Monday, September 25, 2006

Blagojevich barbecue in Illinois, part two

Rich Miller's Capitol Fax does a good job keeping track of Illinois politics. In today's Southwest News Herald, Rich throws Governor Rod Blagojevich, a Chicago Democrat, back onto the fire.

An excerpt:

If you think Gov. Rod Blagojevich gets bad press now, imagine how harsh the coverage would be if we knew what he was hiding.

For instance, we know from sources that the governor’s own office and his various agencies have been served with dozens of federal subpoenas involving countless criminal allegations, but Gov. Blagojevich won’t even confirm receiving a subpoena. He won’t say how many subpoenas he’s received. He won’t say what the FBI is looking for.

Attorney General Lisa Madigan (My note, another Chicago Democrat) is supposed to issue a legal opinion on whether the governor has to comply with reporters’ Freedom of Information Act requests on the subpoenas. As of this writing, though, her office has been silent.

Just think of the nuclear explosion that would result if voters could finally see the details of what the feds are looking for and who they’re looking at.

Blagojevich is running for re-election this fall, he's opposed by State Treasurer Judy Baar Topinka, a suburban Chicago Republican.

The latest poll has "Blago" leading Topinka by 10 percentage points, but the poll was taken before JBT's latest ad blitz focusing on the $1,500 birthday check to Blago's then seven year-old daughter.

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