Diplomatic statesmanship in action
From the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — A state senator lashed out at Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Friday, alleging that his fellow Democrat threatened to withhold funding from his local university and to destroy his political career if he did not support a heath care measure.What a flair for the dramatic.
"He blew up like a 10-year-old child. If he had been my son I might have put him on my knee and spanked him,'' Sen. Mike Jacobs, D-East Moline, told reporters on the Senate floor Friday, after a private meeting with Blagojevich.
"I was intimidated. I was a little scared,'' Jacobs said. "There's security everywhere in there. I've got the governor doubling his fists, acting like he wants to punch me.''
In an e-mailed response, Blagojevich spokeswoman Rebecca Rausch said, "Of course we deny his description of events." She said Jacobs wanted a $75 million project in his district before voting for the health care plan, but Blagojevich wouldn't agree.
The scuffle came at the end of a contentious legislative session that on Thursday was supposed to have adjourned for the summer. That adjournment never happened because Democratic leaders couldn't agree on competing budget priorities.
And who's lying?