Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who lost his governor’s seat and the right to run for elective office in 2008 after he was arrested for corruption, including for attempted selling of Barak Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat for campaign cash, filed a lawsuit against Illinois for booting him, Politico writes, noting that the ex-con is also trying to get back the right to run for office.
Filing the lawsuit in the same federal courthouse in Chicago where he was convicted, Blagojevich pointed he’s not sure he will run for anything if he manage to eliminate the legal hurdles for that, but said he wants to keep his options open.
The self-proclaimed Trumpocrat was released from prison in February 2020 after serving eight of the14-year sentence upon Trump’s decision that was sharply criticized by both parties in Illinois.
The Illinois House almost unanimously impeached Blagojevich in January 2009 and the state Senate followed the suit, making him the first Illinois governor in history to be removed by lawmakers.
Blagojevich now claims in his lawsuit that the effort made by legislators to impeach and out him was unconstitutional although he himself isn’t confident about his chances of winning but was confident enough claim that the case against him was a travesty of justice.
Being considered radioactive in Illinois political circle, former rising political star Blagojevich now earns a living mainly by consulting and giving paid speeches considering he also lost his law license upon being convicted of felony crimes.