Posts Tagged ‘Mecham’

29th January
2009
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?