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Blago Calls Illinois Pols Drunkards and Adulterers

Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has some final words for the media after he announces his choice of former Ill. Attorney General Roland Burris to fill President Obama's Senate seat Dec. 30, 2008 in Chicago. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

Disgraced former governor Rod Blagojevich can't control himself. In his latest tirade aimed at the Illinois lawmakers who impeached him, Blago accuses his home state legislators of being a bunch of drunkards and adulterers.

"A bunch of them are cheating on their spouses. A lot of them drink in excess. Very few of them know what's going on. They just take their marching orders from legislative leaders, and then the legislative leaders have to do things for them to keep them happy," Blagojevich tells WLS Radio's "Don Wade and Roma Show."

The state lawmakers are rolling their eyes.

"We're watching a guy destroy himself in front of our eyes," says Democratic state Rep. John D'Amico of Chicago, according to the Associated Press.

Blagojevich has been lashing out at just about every single politician in Illinois, including Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown tells the AP that Blago is completely coo coo for Cocoa Puffs.

"He's just a very confused and troubled human being," Brown says.

At the end of the day, none of Blagojevich's frantic accusations against his former colleagues will make any difference in saving his own hide. Unless, of course, he can produce evidence of illegality in the Illinois state government (which is looking very unlikely).

Blago's days as a free man could be numbered. He's expected to be indicted on corruption charges by April for allegedly plotting to sell President Obama's Senate seat, among other pay-to-play schemes.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  February 12, 2009; 10:05 AM ET
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....and he could be right!!!

Posted by: rahard | February 12, 2009 10:15 AM | Report abuse

He's absolutely right. Have you ever been to Springfield? Not much to do there but drink and ah... adulterate.

Posted by: CannonFodder | February 12, 2009 10:33 AM | Report abuse

Well, of course they're drunks and adulterers, they're politicians. It's like calling a banker greedy or a movie star vain. Blago needs better material, the performance art cavalcade is running out of steam.

Posted by: danconley | February 12, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

He has a point of merit.
Let him continue to explain who they are.

We have to give him a benefit of doubt until he proves others.

Posted by: kimphd | February 12, 2009 11:07 AM | Report abuse

@kimphd: No, the benefit of the doubt expired weeks ago. It would be nice if we could just manage to ignore the b(uzz)ard.

Posted by: junkcatchermail | February 12, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

I continue to be amazed every time Blago proves right my assumption:
That he is a classic, clinical case of Narcissistic Personality Disorder.
This latest tirade is just one more example, as "blaming others for problems they have created" is a classic trait of NPD when you look in the DSM-IV.

Rarely do we get to see a great example of NPD so brilliantly and gleefully proven.
I love it.

"Madigan spokesman Steve Brown tells the AP that Blago is completely coo coo for Cocoa Puffs."
That is an insult to the Cocoa Puffs Cuckoo, and should be retracted.

Posted by: JMGinPDX | February 12, 2009 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Yes they are......and you're point?

Posted by: Hoffmann1 | February 12, 2009 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Talk about the pot and the kettle!

Posted by: jacnl | February 12, 2009 11:20 AM | Report abuse

The point on the NPD in the DSM IV, whatever... Blago is an idiot but as Gov he is also clearly an ego maniac. To put out your diagnosis that he has a bona fide mental illness says that you are the one that needs labels to rationalize things and exorcise yourself of responsibility...My guess is that you don't have any problem with Blago's civil rights being stepped on and that you would fit in nicely in Nazi Germany circa 1930's. DSM IV, please. He is simply drunk with power and a true knucklehead.

Posted by: moveAhead | February 12, 2009 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps if we ignore him, he will go away???

Posted by: Redbone | February 12, 2009 12:12 PM | Report abuse

He makes it look like a bad thing.

Posted by: canoeman | February 12, 2009 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I keep thinking that Blagojevich -- after his brief sojourn behind bars -- could find the same rewarding career as other celebrities as Brittany, Paris, etc.

Until then, I'd like to go on record that I have had enough Blago stories for a while, a long while.

Posted by: ChokoChuckles | February 12, 2009 1:01 PM | Report abuse

I agree this man seems to have an ego problem and maybe even a problem with taking personal responsibility; yet I cannot seem to think that to date there have been no formal criminal charges filed against this man yet we all assume based on what we DO NOT KNOW that he is guilty and should have been removed from office. Scary

Posted by: rmccr | February 12, 2009 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Why do I have the feeling this guy will wind up doing walk-ons in bad movies so the whole country can play "isn't that old what's-his-name"?

Posted by: eldergent | February 12, 2009 1:13 PM | Report abuse

rmccr, I'm going to assume you don't live in Illinois. If you did, you would realize that the impeachment was hardly a "rush" to judgement, and in fact should have happened long ago. The Senate seat stuff was only a small part of it.

Blago has been under federal investigation for more than 3 years and just about anyone who works for the state has horror stories to tell about his gross mismanagement, cruelty, vengefulness and just plain crookedness. There were also plenty of abuses of power that weren't necessarily criminal but were definitely unconstitutional.

Some kind of criminal charges were going to be filed this spring anyway -- Fitz admitted as much. I fully expect that when the indictment does come, it will contain dozens of charges, carrying perhaps decades of potential prison time.

That being said, the members of the legislature who impeached him are for the most part certainly not saints, and some have likely indulged in the same sins Blago has; but does that mean they should have just let him get away with it? "Everyone else is doing it" is not an excuse that flew with my parents. It should not fly with our elected officials either.

Posted by: Elaine11 | February 12, 2009 3:34 PM | Report abuse

The Al Capone-type style of Chicago politics has it's wheelers and dealers. Blago knows too much, and the Machine is just out to discredit him because he did not appoint who Rahm Emmanuel and Obama wanted in the Senate seat. This quid pro quo politicans' game goes on all the time amongst most of our elected officials---do not kid yourselves! It is not an exclusive Blago happening. He is just serving as their scapegoat.

Posted by: roosterrex | February 12, 2009 6:32 PM | Report abuse

Hey, hey, hey, now he's done it. There's no reason to be insulting drunkards and adulterers like that.

Springfield is mostly a bunch of dim witted buffoons with bad hair and even worse suits who would be failed insurance salesmen or ambulance chasers if they hadn't been lucky enough to nab a state house or senate seat.

Posted by: fromillinois1 | February 12, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Let the man talk... the Nation could learn some of the ugly truth. He maybe guilty, but until proven, let him talk, let him have his say. He maybe NPD as described, he really does come off that way... but on the other hand, let him go off a bit, let's listen.

Posted by: bluehorse1456 | February 12, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

Blago will be very popular and sought-after when he is in prison. He will discover what adultery is really like, as he played the harlot in governor's mansion, so now he gets a new chance in a bigger house.

Posted by: arthur_ide | February 13, 2009 10:06 AM | Report abuse

It's looking more & more like Blago's "the fall guy," but regardless, what he says about legislators being "drunkards & adulterers" can be taken as "Gospel," & I think we all know that. However, these hedonistic, shameful behaviors are not limited to Illinois politicians, these behaviors are rife among ALL politicians, & when they're not drinking & "adulterating," they're lying, deceiving the public, & will do ANYTHING to hide their many "sins," as their greatest sin is their pride, arrogance, & attitudes of entitlement. How do I know this? From personal experience. I LIVE IN FLORIDA...the corruption capitol of the "kingdom."

Posted by: ctuck622 | February 13, 2009 10:08 AM | Report abuse

It has been real clear to a lot of people that have watched this man's in the past . Yes he is brash ,off the wall , and down right weird at times . But he has always had a good heart for the down and out . It is plain he has not been in the click of the democrats or republicans in Illinois. I have a real fear this man has been set up with twisted set of tapes taken out of context to dump him . We all might better watch our city , county ,state , federal governments . A hold lot closer . We have brought this country down to a corrupt leadership of self intrest and pleasure seekers . I as well blame we voters for not taking the time to look at who we vote for in egnorance . I here people say I vote party and leave the rest to them . We better start knowing who these parties are pushing . The trash in both parties need to be taken out . We don't have a clean or dirty party to chose from any more . The trash in both are spoiling the system . We also can't keep making one issue votes . It just sets the system up for the crooks that profit off the lack of fore sight of the voters to fill their pockets and freinds pockets. With our hard earn tax money . Time these people earn their pay and not sell our votes for profit .

Posted by: texaskbar | February 13, 2009 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow! It is interesting to read the varied comments. Above all, we must remember that there are many puppets in politics, as well as business. This man thought he was supposed to do the things he did, either b/c everyone else around him was doing it, or he is sadly misinformed and clearly mentally ill. He has never once taken responsibility for what he did. Could the wiretap be manipulated and perhaps being taken out of context in order to condemn him? I don't know? Does anyone know? Illinois politics is a whole world within itself. We lived in Chicago for eleven years when Mayor Daley Sr. was in charge. Believe me, it is as formidible an establishment as any DC collaboration. Mr. B.'s claims about his (former) colleages are probably right on. He's a drowning man. He's likely to say anything that will take the heat off of him and put it on someone else. He is a condemned man. Neither side will extend a helping hand now.

Posted by: patrioticlady | February 13, 2009 3:53 PM | Report abuse

Alas, further evidence that envy is truly a deadly sin. What does Illinois do now for comic relief?

Posted by: robertthegood | February 13, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

(Laughing)...I actually can't believe that he would do something like that in order to embarrass the whole legislative team. If it was true, then there's no need to tell the whole state, better yet the country, what their personal business. He's a grown man doing some CHILDISH stuff. He's just mad because he loses his position in the state legislative chair. He need to grow up and move on. What is done is done.

Posted by: ChaniquaF | February 13, 2009 7:28 PM | Report abuse

(Laughing)...I actually can't believe that he would do something like that in order to embarrass the whole legislative team. If it is true, then there's no need to tell the whole state, better yet the country, with their personal business. He's a grown man doing some CHILDISH stuff. He's just mad because he lost his position in the state legislative chair. He need to grow up and move on. What is done is done.

Posted by: ChaniquaF | February 13, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

That this man *ever* got to be governor is very sad. Blago calling out anyone else for bad behavior is laughable.

Posted by: vegasgirl1 | February 13, 2009 7:46 PM | Report abuse

Thank you for keeping Blago in print...for a moment I thought we lost him.

Posted by: LarrySchatz | February 13, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hey, this guy may have the makings for a good Republican. He seems to have passed the first lesson: Blame everyone else for your own stupidity!

What a dream team, Palin and Blago. SNL would reach new heights!!!

Posted by: clgrafton1 | February 17, 2009 9:21 AM | Report abuse

And yet, clgrafton1... he is a Democrat, after all. How surprising!

Posted by: roanns | February 17, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

I hope the movie is the animated style because Blowgo need very special effects to bring his brain to the big screen.

Posted by: Americanworker | February 17, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Moveahead should return to the bunker he escaped from

Posted by: Americanworker | February 17, 2009 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Blago in fact is the new José Canseco of Politics. The only problem? The Illinois voters just don't care.
This apathy has to be a genetic flaw as no community can't be this stupid.
The politician have screwed the voter so long they don't even tell them they love them anymore. It is today what it will be tomorrow. Business as usual.

Posted by: nnafpw3 | February 18, 2009 1:04 AM | Report abuse

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