Mayor, Governor Refuse to Leave Office Despite Serious Scandals

Posted Jan 27, 2009 by Carol Forsloff
The State of Illinois and the City of Portland have one thing in common. Many citizens and other government officials want their head honchos out of office, and those leaders refuse to go.
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich
Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signs autographs
Photo by soundfromwayout
Governor Rod Blagojevich of Illinois and Mayor Sam Adams of Portland have both dug their heels in and aren’t budging.
Blagojevich took to the airwaves everywhere this week from the Today Show in the a.m. to prime time with Larry King Live. He addressed his constituency, which apparently is the nation since the programs are national, to let people know that he believes he has been wrongfully accused and suffered injustice like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi. He stopped short of associating himself with Jesus Christ. This week the Senate of Illinois took up the matter of Blagojevich’s impeachment, after the House had voted almost unanimously for it. Blagojevich’s response was to go on television and not even attend his impeachment proceedings. The Governor is accused of trying to sell Barack Obama’s former Senate seat.
The Mayor of Portland has another story. Sam Adams is openly gay, and the people of Portland knew that and voted for him for office. Oregonians like to pride themselves on being open enough not to worry about sexual orientation as a criteria for political office.They don’t, however, like dishonesty. They had been told by their Mayor that a young man was simply a friend and assistant when instead that friend, at age 18, was Sam Adams lover. When confronted with it, the Mayor hung fast, only to apologize this week for his lack of forthrightness relative to his affair, according to Oregon sources.
On Monday Adams told a couple of commissioners of his intent to remain in office. The Associated Press learned today from City Comissioner Randy Leonard that Mayor Adams intends to remain in office. Adams had told two other commissioners as well.
So far, the AP says, Adams has no comment. Blagojevich, as we have seen this week, has mad many comments. Who knows how long Adams and Blagojevich will hold onto their jobs in the midst of the scandals and calls for their resignations. Both Illinois and Portland citizens continue to express their concern about how long their government can hold on when the top administration official is involved in serious scandals.