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Obama Calls for Blagojevich to Step Down

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Obama Calls for Blagojevich to Step Down

Rod Blagojevich with Barack Obama and Richard M. Daley at a rally for Chicago’s 2016 Olympic bid in April 2007. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

President-elect Barack Obama is calling for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign. Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs says the president-elect agrees
with other prominent politicians that “under the current circumstances, it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois.”

Blagojevich was arrested Tuesday, accused of scheming to enrich himself by selling Obama’s vacant Senate seat. The governor has authority to appoint the replacement. He denies any wrongdoing.

In response to questions from The Associated Press, Gibbs said Obama believes the Illinois legislature should consider a special election to fill the seat. Gibbs says the hope is to put a process in place to select a new senator who’ll have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois.

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