A man in denial: “Ok this guy Governor Blagojevich is really delusional. This man has invested his time in doing some kind of tour to convince ‘the people’ his is not guilty. He has insisted the process is unfair, he has insisted that the charges are ridiculous. He has tried to spin this proceeding as politicians all of sudden finding some reason to impeach him for the good he has done. Even when the held one of his press briefings, he used what some where calling human props. He made sure they were black, hispanic and poor. He intimated they are trying to impeach him for helping people live a better life.
The whole time, he never mentioned the allegation of ‘pay-for-play’ that he was arrested for. It is as if he thinks, not answer the most pressing issue, makes it a non issue. Here are some excerpts from Chicotribume.com.
The House prosecutor spent 45 minutes outlining evidence he said is more than enough to convict the governor. He often quoted from federal criminal charges released Dec. 9, the day Blagojevich was arrested at his North Side home.
‘Every decision this governor made was based on one of three criteria,’ Ellis said. ‘The governor’s legal situation, his personal situation and his political situation.’
Ellis started by highlighting federal allegations that Blagojevich conspired to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama to benefit himself and his family.
‘It’s an valuable thing. You just don’t give it away for nothing,” Ellis said, quoting from federal court filings. ‘The governor wanted to make a trade.’
Ellis then discussed federal allegations that Blagojevich tried to pressure Tribune Co. to fire Chicago Tribune editorial writers in exchange for state money to help with the sale of the Cubs.
‘The evidence clearly showed that the governor tried to put a price tag on financial assistance to the Tribune company,’ Ellis said.
Blagojevich had 15 conversations with former chief of staff John Harris in a month, repeatedly directing Harris to talk to high-ranking Tribune Company executives, Ellis said.
There would be no money from the state to help with the sale of the Chicago Cubs ‘unless those editorial board members are fired,’ Ellis said.
‘The governor knew what he was doing was harmful,’ Ellis said.”