Blagojevich is removed from office in unanimous vote

January 30, 2009

(ChattahBox) — The Illinois Senate unanimously voted Thursday to remove Rod R. Blagojevich and impose a “political death penalty” that bars him from ever holding public office in the state. Blagojevich had ignored the Senate impeachment trial all week to take his case to the nation through TV talk shows. But Thursday, he came to the Capitol to offer a passionate 47-minute defense.

The action came after a four-day impeachment trial on allegations that the Democrat had abused his power  trying, among other things, to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.

During several hours of deliberations, senator after senator stood up to criticize Blagojevich, the first chief executive in Illinois’ long history of political corruption to be impeached and convicted.

“He reminded us today in real detail that he is an unusually good liar,” Republican state Sen. Matt Murphy said. “We bent over backward to make sure that this process was fair.”

After the 59-0 vote, Democratic Lt. Gov. Patrick Quinn signed the oath of office and became the state’s 41st governor. Among the problems awaiting him is a budget deficit of as much as $5 billion.


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