Rod Blagojevich has been removed from office by the Illinois Senate:
Illinois senators stripped Rod Blagojevich of power Thursday in the final act of a political drama that handed the reins of state government to his estranged lieutenant, Pat Quinn, and will likely end Blagojevich’s career in politics.
Senators voted unanimously to convict Blagojevich, 59-0 and shortly thereafter, Quinn was sworn in as Illinois’ new governor.
The outcome was never in doubt. In fact, Quinn went to the state Capitol earlier in the day in preparation of being sworn in.
The governor’s impeachment was triggered by his arrest last month on a variety of federal corruption charges. The criminal complaint against him included a long list of shocking quotes that portrayed Blagojevich as trying to auction off President Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat and pressure people for campaign donations.
I’m honestly surprised that he was ousted this easily. I thought he’d put up more of a fight, delay the proceedings. I can only conclude that he never understood what was happening to him.
Pat Quinn, the lieutenant governor, has been sworn in to replace Blagojevich as governor. Quinn has always struck me as a decent bloke.
I wish they’d done this a couple of weeks ago.