Blagojevich fears vote a ‘Republican trap’

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Governor Rod Blagojevich says he fears next week’s vote could be a “Republican trap” to entangle presidential candidate Barack Obama in the gridlock over Illinois’ ethics legislation.

Governor Rod Blagojevich says he fears next week’s vote could be a "Republican trap" to entangle presidential candidate Barack Obama in the gridlock over Illinois’ ethics legislation. The Democratic governor says he worries Republican John McCain’s campaign will accuse Obama of helping his old friends in Illinois if state senators override Blagojevich’s veto on ethics legislation. Senate President Emil Jones said yesterday he decided to call senators back to work after Obama urged him to do so. If lawmakers go along with the ethics reform measures he wants, Blagojevich says Obama can brag about how he helped change the system in Illinois. But Blagojevich says he doesn’t think Obama should be dragged into any of this.  AP ______ Copyright 2008 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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