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Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Blagojevich should have moved to Springfield

Unbeknownst to most of the world, the sentencing part of the Rod Blagojevich trial began today. His lawyers spent the day making their case to the judge and I didn't want this statement, which flew by in a tweet from a reporter in the courtroom, to go by without comment:

#Blagojevich lawyer points to ex-gov's decision not to move to Springfield a pol risk he took so he could keep family stable. (Link.)

To some people, the fact that he didn't move to Springfield may seem like some kind of virtue. Certainly, his lawyer is trying to portray it as such to the judge. But to me, and probably a lot of other people, we now realize that by not being in Springfield, he was able to hang out in his campaign office in Chicago all the time wheeling and dealing and scheming up the things which got him into all the trouble he's now in.

Who's to say if he would have done those things had he been in Springfield keeping busy doing the people's work. Maybe. Maybe not. I have to believe things would have surely turned out different. Also, he could have kept his family stable here.

Posted by Marie at December 6, 2011 10:48 PM


I admire the judge's response to Blago's plea for leniency, in which the ex-gov cited the harm to his daughters of a long prison sentence: "Why did devotion as a father not deter him?"

Posted by: Pete Author Profile Page at December 7, 2011 4:49 PM

I don't see how his residence in Springfield or anywhere else would have made a difference. You remember Paul Powell. He, and many others, got up to plenty of mischief while breathing pure downstate air (and even living apparently spartan lifestyles). Given Blago's predilections as disclosed on the government tapes, nothing short of having himself cremated and inurned would have stayed his shakedown habit.

However, maybe I'm showing a little bit of native Chicagoan defensiveness here.

Posted by: Dan Author Profile Page at December 9, 2011 1:30 AM

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