Ill. politicians react to speech

January 29, 2009 3:53:36 PM PST
Former and current politicians watched as the governor made his final appeal and later as he was removed from office.Illinois House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie had high hopes for Rod Blagojevich when he was first elected 6 years ago. Currie says they shared the same passion for issues like health care and education. But Currie, who chaired the house impeachment committee, says when Blagojevich's own self interests took over he lost the edibility to govern.

"He's a good actor doesn't mean he is a good governor," said State Rep. Currie.

Currie said the acting continued with Blagojevich's hour long plea to save his job. It's a speech that Currie called vintage Blagojevich as he painted himself as an innocent man on trial who was denied his due process.

"This is not a criminal trial. The standards that apply for evicting him from office are nothing like the standards that apply if you're talking about ? putting him in the slammer. He will not make that distinction," said Currie.

Former state senator and democratic gubernatorial candidate Dawn Clark Netsch watched history unfold online. Clark Netsch says Blagojevich didn't win anyone over by showing up on the last day and refusing answer questions.

"There were a lot of other things that he could have done to actually present some evidence. He chose not to participate at all," said Clark Netsch.

Now that Rod Blagojevich has been removed from office, lawmakers say they must regain the public trust and move on as quickly as possible. It's something Senator Dick Durbin said he has already been working on.

"I'm looking forward to working with Gov. Quinn. We've spoken over the telephone, and I'm hoping we can get that conversation underway very quickly," said Sen. Durbin.