Memogate? Spokespeople sound off

Memogate? Spokespeople sound off

Posted by JP on Wed, 06/11/2008 - 22:13

I’d already filed my story when the governor’s office got back to me with a fresh comment. It should make the paper but here’s what Blagojevich spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff – who once worked for Madigan – had to say about the impeachment memo.

“The divisive and under-handed tactics exposed in Memogate only weaken public trust. Speaker Madigan owes it to families who are struggling through this economic slowdown to do everything possible to create jobs and stimulate the economy. He should join the governor and other three leaders in supporting a $34 billion statewide infrastructure and jobs plan.

Madigan spokesman Steve Brown also got back to me Wednesday night. Here’s a selection of his comments.

Regarding the memo, which he said was compiled by campaign staff.
”It is what it is.”

Regarding House Republican leader Tom Cross saying the memo was a scheme to lie.
“That was an interesting choice of words to defend the governor.”

Regarding Senate President Emil Jones Jr., a Chicago Democrat, criticizing Madigan for effectively promoting impeachment of a fellow Democrat.
Whether Jones thinks we’re going to follow this guy over the cliff … I don’t know. But most Democrats aren’t going to do that.”

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