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Ill. Gov. Blagojevich pledges to fight, won't quit
AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/19/08 | Jim Suhr - ap

Posted on 12/19/2008 12:28:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge

CHICAGO – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he is not guilty of any criminal wrongdoing and plans to stay on the job.

In his first official statement since his arrest on corruption charges last week, Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-Uh-vich) says he will fight until he takes his "last breath."

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The Democratic governor says he intends to "answer every allegation in a court of law."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections
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1 posted on 12/19/2008 12:28:52 PM PST by NormsRevenge
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Bring it on, Fitzmas!


2 posted on 12/19/2008 12:29:50 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

Thank you Santa!


3 posted on 12/19/2008 12:30:28 PM PST by frithguild (Can I drill your head now?)
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To: NormsRevenge

Go Blago!!

Fight and keep dragging it out!


4 posted on 12/19/2008 12:30:44 PM PST by Boiling Pots (my beloved USA has become one huge pyramid scheme. Thanks George, John, Nancy and Harry.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Go, Rod, Go!!


5 posted on 12/19/2008 12:30:53 PM PST by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney (Stuck Between Barak and a Hard Place(Pelosi))
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Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois address questions about charges brought against him of conspiracy and bribery, including allegations he was seeking to benefit financially from his appointment of a successor to the U.S. Senate seat that was vacated by President-elect Barack Obama during a news conference in Chicago, December 19, 2008. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes (UNITED STATES)


6 posted on 12/19/2008 12:31:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

They always say that they plan to fight to the end, then wind up resigning a day or two later. Still, I hope Blagojevich is the exception to the rule and tries and stick it out.


7 posted on 12/19/2008 12:32:53 PM PST by Non-Sequitur
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To: NormsRevenge

Good for him! I wonder what he knows. Hope he does not end up like Jimmy Hoffa.


8 posted on 12/19/2008 12:33:01 PM PST by NEWwoman
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To: NormsRevenge
Bring it on, Fitzmas!

Yea, maybe he'll wind up doubling Scooter's sentence when all is said and done.

9 posted on 12/19/2008 12:33:17 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: NormsRevenge
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10 posted on 12/19/2008 12:33:56 PM PST by j_guru
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To: NormsRevenge
A good defense for him is that heh I am innocent because everyone does it here in Chicago and I can tell you who has done it and has not been charged. I did nothing wrong because Rahm and Obama were doing it and they have not been arrested or charged. The whole heh, I was was going with the flow of traffic, why did you stop me may be his defense.

Hehehehehehe I sure hope so.
11 posted on 12/19/2008 12:34:02 PM PST by jrooney
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The gUb says Happy Holidays to you too, John Harris.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich's Chief of Staff John Harris
leaves the federal court after his arraignment in Chicago,
December 9, 2008. (John Gress/Reuters)


12 posted on 12/19/2008 12:36:00 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: jrooney

Stand tall, Blago.


13 posted on 12/19/2008 12:36:40 PM PST by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: NormsRevenge

You go Blago!!!


14 posted on 12/19/2008 12:39:00 PM PST by Random Access
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

Hehehehehe Lol! Yes stand tall Blago.

I was grinning from ear to ear when he said he would fight to his last breath. ;)


15 posted on 12/19/2008 12:39:13 PM PST by jrooney
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To: NormsRevenge
Barack Obama: The Bernie Madoff of Politics!
16 posted on 12/19/2008 12:50:31 PM PST by Cowboy Bob
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updated first paragraph for article
http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081219/ap_on_re_us/illinois_governor

CHICAGO – In an unwavering statement of innocence, Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday he will be vindicated of criminal corruption charges and has no intention of letting what he called a “political lynch mob” force him from his job. “I will fight. I will fight. I will fight until I take my last breath. I have done nothing wrong,” Blagojevich said in his first official public comments since his arrest last week on federal corruption charges.


18 posted on 12/19/2008 12:55:25 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: jrooney
I was grinning from ear to ear when he said he would fight to his last breath. ;)

Why? Do you really think Obama, as POTUS, can't clean this all up?

19 posted on 12/19/2008 12:58:49 PM PST by Cementjungle
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To: NormsRevenge
If I was Blago I would not go near Fort Marcy Park.
20 posted on 12/19/2008 1:05:23 PM PST by Uncle Hal
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To: jrooney

I was also grinning when he did his talk. This is the gift that keeps on giving.


21 posted on 12/19/2008 1:20:09 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: Uncle Hal

If I was Blago I would not ride that State airplane to Springfield either. Airplanes can fall out of the sky with little or no warning and with little or no reason (other than that missile up the exhaust or the bomb in the crapper) as to why. Fight Rod, fight! Go Rod, go! At least until your plea bargain is done and then Sing Rod, sing!

I’m thinking the hairstyle will have to go though or the witness protection program isn’t going to be of much benefit to him for an extended period of time.


22 posted on 12/19/2008 1:21:52 PM PST by RonInNaples
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To: LauraJean

I agree with you, since I live near Chicago. The longer Rod fights, the better it will be for Illinois Republicans, in 2010.


23 posted on 12/19/2008 1:22:12 PM PST by PhilCollins
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To: NormsRevenge

He’s got a good point.

When he says he did not do anything wrong, he is actually correct.

He did it the way you are supposed to do things in Chicago.

He didn’t do it “wrong”. /s


24 posted on 12/19/2008 1:25:51 PM PST by exit82 (It's all Obama's fault. And Biden is still a moron. They are both above their paygrade.)
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To: exit82

lol.. He just got caught isall.

The history of Illinois and Chicagoan politics and corruption goes way back. It’s close to an artform.


25 posted on 12/19/2008 1:28:49 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

Can’t help wondering what Fitz is thinking as he watches all this.


26 posted on 12/19/2008 1:30:43 PM PST by malkee
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To: malkee

I hope he had to loosen his shirt collar, his veins were so pumped up.


27 posted on 12/19/2008 1:32:07 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

28 posted on 12/19/2008 1:32:28 PM PST by DogBarkTree (Sometimes you have to let it go in order to get a Grip.)
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To: PhilCollins

That’s what I believe. Maybe with this scandal we can see a real two party system emerge. I am so tired of the combine.


29 posted on 12/19/2008 1:34:47 PM PST by LauraJean (sometimes I win sometimes I donate to the equine benevolent society)
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To: NormsRevenge

Good job Governor. You fight the good fight because you did not get to where you are by being a quitter. You did not do anything different than that all of those around you in Illinois have been doing and continue to do but they don’t get charged with anything. For that reason, I think you would convince the public and trier of fact that you did not do anything wrong by talking about and establishing all of the things that were done by those around you in Illinois, including the new president of the United States. Good luck Governor...


30 posted on 12/19/2008 2:22:41 PM PST by eureka! (The election does not depress me as much. Thanks Chicago Pols!!!)
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To: NormsRevenge

Fight on, Blago! Maybe you can take that POS Fitzgerald down.


31 posted on 12/19/2008 2:44:32 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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To: TigersEye

This dummy and his sycophants in the media are so dumb. We have become Nancy Graced as a nation. This guy even believes he can get off , because he thinks the evidence can be thrown out on a technicality. technically dummy they can throw you out cause they don’t like your hair. There are the same legal standards as a regular criminal trial when it comes to impeachment. No without a shadow of a doubt, not the same rules of evidence. he and the nation watches too many courtroom shows where because of the ferocity of someone’s defense means they are naturally not guilty. He’s gone, criminally he maybe to save his butt, on a technicality but as far as impeachment, he;s toast


32 posted on 12/19/2008 3:29:23 PM PST by pburgh01
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To: pburgh01

Could be. Hopefully he will take a bunch of crooks down with him including Fitzgerald.


33 posted on 12/19/2008 3:48:05 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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34 posted on 12/19/2008 5:07:07 PM PST by KellyM37
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To: KellyM37

We can always HOPE! lol


35 posted on 12/19/2008 5:35:08 PM PST by TigersEye (I threw my shoe at Mohammed and hit Allah in the butt.)
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To: NormsRevenge

Amrish Mahajan raise more than a half million dollars for Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s campaigns since 2001...Mahajan’s ties to Blagojevich run deep—including hiring the Democratic governor’s wife last year as a real estate agent on $5.7 million in private land deals

Nadhmi Auchi owns General Mediterranean Holding, a Luxemburg-based conglomerate with ... Mutual Bank, Anita and Amrish Mahajan,

Auchi provided the money for Rezko to buy Obama lot.

A former Illinois bank official, now claiming whistleblower status, says bank officials replaced a loan reappraisal that he prepared for a Chicago property that was purchased by the wife of now-convicted felon Tony Rezko, part of which was later sold to next-door neighbor Barack Obama.

The complaint said the Rezko loan was approved by Mutual Bank President and CEO Amrish Mahajan

This is just part of the information I found last night. More Here:

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2151323/posts


36 posted on 12/19/2008 6:53:18 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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To: hoosiermama

Thanks! Good job!

FR stands for Forensic Research too, yaknow :-}


37 posted on 12/19/2008 6:55:10 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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To: NormsRevenge

He needs to get Arlen Specter appointed to his legal team. Get Scottish law implemented as the standard of proof for his impeachment and he walks.


38 posted on 12/19/2008 7:30:19 PM PST by Lawgvr1955 (You can never have too much cowbell !!)
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To: PhilCollins

...and the more likely it rubs off on Obama.


39 posted on 12/19/2008 7:37:58 PM PST by PghBaldy (Why did Obama resign Seat when he did?)
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To: NormsRevenge
Ha Ha, he'll take down half of Obama's cabinet with him, the ones from Illinois at least! Obama should have waited before naming some of them, his presidency is already tainted badly & he's not even IN the White House yet!

This is priceless!!!

40 posted on 12/19/2008 8:37:35 PM PST by blondee123 (Never acknowledge a Marxist as President of the United States of America!)
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To: hoosiermama

Bump—good stuff, including the link. There’s so much there, it reminds me of the researchers on FR who were trying to trace the Clinton tentacles in Arkansas back in the old days....More information than I’ve seen from any “investigative reporter” here in Crook County...


41 posted on 12/19/2008 8:55:31 PM PST by Fu-fu2
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To: Fu-fu2

I’ve spent less than 24 hours collecting it with the help of a couple of freepers,

Think what Fitz must have with his staff, FBI, wiretaps and canaries.......

Merry FItzmas!

To be fair, many of the links on the thread are from investigative reporters. But some have suggested I send links to Drudge, Rush, Fox: Hannity, O’Reilly etc.


42 posted on 12/19/2008 9:04:34 PM PST by hoosiermama (Berg is a liberal democrat. Keyes is a conservative. Obama is bringing us together already!)
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43 posted on 12/19/2008 11:04:48 PM PST by jy8z (From the next to last exit before the end of the internet.)
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To: NormsRevenge

The real question to ask is why would anybody be willing to pay $1,000,000.00 for a 6 year position that pays $150,000.00/yr.? The answer is, because that special interests stuff their pockets with untold millions of dollars. Thus exposing how broke the system really is. Why are none of the news media both liberal and conservative not addressing this issue?


44 posted on 12/20/2008 1:28:53 PM PST by doc
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To: doc

Why are none of the news media both liberal and conservative not addressing this issue?

Thanks for the question ... One more reason to donate to FR

The Nazis excelled at PR .. the dems aren’t far behind.


45 posted on 12/20/2008 2:30:28 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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46 posted on 12/22/2008 6:11:07 PM PST by MrMarbles
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To: MrMarbles

Now, that would make quite the commemorative plate.


47 posted on 12/22/2008 6:48:18 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed)
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