Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Blago calls fed prosecutors "cowards and liars"

Months of calculated efforts to influence his jury pool, such as his occasional hosting of a talk radio show and his appearance on "Celebrity Apprentice" may have gone to waste after our hair-brained former governor, Rod Blagojevich, shot his mouth off this afternoon. He called federal prosecutors "cowards and liars" at an impromptu press conference outside his attorney's office on Chicago's South Side.

Blago is demanding that the FBI-recorded undercover tapes that make up a large part of the corruption case against him be played in their entirety at his trial. That's because, in Blago's opinion, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald is perpetuating "a big lie" against the Chicago Democrat.

That's not all he said:

And the reason they won't play all those tapes is because they're covering up that big lie that foreseeably led to a chain of events that stole a governor from the people of Illinois and undid the will of the people.
Which led the Illinois Republican Party to release this statement:

The people of Illinois would like to know what response Blagojevich's running mate Pat Quinn, Blagojevich's campaign chairman Mike Madigan, and Senate President John Cullerton, who endorsed Blagojevich in 2006, have to say regarding this statement and the efforts of Federal prosecutors to clean up corruption in Illinois. These Democratic Party leaders enabled and supported Blagojevich. They should be held accountable.

In 2006, Pat Quinn said this about Blagojevich, "He's always been a person who's honest and one of integrity...I have confidence the governor does the right thing all the time." (Chicago Daily Herald, "Quinn suddenly has little to say about Blagojevich," October 20, 2006)

Does Democratic Governor Quinn still believe his running mate does the right thing all the time?
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