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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Parting thoughts about Rod

impeachment_cake.jpg * Listening to Rod Blagojevich deliver his closing argument to the Illinois Senate today, it struck me how desperate he was to hang on to the job. Some people have said he is in financial trouble. I find that difficult to accept as he was making $177,000 a year. He owns his home on the North side of Chicago, and a condo in Washington. But, both have mortgages.

* One thing's for sure, Blagojevich let us get a good look at just what a public relations firm can do for a disgraced soon to be ex-governor. To regain his reputation, they sent him on a two-day whirlwind tour of New York "bobbleheads," and managed to schedule his impeachment day press conference for the same time Pat Quinn was giving his first press conference as governor.

* It is my prediction that for at least the next two years every news article written about Senator Roland Burris will contain the words: "appointed by Rod Blagojevich shortly before he was impeached." That's not good for Roland Burris, or the people of Illinois.

* What's ahead for the impeached governor? To answer the question I've seen posted in several places, he does not qualify for unemployment compensation. Other than that, I can only guess. He will have a lot of time to devote to his federal criminal defense.

* He does have a license to practice law in Illinois, which has been on hold during his time in office. Some people have suggested that the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Committee will be taking a good look at whether or not to let him reactivate his law license in light of his Senate conviction.

* A lot of former politicians go on to become very successful lobbyists. Who would hire him? Perhaps a more scary question is, would any legislators or congresspersons give him the time of day?

* Personally, I just wish he'd quietly ride off into the sunset never to be heard from again. But, until the media lets go of its infatuation of him, that's not likely to happen.

Edit: Forgot to mention that the Illinois Senate has also barred Blagojevich from holding public office in Illinois. So that's out as a job.

(Cake decorator)

Posted by Marie at January 29, 2009 8:00 PM


"I've seen posted in several places, he does not qualify for unemployment compensation"

He wouldn't get much even if he did qualify because there is a relatively low maximum benefit. He wouldn't (probably) qualify anyway because he was terminated for demonstrable misconduct.

Posted by: Dave at January 29, 2009 11:11 PM

Good points, Dave. Does anyone know what becomes of the $2.5 million in his campaign fund. I heard the feds may petition to confiscate it. But, if they don't, and he doesn't run for office, does he get that money? If not, who does?

And just to clarify another thing: While it is correct he cannot run for public office in Illinois, in theory he could move to Indiana, establish residency, and run for something there.

Posted by: Marie at January 30, 2009 12:23 AM

He ought to get together with Larry Craig, Elliott Spitzer, Kwame Kilpatrick, Marion Barry, Mark Foley and other impeccable guardians of the public trust to form the "We're Not Perfect" party. They'd get a certain number of votes, wherever they could get on the ballot, just by talking about how human they are.

Posted by: Dan at January 31, 2009 12:30 PM

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