After a whole week of silence from Rod Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor resurfaced in the media Wednesday on WLS-AM’s “Don Wade and Roma Show.”
Every time Blagojevich embarks on another media blitz, he brings a new set of talking points that he repeats at each stop. This time he is accusing Springfield lawmakers of being a bunch of drunken adulterers.
“It’s a whole different world down there,” Blagojevich said. “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.”
He went on to say, “People are human and they make mistakes. But cheating on your wife and sleeping with your secretary, that’s the wrong thing to do.”
Blagojevich is right. That is the wrong thing to do. Some other wrong things to do include lying, excessively wasting taxpayer dollars, attempting to sell a U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, trying to withhold funding for sick children until a hospital executive makes a campaign contribution, and playing the race card at inappropriate times.
Blagojevich also disparaged his state senator, Senate President John Cullerton, for driving “around the neighborhood in a Jaguar.” He said Cullerton and House Speaker Michael Madigan “have been part of an effort to to prevent property tax relief for homeowners.”
The self-proclaimed “voice for the people” summarized his point thusly: “And, again, it’s the average guy in the neighborhood who’s getting screwed as they drive around, you know, working neighborhoods in Jaguars pretending to be on the side of the people.”
Much like when Blagojevich pretended to be on the side of the people as he regularly flew from Chicago to Springfield on a taxpayer-funded, state-owned airplane anytime he needed to do business in the state capital, because he refused to live in the Executive Mansion in Springfield so he could stay near the Chicago political machine that built him. It was the average guy in the state who got screwed as Blagojevich flew overhead, primping his hair and thumbing his nose at the rest of us.
The sad thing is, we’re still getting screwed by Blagojevich, even after he got kicked out of office – and he reminds us every time he returns to the airwaves.