Blagojevich on the run
January 9, 2009 10:38 AM Subscribe
Blagojevich impeached by State House.
posted by zenon (78 comments total)
With only one dissenter Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich was impeached by the Illinois House of Representatives while out jogging (video)
. This is the first step for removing the governor from power. Next the state senate puts Blaggo on trail, and that is scheduled to happen shortly after Obama's inauguration in a couple of weeks.
Capital Fax Blog is reporting
that Blaggo is not going to resign, and the governer has scheduled a press conference this afternoon with an official response to the vote. Previously on Mefi
Note: Title shamelessly stolen from the NBC video.
Summary from the Capital Fax blog: "Removal by the Senate will require at least 40 votes, meaning that Gov. Blagojevich will have to find 20 votes to avoid removal. Impossible."
Rep. Milt Patterson (D-Chicago)
was the only vote against impeachment, and Elga Jefferies (D-Chicago) voted "present" (ducking taking a position on the issue).
Great presentation from the Chicago Tribune on the articles of impeachment here (pdf).