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Blago Vows to Search for Real Crooks

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    Remember how O.J. Simpson promised to find “the real killers” after he was acquitted of murdering his ex-wife and her boyfriend? Now we know what former Gov. Rod Blagojevich will do with his freedom, if he’s spared a retrial on corruption charges.

    Blago is going to find the real crooks.

    “There are criminals out there, there are terrorists out there, there are corrupt politicians out there that they should pursue,” Blagojevich said in a shocking appearance Fox News Channel’s “Geraldo at Large” -- shocking mainly because no one knew Geraldo still has a TV show -- “And someone ought to pursue these people who did this to me.”

    Blagojevich has described himself as “a soldier for constitutional rights.” If Blagojevich goes free, he’s going to into business as The Illinois Avenger, fighting corruption all over our state. He won’t even need a mask. He can just let his bangs grow. A creative costumer can easily convert the jogging outfit into a superhero’s tights.

    Here’s a list of miscreants Blagojevich has already identified.

    • U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald: “This guy Fitzgerald is a master at indicting people for noncriminal behavior,” Blagojevich’s lawyer, Sam Adam Sr., said after his client was convicted of just one count of lying to the FBI. “This guy is going wild.”
    • Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Michael Madigan, State Senate President John Cullerton: “I was hijacked from office. Pat Quinn got there, and he made a deal with [Madigan and Cullerton] that he was going to sock it to the people and solve the problems of government on the backs of the hard-working people of Illinois ... not by making government more efficient.”
    • Actually, the entire Illinois General Assembly: “cackling politicians want to get me out of the way because there's a whole bunch of things they don't want known about them and conversations they may have had with me…”
    • Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel: In his book, The Governor, Blagojevich claims that Emanuel asked him to appoint a “placeholder” to his congressional seat. “Rahm understandably wanted to keep his options open,” Blagojevich wrote. “That’s what all good politicians do.”Governors can only appoint senators. Congressmen are replaced in special elections. But according to Blagojevich, Emanuel believed “his lawyers thought there was a way.”

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