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29th January
written by Sean Noble

So the Illinois State Senate voted 59-0 to remove Gov. Blagojevich from office.  Not surprising.  He is clearly a corrupt politician.  Even the most partisan of Democrats were running away from him as fast as they could.

This is the first impeachment and removal of a Governor since Arizona’s own Gov. Evan Mecham .  Mecham’s impeachment revolved around the misappropriation of funds.  He had loaned $80,000 from an inaugural fund to his car dealership, which he ended up paying back with interest.  Not clearly an impeachable offense, but he had rattled the establishment sufficiently to have every one gunning after him.  And he obviously did not do himself any favors with his habit of speaking before thinking.

No, the Blago impeachment was a much more standard-issue corruption case.  He had “this thing, and it’s (expletive) golden” and he wasn’t going to give “it up for (expletive) nothing.” 

Every time I think of Blago conspiring to sell the Senate seat for $150,000, I think of Dr.  Evil from Austin Powers and his demand for “One million dollars!” as if it is some enormous amount of money.  The reaction is, “Seriously, he only wants a million?”

I can just see the folks who were angling to buy the Senate seat.  Blago says “150,000 thousand dollars!” and they look at each other, thinking, “seriously?”  I mean, Jim Pederson spent like $12 million dollars trying to buy a Senate seat and he still didn’t get it.  Jim, dude, seats are going for a song in Illinois.

Ok, so here is the “twist” to all this. Remember, Mecham got impeached over $80,000 back in 1988.  Guess what that $80,000 would be worth today?  Yep, right about $150,000.  Interesting.  I guess you could say that Mecham is Blago’s mini-me… or is it the other way around?

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  1. 30/01/2009

    Good Stuff! I guess blago will be having a going out of business sale now. “Everything must go”

  2. Woody

    Blog is like Ev Mecham’s evil twin. After 20 years all but Mecham’s most virulent critics admit politically his biggest fault was bedrock beliefs and doing what he thought was right. When he died even the Arizona Republic recognized his WWII heroics, his American Dream success in business, and his devotion to his family. Mecham wasn’t in politics for Ev.

    When Blagojevich dies those who know him will either be on the street rifling through his pockets for change or wondering what dirt he knew that let him rebound and land a Cabinet position.

  3. AzRep

    With regard to Mecham’s “bedrock beliefs and doing what he thought was right,” my aunt was his employee for a long time. She was struck by his lack of business integrity and she is no prude. I worked with an attorney who was sued, along with Ev, because he assisted Ev in trying to steal an invention that a small inventor brought to Ev. Ev’s conduct in that matter led to a published case and is not pretty ro read about. Ev took $80,000 out of a government fund and loaned it to his struggling car dealership, without reporting it. He excused it by saying he paid it back with above market interest. Rick Renzi is facing prison time for doing something similar. As demonstrated many times, he was not above employing dirty tactics in a close race. Ev may have had strong conservative beliefs, but he was pretty flexible about getting what he wanted.

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