December 10th, 2008
12:59 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama calls on Blagojevich to resign

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama is now calling on Blagojevich to step down."](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.

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soundoff (551 Responses)
  1. sglman4Obama

    Windy City corruption has once again swept through the State House of Illinois! and Jesse Jackson Jr. has his hands in the mess. Why does none of this surprise me? The most honest politician in Ill just became president. Integrity and decency left when Barack moved to 1600. The governors actions are not surprising if you know the history of the state!

    December 10, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  2. Dave

    Blago is a disgrace and should resign...or face the legislature come monday! When the President-Elect tells you to resign, that should be Rod's sign to take his bags and leave (to Club Fed, maybe). Do us, the taxpayers a favor, and just bounce....please?!

    It didn't surprise me that the Feds got him (he was going up the creek anyway), I'm surprised they got him yesterday morning. Best News I've Had all day yesterday!

    December 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  3. rich

    Well duh! What is he waiting on?! The man got caught with his hand right in the cookie jar. He has no defense other than the devil made him do it.

    December 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  4. S. Dukes

    I am so ashamed of this public servant

    December 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  5. LineBacker

    So where is "Innocent until proven guilty?" This kind of rush to judgment is going to be the hallmark of the Obamastration.

    December 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  6. Flip in NC

    I wonder how much that will cost him. Of course, the sooner he gets that guy out of the news the better off he will be. He also needs to make sure the corruption investigation stalls before it leads to his doorstep.

    December 10, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  7. Cal

    Wow just because Obama didn't bribe Blagojevich enough to get his vote in he goes after him. Now that's chicago style politics.

    December 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  8. Gen Patton

    Why? Because you are the "Annointed one"? What happened to innocent until proven guilty, which I believe he is guilty.

    December 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  9. Susan

    It's ABSOLUTELY OUTRAGEOUS this man would think he could get away with such a thing!!!! People want to think this type of stuff doesn't or wouldn't happen with our political officials who are supposed to have such high standards of trust, integrity and honesty. But I'm sure this thing happens all the time with many leaders who get too big for their britches. This guy just got caught!!! It's just downright amazing to me! I'm PROUD OF OBAMA for calling for him to resign!

    December 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  10. Mickie

    I don't personally believe one person should have the sole power to fill any position anyway. Especially not when it comes to an important post such as senator. There are just too many dynasties in this Country and the people have little say anymore.

    December 10, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  11. Tim in VA

    Barry should stay out of this. It's not his business. He should have done something when he was in the IL senate. He didn't do anything about the corruption when he had the chance. Why?

    December 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  12. G.R.I.T.S. - Girl Raised in the South

    I understand everyone's sentiments about effectiveness in office, but what happened to innocent until proven guilty?

    December 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  13. Irene Harney

    I believe Obama has the right idea. If the governor does not step down, we must impeach him. We have a Lt. Governor that is capable of running this state. Why would we want to have special elections and maybe loose the seat in the Senate? I worked in his first campaign and was at every downstate function. I'm outraged!

    December 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Keith

    Where are all the bloggers today for comment about the never-ending corrupt Dems and there leader Obama??????!!!!!!!!!!

    December 10, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. Ty

    I have come to realize that some people will do anything to advance themselve even throwing someone under the bus to advance his failing career, he had no plans on buying a plumbing busniess nor interested as a independent for fair justice, he is an Opportunist ait is true , that he is coming out with a book , what in the hell kind of light can he shed on politics or the ecomony.
    All i know is , john McCain open that door for him and of course look what he has done.
    If you didn't agree with his politics or the angle he was going , just say that, as a matter of fact why wait until after the election and pour salt on the womb, I am a obama supporter , and i did like the way John McCain ended the election gracefully, and will to work Bi-partisan to solve these US problem.
    You Name should be Changed from

    December 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  16. Theresa

    What did Obama know about Jesse Jackson Jr?
    What conversations did team-Obama have about their preferred candidate to replace Obama?

    Off to a bad start. Change is looking the same.

    December 10, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Bob Coen

    Why do you guys and all the MSM not mention the Governors party affiliation??? I watched the Today show this morning and in about 12 minutes covering the story they never referred to the Democratic Governor as that.
    Oh wait, thats right your all lefties and in the tank for Obama and the Democrats!! I forgot!!!

    December 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  18. Christopher

    Resign....that guy needs to be denied bail...what a dirt bag..

    December 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  19. Lala-Waxhaw NC

    I agree he should resign. This is such a tragic issue with the people of Illinos.

    December 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  20. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    The president-elect should say it himself.

    December 10, 2008 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  21. r sisk, nevada

    I guess once many elected officials get into office they think they are above the law. What an idiot!!! Did he think he would not get caught or did he just lose all common sense.

    Get this dork out of office and throw the book at him. He is a disgrace.

    December 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  22. energy

    Should the candidates for the special election include Republicans?

    December 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  23. Ed

    Two Words: Rick Moranis

    SNL, take it away!

    December 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  24. Capital Insider

    Obama, that is the right move! We should continue to call for the resignations of any corrupt politician out there, regardless of party affiliation. The good news is that Lt. Governor Quinn is a Democrat, so hopefully the new Illinois Senator is a Democrat too!

    As I have said many times before, corruption crosses party lines, this is nolonger about Republicans and Democrats trying to steal/buy elections, this is about turning this country around.

    We need to really investigate our elected leaders and hold them accountable for their actions. Lets get to the bottom of this.

    December 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  25. CSanchez

    Of course, he should resign and go to straight to jail. He is totally unbelievable. This man is a crook – not a servant.

    December 10, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
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