Blagojevich vows to keep working for Illinois

January 10, 2009 8:54:18 AM PST
It was vintage Governor Blagojevich as he dismissed the impeachment as a foregone conclusion. Hours after the vote to impeach him, the governor then took his case to the people who he says he pushed and prodded the system for.

"I took actions with the advice oflawyers to find ways creative ways to use the authority of the governor to get real things done for the people who rely on us and in many cases the things we have done have literally saved lives. I don't believe those are impeachable offenses.

Governor Blagojevich says his impeachment is the result of things he has done to fight for families.

On Friday, he presented some of those families and their stories including one women who's stage four breast cancer was detected as a result of a one of its kind program in Illinois.

"God forbid cancer is found like it was with that women in Humboldt Park. Then we'll treat that cancer and try to help save her life," said Blagojevich.

But Illinois political leaders say the damage he has done far outweighs any good.

"He's clearly doing harm and has been doing harm to the people of Illinois. He needs to resign. Enough of his ego, it's time to really get to work and nothing of consequence can get can take place in this state until he is gone," said Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.

But a defiant Blagojevich who has said he will not resign once again recited poetry from memory about the battles of King Ulysses.

"Strong in will, to strive, to seek, to find and not to yield," said Blagojevich.

And Lt. Gov Pat Quinn who would become governor if Blagojevich is ousted responded with his own poetic support for the governor to step aside.

"For more than self their country loved and mercy more than life. I think Governor Blagojevich needs to realize there are times in one's life when you have to put your country first," said Quinn.

Blagojevich says that is what he has been doing since he took office.

The governor's spokesperson says Blagojevich will continue to do state business including signing bills, issue pardons. He is also preparing for a budget address in February.