* The Sun-times had an excellent piece this morning…
Late Sunday night, [Gov. Blagojevich] said he would not resign, according to another person close to Blagojevich.
“He’s decided not to,” the source said. “He has no intention of resigning at this time.” The source cautioned, however, that the governor could change his mind as he continues to contemplate his situation.
* But there may be a mutiny afoot if he doesn’t leave soon…
A source says some of top deputies in the governor’s office have already written letters of resignation, but have not yet turned them in, fearing their departure would further paralyze a state in crisis.
I’m hearing pretty much the same thing.
ABC7 News has learned some of the governor’s dozen or so top staff members are considering resigning. Others in the group fear a mass exodus at the top would leave the state further adrift.
One top aide says staff members are encouraging Blagojevich to step-aside, at least temporarily. In that scenario, the governor would still collect a paycheck, but the legislature would be able to block him from returning to office.
* From the latest Rasmussen Reports poll…
* Should Rod Blagojevich resign as governor?
7% Not sure
* How likely is it that Rod Blagojevich will resign as Governor?
18% Very likely
22% Somewhat likely
34% Not very likely
19% Not at all likely
7% Not sure
There is a growing push by rank-and-file lawmakers to impeach Blagojevich. House Republican leader Tom Cross of Oswego is expected to meet with Michael Madigan to discuss it on Monday. Jones has not taken a position on impeachment, which could culminate in a trial in the Senate. He has cautioned against a rush to judgment against the governor.
Madigan, a Democrat representing Chicago, hasn’t taken any public position beyond saying Sunday that he will talk to the House Republican leader about the issue Monday.
David Dring, spokesman for House Minority Leader Tom Cross, said Republicans will step up the pressure on Democrats to remove Blagojevich, perhaps raising the issue on the House floor.
“If they won’t work with us, you’ll probably see some good theater,” Dring said.
* Related: Impeachment raises questions for lawmakers
* Earlier: Legislative survey on impeachment, resignation; Plus: Which state is the most corrupt?