(CNN) – President-elect Barack Obama Wednesday joined calls for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign.
"The president-elect agrees with [Illinois] Lt. Governor Quinn and many others that under the current circumstances it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois," Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said.
On Tuesday Blagojevich was arrested on federal conspiracy charges. Prosecutors alleged in their complaint that Blagojevich pressured candidates to replace Obama in the Senate for campaign contributions and other benefits.
Gibbs said Obama also supported legislation that will be considered by Illinois lawmakers on Monday to authorize a special election to choose his successor.
Obama believes Illinois lawmakers should "put in place a process to select a new senator that will have the trust and confidence of the the people of Illinois," Gibbs said.
Think about this: According to the affidavit, this behavior of Blagojovich and company has allegedly been going on since day 1. Before that... remember Ryan? He's in prison right now for corruption. We here in downstate Illinois are constantly forced to live under the goverment that Chicago selects for us, and it has been nothing but corruption for decades. Now do you think for a second, that this Chicago political machine would have allowed a "clean-cut, honest guy" (if that's what Obama is) to rise as quickly as he did, if at all, if he wasn't a player? think about it, if you and your "organization" were commiting all these crimes, would you allow an "outsider" in on it? Absolutely not – he'd get you busted in a heartbeat. I'm just speculating, but I can't help but think that anyone that rose to this level of power within a govenment as chocked-full of crime and corruption as Illinois, would almost had to have been a "player" himself. I live in Illinois and I had never even heard of Obama until a few years ago. I hope it's not true, and if it is I think it will be "rationalized away", swept under the rug, because I believe that if they take the presidency away from him this country will be one giagantic riot from coast to coast.
Is there really anything to say out side of, "politic as usual"?
Bhupendra December 10th, 2008 1:40 pm ET
Mr Newly elected "To-Be" President – Let the lawmakers decide. YOu are not a president (jan20) not a senator. So just keep quite. This is one of you chicago ploitics friend. YOu can not wash hands from scandal. God know how many more is on way when your army of corrup people run over the white house. This is what I and 48 millions afraid of. Your team and friend circle are exposed.
sorry but that sounds like a bitter looser...I don't know who you refer by "we"
I hope you tell us what you think is going to happen instead of this sheet!
Not even in office yet and a scandal emerges...
LOL... oh yeah, there's your change!
Well its a bad news for Obama so it is for the Americans considering the high profile nature of this seat. However, it is important for the American people to stop pointing fingers to Obama until FBI investigation proves his involvement. Don’t condemn the man.
In Nigeria we say that if a man calls his property dirt can, his neighbors will use it to park dirt. Call your P. E a good name and the world will respect him. Call him a bad name and the world will disrespect him.
Frank's a liar. Ignore him.
Let's see here...
No film of money changing hands...
...No direct quid pro quo deal...
...just the rantings of a megalomaniac...
...and the right wing racist Obama-hating confederates on this board...
...have Obama guilty of corruption...
No wonder Repulsivepublicans/conservatives are going to be extinct...
Why ever would we be surprised when 98% of what goes on in politics is dirty and underhanded? How many elected officials made promises to get elected? How many appoint their cronies to big time jobs?
This idiot didn't ivent it, he was just not smooth enough to not get caught.
Obama and everyone else are right to call for his ouster.
If in an office someone does something stupid, then we should all get fired or blamed of it........Not! Stop insulting our intelligence.........
Some of you need to do some law!
Winter – this is a "no-brainer" even Bush could have gotten this one right. I'll wait for the tough calls before I shout praises from the mountain top.
obama really got some nerves, telling the illinois gov to resign,all the croocked thing he did ,he should have resigned from been the president!!!! Houston Tex
Why are they taping him in the first place?
I live in Illinois and I think Blago should resign. Obama was our last decent politician and Illinois lost him to the rest of the country. It is worth it because now Obama can do good for the whole nation, not just Illinois.
Meanwhile, we need to hose down our crooked politicians and lock them all away.
And if you believe that Obama didn't at least have knowledge of these corrupt activities, if not fully involved, then you're a fool. This is Chicago politics at it's finest and it's a team sport.
Between this and Rezko coming up, Obama will be lucky to make it to inauguration day without being indicted.
ALL politicians of ALL parties need to have term limits and should be "regulated" by ethics teams.
Lobbyists donating $$ is just as bad as what Blagojevich did. Think this is "only" Democrats? Pls see Sen. Stevens and Gov. Palin (it's all parties)
Dear Mr. president elect, You're better to come clean yourself before lecturing others. It is very obvious that your hand is not clean. I give you credits for knowing how to get away from it.
Republicans are still waiting for Obama to make his first mistake but he keeps getting it right. It's more than ridiculous to try to tie Obama to this scandal.
Obama may have talked with him but not about this. The truth will come out. The feds have the tapes. GOP should react to news, not react to what they think news will be. It does not work in the stock mareket, and it does not work in politics. But if you think Obama always lies then you probable are not open to the truth anyway or you just create your own truth.
I think Obama's campaign has been involved in Obama's replacement selection. Maybe even Obama. I don't know to what extent. They are involved, Rhalm and Axelrod, because that is what politicians do, especially Chicago politicians. Politicians are also bad to lie too.
Most times the lies are worse than the deed,
Great. Now it's time for Obama to go and do what he was elected for.
And the idiots start linking Obama to this? I can not help but think how many Obama haters are sore looser!!!
The media need to start reporting news, not making news!
Look you repub morons, a lot of good republican senators rubbed elbows with the likes of Larry Craig and that lunatic from somewhere down south, that was after the young senate pages. How about old Ted Stevens from Alaska. It was probably a Democrat that turned this evil person in, Some say it was Rahm Emanuel, and if he did good for him.
Unbelievable: "He feels he didn't do anything wrong," Blagojevich's attorney, Sheldon Sorosky, told reporters Tuesday night. "He hopes the people of Illinois have faith in him because he will be vindicated."
Why doesn't anyone ever just own up to their mistakes? What a weak, pathetic man.
Shame on you, Chicago!!
...and, the Cubs suck!
This is what happens when the legislatures rejected a recall measure, and Blago's 2006 opponent was the dragon-lady...
I voted for myself (write-in candidate option). Lets hope he resigns and does the state a favor.