White House press secretary Dana Perino said Thursday that Bush thinks the situation is very serious and the "charges are astounding."Lt. Governor Pat Quinn says that the state of Illinois cannot afford to wait for a special election.
Perino said she had not spoken to Bush about whether he thinks Blagojevich should resign, as Obama and other prominent Democrats have suggested.
Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn today called on the Illinois House to begin impeachment proceedings against embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich next week, saying the state needs to move quickly to dump the governor if he won't resign.Illinois, please get with the picture and impeach him. Corrupt governors follow me and so far, none have resigned, nor have they been impeached. GET WITH IT!
Quinn said If he ascends to governor he would make one of his first orders of business the selection of a new U.S. senator to fill the vacancy caused by the departure of President-elect Barack Obama.
He said the new idea of holding a special election to fill Obama's replacement would be costly and could leave Illinois and the nation short of a senator for months at a critical juncture in history.