Il. Passes Rule To Block Popular Candidate From Running For Governor

( Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois and a convicted felon, is putting up a legal fight against a resolution from the state General Assembly that disqualifies him from running for office again. It follows his impeachment in 2009.

Blagojevich, a Democrat whose 14-year prison sentence was commuted by President Donald Trump, is looking to obtain a permanent injunction from a federal judge that would declare the ruling that he cannot run for election to be unconstitutional. On Monday, he told journalists outside of the courthouse that he doesn’t necessarily have plans to run for office again, but doesn’t want to rule it out.

Running again, however, would be a stretch. The former governor was convicted of attempting to sell a United States Senate seat – the one vacated in 2008 when Barack Obama was elected.

In 2009, during an impeachment hearing, Governor Blagojevich was removed from his position in a unanimous 59-0 vote. In a separate vote, it was also unanimously decided that he could not seek any nonfederal public office in the state of Illinois.

After being released from prison, he was also banned from practicing law, following a ruling from the Illinois Supreme Court, but he also told journalists that through his legal efforts he is looking to regain his law license.

After being found guilty of serious corruption, Blagojevich has a serious fight on his hands to build credibility and trust. And, if he were to run for office again, it’s not clear which party would even take him. He may feel some allegiance to the Republicans after President Trump commuted his sentence, but why would the Republicans want to endorse a candidate like that?