A Republican senator said that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s arrest Tuesday could be the beginning of a shift where Democrats replace the GOP in voter’s minds as the party plagued by corruption.
The senator, speaking to a small group of reporters at a Capitol Hill restaurant, spoke about the Illinois governor when asked if the GOP can repeat in 2010 what it achieved in 1994, when it captured the House after the first two years of a Democratic president.
The senator at first stated that policy overreach and scandal during the Clinton administration’s first two years were the drivers behind the Republican revolution, and then said that Republicans fell from grace by becoming known for political sleaze.
“We became them … Now they’ve started out,” the lawmaker said, pointing to Mr. Blagojevich.
This senator also said that there is opposition within the GOP caucus to the temporary bailout being discussed for the Big Three auto manufacturers.
“I’m prepared to hold it. Some major changes need to happen before it goes through,” said the senator, arguing that there are not enough protections for taxpayer.
The senator said the White House has so far applied “zero” pressure on GOP lawmakers to support the bill.