The Washington Times - February 12, 2009, 10:17AM

Rod Blagojevich says Illinois’ capital is full of anonymous lawmakers who cheat on their spouses and drink too much, the Chicago Sun Times is reporting.

“This is how the system in Springfield works,” Blagojevich said during a morning radio show. “Nobody knows who they are [in Springfield]. They’re away from their families. It’s a whole different world down there.”


The impeached and deposed governor told a story about an unnamed lawmaker whose wife caught him cheating with his secretary and demanded she be fired. The lawmaker asked Blagojevich to hire the secretary so he could continue his affair with her.

“I don’t want to be too judgmental, but these same guys get up and they get holier than thou on their soapboxes, and there they are doing that sort of thing,” Blagojevich said.

The “If you think I’m bad, take a look at this” defense doesn’t hold up in a court of law — or public opinion.

I think Blagojevich was giving his reasons why tourists should visit Springfield — you know, a testimonial.

Having your moral failings pointed out by Rod Blagojevich is like: 

• having your fist fight refereed by Mike Tyson.

• having your dental work criticized by a professional hockey player.

• having your tax return audited by a Democratic Cabinet nominee.