Formerly convicted ex-Governor Rod Blagojevich is suing Illinois for the right to be able to run for elected office again. The former Illinois governor served eight of his fourteen-year sentence which was then commuted by former President Trump.
The Washington Examiner reports:
“I’m back from the dead. And it’s good to be alive again,” he told reporters on Monday outside a Chicago federal courthouse. “It’s about the people’s right to choose their own leaders.”
The 64-year-old Democrat said a desire to run for public office is not a certainty for him even though the lawsuit, if he wins in court, would permit him to do so.
The Illinois House voted 114-1 to impeach him, and the state Senate unanimously voted to remove him. The upper chamber also passed a resolution to prevent him from running for state and local office in Illinois moving forward.
Blagojevich accused the lawmakers of casting that vote unconstitutionally as he claims he was not allowed to call and question witnesses and alleged he was barred from his right to present potentially exculpatory evidence.
Blagojevich was arrested in 2008 for campaign finance violations after seeking political contributions for the then-vacated Senate seat held by former President Barack Obama.