Blago: To Impeach, Quit, or Stay?

What happens if he quits, is impeached, he's removed, or stays—and if there could be a special Senate election
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 11, 2008 12:13 PM CST
Blago: To Impeach, Quit, or Stay?
In this April 18, 2007, file photo, Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich speaks at the annual Illinois Governor's Prayer Breakfast in Springfield.   (AP Photo)

Many politicians, including President-elect Obama, have called on Rod Blagojevich to quit as Illinois governor, but Ray Long writes in the Chicago Tribune, there are other possible scenarios: He’s impeached, he’s removed, or he stays—and there’s also the chance of a special election to fill Obama’s Senate seat. Many rank-and-file state lawmakers favor impeachment, but top brass might not have the stomach.

State Attorney General Lisa Madigan, often mentioned as a possible Blagojevich foe in 2010, could ask the state’s top court to remove the governor on grounds the charges render him too disabled to govern. And despite all the turmoil, the feds say Blagojevich talked of financial troubles—a reason he might stay. And he could yet veto a plan for an election to fill Obama’s seat—and keep Blagojevich from making a tainted pick. (More Rod Blagojevich stories.)

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