Finally, the truth behind political scandal that continues to rock the nation.
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THE GOVERNOR provides the most comprehensive look to date at
the life of a twice-elected public official in the
notoriously complicated world of Illinois politics. We take
a tour through the segregated neighborhoods of Chicago, a
city of great ethnic diversity, and see firsthand how those
divides can evolve into cabals that rival anything found on
the national political scene.
We follow the governor
as he is awakened early one morning –his young daughter
sleeping peacefully beside him – and unceremoniously
arrested by FBI agents without knowing the charges being
brought against him. We see the harsh glare of the
spotlight, the media whirlwind already staking out his home
and family, rushing to judgment before even the governor
himself knew what crimes he’d been accused of committing.
We follow him through the maze of political conspiracies
that threaten to unseat and impeach the governor of the
fifth largest state in the U.S. –forces brought to light by
the ambition of an attorney general and the greed of her
Democratic State Party Chairman father –as well as the zeal
of a federal prosecutor and the manipulations of a disloyal
The behind-the-scenes workings
to fill the Senate seat vacated by the most popular
President-elect in decades becomes something much more
incendiary when wiretapped conversations are used by
authorities to commit the arrest. But, as the governor soon
learns, those tapes are not allowed to be played at his
impeachment hearings in the House or Senate. What is on
those tapes? And why will the prosecution not let them be
heard if they were the primary factor in initiating the
arrest that started this political scandal in the first
Quoting from sources as diverse as Jim Wallis’
God’s Politics to Aeschylus , Shakespeare to The Purpose
Driven Life, THE GOVERNOR provides not just an inside look
at politics on a state and national level but a treatise on
the proper place of government in the everyday lives of its
It is a mandate for healthcare reform, which
the governor feels is the civil rights issue of our
lifetime. It is a clarion cry, remarkably, against cynicism
in modern governing and a return to a more thoughtful and
informed sense of government that views its state budgets as
“moral documents.” It is a lament against the current state
of the political landscape, one that too often is wracked by
scandal and interwoven with a media-driven culture obsessed
with scandal and snap judgments.
And it is a
proclamation that one man will not be silenced, that his
side of the story must be heard and that the fight for
American liberties and freedom must sometimes occur within
its own borders.
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