Rumors are flying around Chicago that Governor Rod Blagojevich could resign as early as tomorrow. The reason given may be that he wants to devote full time to his defense from charges of corruption and fraud:
The Chicago Sun-Times on Saturday reported the governor may decide early this week whether to heed the multiple calls for his resignation after being charged in a wide-ranging federal corruption case.
Blagojevich left his Ravenswood Manor home Saturday morning, clutching a folder of papers. He was driven to the downtown law office of Ed Genson in the historic Monadnock Building just across the street from the Dirksen Federal Building, where Blagojevich will answer the charges against him.
Genson, who represented R&B singer R. Kelly, said he and Blagojevich will decide Monday whether Genson will represent the governor in the case.
The unpredictable Blagojevich may decide to stick it out - including keeping his prerogative of naming Obama's senate replacement. If he tries to do that, it may set off a donnybrook the likes of which haven't been seen in 100 years. There is reason to believe that senate Democrats would refuse to seat any senator named by Blagojevich not to mention the Illinois legislature who might repeal the law giving the governor that power, passing it over his expected veto.
What a mess.