Illinois GOP urges Trump not to set Blagojevich free

Sep 2012
First Arapio, now this guy. tRump once again displays his fondness for corrupt politicos. IL GOP...not so much.

Illinois GOP urges Trump not to set Blagojevich free
The Illinois Republican Party's chairman is urging President Donald Trump not to follow through on the idea he broached this week of freeing imprisoned former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

im Schneider said in a written statement Friday that officials found guilty should serve their full sentences, especially in a state where he says "corrupt, machine-style politics is still all too common."
Trump, a Republican, told reporters Wednesday he believed the seven years the Democrat Blagojevich has served on a 14-year sentence for corruption was enough.

Schneider told The Associated Press that his statement wasn't sent to Trump but "was directed at anyone who would receive it." He said state Republicans respect Trump but disagree on releasing Blagojevich.

Schneider said he doesn't believe the White House has consulted Illinois Republicans about the matter.
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Feb 2011
Boise, ID
Blago seems like a pretty easy guy to hate, and I certainly have no soft spot for corruption or for his politics whatsoever, but a while back I remember reading a pretty objective argument about why his sentence was overkill. If he's let out soon rather than in 2024, why is that the end of the world? It's not like he's reinstated as governor when he's let out.