Blagojevich Speaks at Impeachment Trial

January 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
Ever since he was arrested on corruption charges, the governor of Illinois has denied all accusations. Now, Rod Blagojevich is having his final say in front of the people trying to remove him from office.Illinois legislators had planned to proceed without him, but Thursday, embattled Governor Rod Blagojevich finally made it to his own impeachment trial.

"I'm here to talk to you, to appeal to your sense of fairness, sense of responsibility, your commitment to the constitution," said Governor Rod Blagojevich.

Much as he did during his media blitz, Blagojevich blamed a hostile legislature for his impeachment suggesting it was his efforts to help the people that got him into trouble.

"Think about all the good things we've been able to do for the people, give me a chance to stay here so we can roll up our sleeves and continue to do good things for the people," said Blagojevich.

Most of his colleagues doubt anything he said will have an impact on their decision. Tuesday, legislators heard F.B.I. tape recordings of the governor and his brother allegedly discussing how to squeeze a horse racing executive for campaign cash.

"It's sad and it's sobering and it makes me sort of sick to my stomach," said Illinois State Senator Dan Cronin.

Even Blagojevich's neighbors said the damage is done. "He's going to get a little more show time then I think his fifteen minutes are over," said Neighbor Mark Brodner.

The vote to remove him from office could happen as early as Thursday afternoon, leaving Lieutenant Governor Pat Quinn in charge. "Preparing for succession is necessary. We want to make sure the people of Illinois, their safety is protected," said Quinn

A vote on whether to ban Blagojevich from political office in the future will take place immediately following the vote to remove him from office.

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