Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will not resign but will fight federal corruption charges against him, his attorney said Monday.
Attorney Ed Genson told reporters in Chicago, shortly after meeting with Blagojevich Monday evening, that the governor will not resign.
"He's not stepping aside," Genson said "He hasn't done anything wrong. We're going to fight this case."
The Illinois House voted 113-0 Monday to open impeachment proceedings against Blagojevich, who was arrested last week on federal charges stemming from an alleged effort to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama to the highest bidder.
Democratic House leaders in the state capital decided, however, against immediate consideration of a plan to strip Blagojevich of his authority to appoint someone to serve the remainder of Obama's Senate term, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Good for Blagojevich. Chicago Democrats are just trying to scapegoat Blago in the hope that all this whole mess blows over, thus removing the stink surrounding Barack Obama and all his corrupt friends. From Tony Rezko to Rev. Jeremiah Wright to William Ayers, this scandal is the start of four years that could make the Slick Willie years serendipitous by comparison. How in the world are all of Obama's Chicago homies, mentors, partners and associates so shady, yet Obama, born from this lot of corruption, is left to run the country with the most powerful job in the world? God help us all.