Friday, February 03, 2006
Our Newest Op Ed
- By Michael M. Bates
From his boyish bangs to his dressed-for-success wingtips, Illinois Governor Blagojevich is a liar, a man whose word is meaningless.
That's not remarkable for a politician. What's noteworthy is that Rod himself is the one saying his political rhetoric can’t be believed.
Blagojevich has been sued by several former state employees who thought that he was sincere in his campaign promises. Specifically, they bought his seeming pledge four years ago that good workers need not fear losing their state jobs only to have them filled with Blagojevich lackeys.
Yet some prison officials, Republicans and Democrats alike, found themselves unemployed. When they sued, reported Monday’s Chicago Tribune, the governor's lawyers made an astonishingly candid argument.
They claimed that Blagojevich's promise wasn’t binding. It had been nothing more than "classic political puffery."....................
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