Editorial: Blagojevich is free. That doesn’t mean he should ever be on a ballot again. – STLtoday.com

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The most sensational allegation was that, after the 2008 presidential election, Blagojevich plotted to receive something of value in exchange for his power to fill the vacant U.S. Senate seat of the new president-elect, Barack Obama. “I’ve got this thing and it’s [expletive] golden,” Blagojevich said, as federal investigators secretly listened in. “I’m not just giving it up for [expletive] nothing.” What a perfect encapsulation of this man’s view of public service.

Even more shocking was Blagojevich’s attempt to shake down the chief executive of a children’s hospital for political donations, with a threat to cut off state funding to sick kids if he didn’t get what he wanted.

The Illinois Legislature — controlled then as now by Blagojevich’s fellow Democrats — impeached him in early 2009, before his two federal trials had played out. This was legitimate, as the evidentiary standards for impeachment are far lighter than those for criminal conviction. The state Senate, after voting to remove Blagojevich, also voted to bar him from holding future political office in Illinois. This, too, was legitimate. States are allowed to set standards for officeholders within their borders, and what more reasonable standard could there be than not having demonstrably betrayed the trust of the voters already?

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August 8, 2021 at 01:19PM

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