In the category of better late than never, outgoing Democratic National Committee chief Howard Dean called today on Rod Blagojevich, the Democratic governor of Illinois charged with egregious corruption, to step aside.
“The arrest of and complaint against Gov. Blagojevich raises serious concerns about his ability to effectively represent the people of Illinois. The conduct alleged represents a disgraceful abuse of the public trust. In the interest of the people of Illinois and all Americans, he should resign immediately. If he does not, I hope the Illinois legislature will take action,” Dean said in a statement.
Blagojevich, however, has given absolutely no indication he will heed the calls, louder and louder, to resign.
So the Illinois attorney general is threatening to go to court to have him declared unfit for office, and state lawmakers are preparing impeachment proceedings.
But those routes could take a while.
"That's one of the problems," attorney general Lisa Madigan said this afternoon on CNN. "You know, impeachment or a lawsuit could take an undetermined amount of time.
"But we have issues right now where we need a governor in place who can make decisions. And because of the unimaginable allegations that were in the federal complaint, it really calls into question absolutely everything that the governor has authority to do," she added. "So I don't see how we move forward right now, unless we have somebody with credibility and legitimacy serving as our governor. We don't have that now."
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