Scroll down for updates…Allah’s got vid…bonus poetry recitation!
Man, is he milking it or what?
Gotta love the histrionics. Blago’s press conference was a “big &$*%^^ you” to Rahm Emanuel (who got name-checked while Blago touted his health care heroism) and the Illinois legislature.
Most delicious: The human shield strategy.
Blago’s healed women with breast cancer, saved children, and wants to keep families from losing their homes.
How dare he be impeached!
Meantime, this development in the Burris story, via Chicago S-T:
A potentially troublesome new detail emerged about Roland Burris’ controversial U.S. Senate appointment Thursday after a state House panel voted unanimously to recommend Gov. Blagojevich be impeached.
For the first time, Burris indicated that he asked Blagojevich’s former chief of staff and college classmate, Lon Monk, to relay his interest in the Senate seat to the governor last July or September.
“If you’re close to the governor, you know, let him know I’m certainly interested in the seat,” Burris said he told Monk.
That testimony appears to differ from an affidavit Burris submitted to the impeachment panel this week in which he stated he spoke to no “representatives” of the governor about the Senate post prior to Dec. 26.
Federal prosecutors, who identified Monk as “Lobbyist 1” in their criminal complaint against Blagojevich, indicated they tapped Monk’s phone in November as Blagojevich moved to fill President-elect Barack Obama’s Senate seat.
Whether the new Monk detail poses any threat to Burris’ efforts to persuade Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to allow him to be seated isn’t clear, but Republicans on the state impeachment panel see a contradiction.
“There is an inconsistency between his testimony and the affidavit,” said state Rep. Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs). “I’ll leave it to Sen. Reid to determine what value that has to their process.”
Update: Durbin stands in the Senate door. RAAAAACIST! Won’t seat Burris with the SecofState signature.
Update: SecofState signs off.