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Obama calls for Blagojevich resignation, special election to pick replacement


WASHINGTON--President elect Barack Obama on Wednesday called for embattled Gov. Blagojevich to resign and for the voters of Illinois to pick his replacement, an aide said.

Obama's call for Blagojevich to step down comes after a stream of Illinois officials said the governor should quit following his arrest and criminial complaint filed against him where he is accused of selling the senate seat to the highest bidder.

"The President-elect agrees with Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the Governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois."

Obama joined Sen. Dick Durbin and others calling for a special election; the Illinois General Assembly meets next week to strip Blagojevich of his power to appoint a successor.

"The President-elect believes that the General Assembly should consider the issue and put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois.?


I am so discussed with Blagojevich i could just scream. it makes it so bad for Obama because he is alreay under scrutiny for being from Illinois and all the corruption that goes on her it just makes people wonder if everybody from Ill are criminals. this is what puts a bad name on all of us. Blagojevich must go. for gods sake get him out of the govenors office and in jail where he belongs. And this should serve as why Ryan should stay in jail. why should he be parndoned. when he was doing all his lowdown dirt his wife, and family was all happy and enjoy the benefits. now that he has gotten caught they think because he is sick he should be pardoned. well the citizens of chicago was sick also while he was stealing and doing all his dirty politics. so he deserves what ever he gets and so does Blagojevich.

I thought one of the basic tenents of American citizenship is that we are presumed innocent until proven guilty. It seems that everyone has already convicted Blago despite him not having stepped foot in a courtroom. Granted given the accusations, having Blago remain in office only further soils the dignity of that office. However didnt Governor Ryan do enough of that before Blago came on the scene? If I was Blago I'd sit in my office with my middle finger extended and I'd keep it extended until I was convicted or exonerated in a court of law.


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