Blagojevich’s daughter calls Obama ‘spineless’ for not commuting her dad’s sentence

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Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich (L), his wife Patti (2nd L) and daughters Annie (C) and Amy (2nd R) arrive for the funeral of one of his former top fundraisers Christopher Kelly September 16, 2009 in Western Springs, Illinois. Kelly, who had been indicted on charges related to Blagojevich corruption charges, was scheduled to report to prison this week after pleading guilty to other offences. Kelly committed suicide on Saturday. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

CHICAGO (AP) — A daughter of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is criticizing former President Barack Obama for not granting early release to her father, who’s serving prison time for corruption.

In an emotional letter, 20-year-old Amy Blagojevich called Obama “spineless” for not commuting her father’s sentence. Blagojevich’s wife, Patti, posted the letter on her Facebook page.

Blagojevich is in the fourth year of a 14-year sentence on corruption convictions, including for trying to sell Obama’s open U.S. Senate seat after Obama became president. The governor had the power to appoint a successor to Obama’s seat until a new election could be held.

The ex-governor petitioned Obama for a commutation, and both Amy and her sister wrote letters asking Obama to act.

Amy Blagojevich noted in the letter the emotional toll on her family over the past eight years. She lamented that Obama did and said nothing of Blagojevich’s ordeal during that time.

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