Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Democracy in Illinois

"On Monday, [Illinois] House Speaker Michael Madigan appointed a bipartisan committee to review potential impeachment proceedings, the latest move by embarrassed politicians eager to force Blagojevich out. ''We're going to proceed with all due speed, but we're going to make sure that what we do is done correctly,'' said Madigan . . ."
"''I've had a chance to get to know Mr. Blagojevich over six years, so I was not surprised,'' Madigan said of the corruption charges that allege the governor tried to put Obama's seat up for auction. ``In light of what we've all seen . . . how can anyone be surprised?''"
Of course, Madigan is "a Chicago Democrat and former co-chairman of Blagojevich's reelection campaign".
http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation/story/814558.html

Got that? The fellow leading the impeachment battle in the Illinois state legislature knew Blago was bad for six years, but nonetheless co-chaired Blago's reelection campaign two years ago.

By the way - - this Michael Madigan is the father of Lisa Madigan, the Illinois state attorney general who is trying to misapply the medical disability act to force Blago out of office.
http://www.newsmeat.com/news/meat.php?articleId=38603502&channelId=2951&buyerId=newsmeatcom&buid=3281

Expect four years of scandals to originate in Illinois.