for everyone. They may not have liked it, but they understood. Everything is pretty much the same these days unless you step on the wrong toes. Chicagoans will be shaking their heads in bars for a long time wondering and theorizing about who the Governor made mad. There will occasionally be a few punches thrown. No one will go to jail. It's all good fun.

What is the difference between what Blagojevich did and Congress and the Senate members taking donations from the banks to pass the bank bailout against 90% of the taxpayer's wishes? What is the difference between this and Obama making campaign promises to the Unions to get their support and campaign donations? What is the difference between this and Shelby, having foreign car manufacturers in his state and taking their campaign donation and then trying to get the domestic automaker loans defeated? What is the difference between what Blagojevich did and everyone running for any electable office and taking money from special interest to work on their behalf? At least Blagojevich was open and honest about what he was doing. Your Kleptocracy teaches your politicians to behave like this. It's just business as usual. The FBI should be tracking every campaign donation and every legislative vote.

Your federal government is suppose to support and protect you, not the banks, businesses, and other special interests. You should be voting for people who don't take special interest money. There are very few of them, but they should be in office.

http://ewebsmith.com/gov/JFKWarning.html

THE OTHER 16 PERCENT ARE IN PRISON!

Web Smith is correct. Chicago has been crooked from the ashes of the Chicago Fire and the history of tragedy is long. I was born and raised in that city and lived with drugs, arson, mob protection payoffs, crooked police, Senator Percy and more. I could buy new shirts, cigarettes, TV's out the back of stolen trailers in motel parking lots for a song. I had enough. It is foolish to believe that the way Obama took his senate seat and any manuevers of other politicians in that city would be anything but nasty, underhanded, and part of the mob machine that rules the city.

Gone

WHAT ABOUT THE 50 ALDERMAN THAT CURRENTLY WORK IN
CHICAGO, ARE THEY CORRUPT?
WHAT ABOUT ALL THE STATE SENATORS, ARE THEY
CORRUPT AS WELL?
WHAT ABOUT THE STATE REPS, ARE THEY CORRUPT?
ARE THE 3 MINISTERS THAT WENT TO HIS HOUSE, ARE
THEY CORRUPT?
ARE THOSE KNUCKLEHEADS THAT WERE BY CONGRESSMAN
JACKSON'S HOME CORRUPT?
THE GOVERNOR TRIED TO SELL THE PRESIDENT-ELECT'S
SENATE SEAT AND EVERYONE ELSE IS CORRUPT, PLEASE
THINK BEFORE YOU BLOG, ILLINOIS HAS MORE GREAT
PEOPLE THAN CORRUPT ONE'S AND I BELIEVE THAT IN
MY HEART AND MIND!
YOU SHOULD AS WELL!
STOP TRYING TO CHARACTER ASSASSINATE PEOPLE, LIFE
IS TO SHORT, THIS IS REAL, AND CONGRESSMAN JACKSON
JR. DOESN'T DESERVE HIS NAME DRAGGED IN THE MUD!
WHY WOULD A PERSON MEET WITH THE GOVERNOR THE
NIGHT BEFORE ALL OF THIS BROKE IF HE IS THE ONE
BROKERING TO BE THE SENATOR?
PLEASE ELEVATE YOUR THINKING AMERICA, THIS IS
SOMEONE'S LIFE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT, IF YOU DON'T
LIKE HIS FATHER, WELL ANYWAY THIS IS HIS SON, AND
HE DOESN'T DESERVE THIS NEGATIVITY!
SOMETHING IS ROTTEN IN DENMARK WHEN AN OLD GUY
LIKE ROLAND BURRIS IS DRAGGED OUT OF A SENIOR
CITIZEN'S HOME AND ASKED TO RUN FOR SENATOR!
FOOL ME ONCE SHAME ON YOU, FOOL ME TWICE SHAME
ON ME!

Oh, Shouting Phil--What did Hillary know about Business? What did Michelle know about nutrition?
Hillary on Walmart's Board, Michelle on TreeHouse Foods.
THEY ALL DO IT! AND UNTIL WE HAVE LIMITS ON CAMPAIGN CASH AND MEDIA BUYS IT WILL CONTINUE.
Sorry. I assume you only read all caps.
But seriously--why is Blago worse than DICK AND GEORGIE?
AND NO I DO NOT WANT OBAMA HIRING FITZ.
FITZ LET TURDBLOSSOM GO WHEN HE COULD HAVE PROSECUTED THE ROVE ABOUT THE TREASONOUS VALERIE PLAME AFFAIR.
BRING THE TROOPS HOME FOR VALENTINE'S DAY!

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