Patti Blagojevich Weighs In on Poaching of Cecil the Lion

The former first lady of Illinois tweeted that Minnesotan Walter James Palmer should be extradited

Former Illinois First Lady Patti Blagojevich has weighed in on the controversy surrounding a Minnesota doctor who is accused of poaching a beloved lion at a game preserve in Zimbabwe.

“Extradite Minnesotan Walter James Palmer to face justice in Zimbabwe,” Blagojevich tweeted Wednesday, adding a link to a White House petition that has been signed by over 80,000 people.

“Cecil the Lion, a resident of Zimbabwe’s national park, and a national icon, was poached and killed this week,” the petition states. “Media reports in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere have identified American Walter Palmer, a dentist from Minneapolis, MN, as the poacher. He is alleged to have lured Cecil from the safety of the national park to kill him.

“We urge the Secretary of State, John Kerry, and the Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, to fully cooperate with the Zimbabwe authorities and to extradite Walter Palmer promptly at the Zimbabwe government’s request.”

Patti Blagojevich does not make frequent posts to Twitter. The site shows she has only posted 61 times since her first tweet in November of 2009. Yesterday she complained about being soaked at a gas pump, and a week ago she posted a single tweet, lamenting the decision of an appellate court that largely left her husband’s conviction intact.

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