Disgraced former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was freed from prison last year after former President Donald Trump commuted his sentence, apparently wants to get back into politics.
ABC 7 Chicago reports that Blagojevich is claiming that it was unlawful for the Illinois General Assembly to bar him from running for statewide office in Illinois after he was impeached and convicted on corruption charges in 2009.
In an interview with ABC 7 Chicago, Blagojevich complained that his civil rights were violated by both his impeachment and his subsequent ban from running for public office in Illinois.
"I could legally run for President of the United States, but I can't run for alderman of the 33rd Ward," he said. "That's unconstitutional to pass a law against one person that he or she can't run for anything."
Blagojevich, who was sentenced to 14 years in prison for his attempt to sell off Barack Obama's former Senate seat to the highest bidder after the 2008 election, got to know Trump when he was a contestant on his "Celebrity Apprentice" reality TV show.
After Trump got elected president, the former Illinois governor's wife, Patti Blagojevich, regularly went on Fox News to lobby the president to pardon her husband, who served just over half of his prison sentence before Trump freed him.
GOP's hopes of winning the Senate dwindle as Republicans struggle 'to land a single top recruit’: analysis
Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is hoping to win back GOP control of the U.S. Senate in 2022, but is already facing troubles, according to a new analysis by the Boston Globe.
Currently, the U.S. Senate is split 50-50, but Democrats hold control with Vice President Kamala Harris casting the tie-breaking vote. Historically, the party out of power tends to do well in midterm elections, which puts the wind at McConnell's back as he hopes to flip control of the body.
"But here is the thing about the GOP's chances: At this early stage, they are having problems getting good candidates to sign up. And while the historical trends look good for Republicans you can't win something with nothing," James Pindell wrote for the Globe. "Republicans have yet to land a single top recruit to run for the Senate anywhere in the country — even in places where they have an opportunity to flip a seat — and a good candidate could make all the difference."
Pindell looked at GOP recruitment in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, and New Hampshire.
In Arizona, Pindell says GOP Gov. Doug Ducey is "the top Republican recruit" to take on Sen. Mark Kelly (D-AZ), but has ruled out a bid as Trump continues to trash him for not overturning the election results in the state.
In Georgia, Republicans are struggling to recruit a candidate to run against Sen. Raphael Warnock. Trump has pushed former football player Herschel Walker, but that effort imploded when it was reported Walker threatened to murder his ex-wife.
In Nevada, Republicans are "pinning their hopes on getting former state attorney general Adam Laxalt in the race." Laxalt, who lost a bid for governor in 2018, is the love child of former Sen. Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of Republican Paul Laxalt, a former governor and senator in Nevada.
Former AG Laxalt has not announced a bid, but has been linked to Rudy Giuliani henchmen Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman.
In New Hampshire, Republicans are hoping to recruit a second GOP legacy politician, Gov. Chris Sununu. He is the son of former New Hampshire Gov. John H. Sununu, who served as White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush. He is also the brother of former congressman and senator John E. Sununu. So far, Republicans have failed to get Chris Sununu into the race.
"Those are the races that Republicans are having a hard time getting quality candidates to opt into running. Their problem is compounded by the fact that some Republican incumbents also are dropping out. Indeed, while every Democratic incumbent is running for reelection, five Republican senators are retiring: Senators Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania, Rob Portman of Ohio, Richard Burr of North Carolina, Richard Shelby of Alabama, and Roy Blunt of Missouri. If any of this group had run, they would have been considered favorites to win," the Globe reported. "The races that are the most interesting to watch now are all for seats held by Republicans. This means the GOP could be playing more defense."
Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) is responsible for GOP candidate recruitment as chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
‘Significant number of subpoenas’: GOP Jan. 6 Commission member reveals ‘a lot of people’ will be ordered to testify
One of the Republican members of the House January 6 Commission revealed Monday that Americans will see a "significant number of subpoenas" being issued to "a lot of people" ordering them to testify about he events of January 6, the day of the Trump-incited insurrection.
"I would expect to see a significant number of subpoenas for a lot of people," U.S. Rep. Adam Kinzinger told ABC News in an exclusive interview.
Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, "would support subpoenas to anybody that can shed light on that, if that's the leader that's the leader," Kinzinger added. "Anybody with parts of that information, with inside knowledge, can probably expect to be talking to the committee."
"If anybody's scared of this investigation I ask you one question, what are you afraid of? I mean, either you're afraid of being discovered, of having some culpability in it or, you know what? If you -- if you think it wasn't a big deal, then you should allow this to go forward," Kinzinger declared.
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