EDITORIALS

Who does the governor really think he is kidding?

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

If there is a bottom to the well of arrogance possessed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich, we have yet to see it.

It would be nice to think Blagojevich’s appointment of Roland Burris to the vacated senate seat of president-elect Barack Obama is the last shortsighted thing he will do.

But, we fear, that is nothing more than wishful thinking.

Blagojevich appointed Burris despite a statement from United States Senate Democrats a half-hour before the appointment, which said, “It is truly regrettable that despite warning from all 50 Democratic senators and public officials throughout Illinois, Gov. Blagojevich would take the imprudent step of appointing someone to the United States Senate who would serve under a shadow and be plagued by questions of impropriety.”

With that in mind, Blagojevich still went forward.

All Blagojevich could apparently think about was that he still had the power because, as he said in a press release, “The Illinois House of Representatives dropped plans to schedule a special election for the spot.”

When Blagojevich appointed Burris, a former Illinois comptroller and attorney general, he said, “(Burris) understands the people’s needs. With his experience and knowledge, I believe there is no one better suited to serve as Illinois’ next United States Senator.”

That is an interesting choice of words.

Are we really to believe Blagojevich cares about the people’s needs or would make our needs a priority for his selection? That is beyond laughable.

Compounding this situation is the fact that Blagojevich was able to find someone who would welcome his appointment. 

“I welcome the challenge that awaits us in the 111th Congress,” Burris said.

“I have faith in the record that I have forged over the last four decades, and am proud of my accomplishments as a public servant.”

It appears Blagojevich is not alone on the shortsighted Illinois politician list.

If we really have politicians in Washington, D.C., and Springfield who want to serve the people’s needs, there is a short list of things that need to happen.

First, the senate needs to live up to its promise to block Burris’ appointment, even if charges of racism follow.

Second, the general assembly needs to quickly move forward with impeachment or drop it and move forward with a special election.

Illinois residents deserve a resolution only our elected servants can deliver.

The time for them to act like public servants has arrived.