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Blagojevich Viewed As Campaign 'Kryptonite'

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A born campaigner and prolific fundraiser, Gov. Rod Blagojevich finds little demand for his talents these days.

He's the only Democrat twice elected to the governor's office in more than a generation, but no one's inviting him to campaign rallies. His ability to raise money set records for Illinois campaigning, yet now his cash isn't welcome. Even the state's presidential nominee snubbed him from the national convention stage.

From the suburbs to Southern Illinois, Republicans and Democrats alike campaign against him, trying to tie their opponents to the governor in mailers and ads.

"He is kryptonite, man," said state Rep. Jack Franks, a Marengo Democrat and vocal Blagojevich dissident. "The fact of the matter is the governor is toxic."

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