Chicagoans weigh in on Blago's media blitz

January 26, 2009 10:01:25 AM PST
At Eppels restaurant on the city's South Side, diners watched Gov. Rod Blagojevich's appearance on ABC's The View.The governor has taken his case to the morning talk show circuit. His public is giving mixed reviews.

"I don't -- it didn't change anything one way or the other. He can't answer, you know, any real questions. He's not really saying anything differently. You know, I do think he has to have his day in court. I agree with that, but I do think he's dirty," said Tracy Dantley.

"He's innocent until proven guilty, as we all know. However, I think Barbara (Walters) was asking him some wonderful questions and questions he didn't answer," said Lisa Pilot.

Blagojevich told ABC's "Good Morning America" he's using the public airwaves to defend himself because he's been railroaded by those conspiring to get him out of office.

"They should decide whether he's guilty or not. He shouldn't be working right now," said John Gruscka.

Speaking in an unrelated event, Illinois State President State Senator John Cullerton says the governor should be at his impeachment trial today and not on the morning talk show circuit.

"We took an oath to do justice, that's what we're going to do. He chooses not to come, you know, obviously, it will not help him. But our job is to do justice and make sure we are fair," said Senator Cullerton.

While some say the scandal has tainted Illinois, others say Blagojevich did do some good things for the state of Illinois.

"I got a little girl that i took out of the system seven years ago and the governor got a lot of beautiful programs out there to help. So actually I'm quite amazed," said Lynne White.

Many of the people who said they voted for Governor Rod Blagojevich both times now say they feel betrayed, but want to give him the benefit of the doubt. Most said they just want him to answer the questions.