No-Show Blago

“Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s administration claims hundreds of advocates favor his state budget ideas. But it’s releasing just four responses it received to a taxpayer-funded effort aimed at building broad support for his plan,” AP reports.

“The four endorsement forms, titled ‘I Support Governor Blagojevich’s Plan to Jump-Start the Economy and Protect Illinois Families,’ were released by the Department of Human Services in response to an Associated Press request under the Freedom of Information Act.”

Um, I’m not sure, but I think the word for this is “pathetic.” Doesn’t Blagojevich have more than four relatives he’s still on good terms with?

“Other state agencies, including the governor’s office, cited privacy concerns for withholding documents in response to the AP’s request, refusing to even acknowledge contacting anyone for support or receiving completed endorsement forms.

“But when asked whether Blagojevich was disappointed with just four responses, spokeswoman Abby Ottenhoff said the administration received 1,500 signed forms supporting the governor’s economic stimulus ideas, including a $34 billion construction plan. She did not provide any documentation to support the claim.”

Nor would she say – I’m guessing – whether she was one of the four.

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