- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 2, 2009

SPRINGFIELD, ILL. (AP) - The Republican leader in the Illinois House says the indictment of Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY’-uh-vich) validates the General Assembly’s decision to impeach the former governor and remove him from office.

Rep. Tom Cross also calls the federal indictment a reminder that the state needs real political reform.

Another state GOP leader, Illinois Republican Party Chairman Andy McKenna, blames Democrats for empowering Blagojevich.

McKenna says Democrats supported Blagojevich’s 2006 re-election even as evidence against the former governor mounted.

He calls Thursday’s indictment an embarrassment for the state.

Blagojevich has maintained his innocence since his arrest last year.

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