Rod Blagojevich

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Rod Blagojevich

Rod Blagojevich (born December 10, 1956) is a former American politician, and former Governor of Illinois. He was removed from office by the Illinois State Senate on January 29, 2009 and later went to federal prison for corruption.

By Blagojevich[edit]


  • Unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I'll just send myself, you know what I'm saying.
  • I'm going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I’m saying. And if I don’t get what I want and I'm not satisfied with it, then I'll just take the Senate seat myself.
  • A fucking valuable thing; you just don't give it away for nothing.
    • Wiretapped phone call, November 3, 2008, speculating on what Blagojevich might be able to trade for a U.S. Senate vacancy appointment[2][3]:3
  • I've got this thing and it's fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for fuckin' nothing. I'm not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.
    • Wiretapped phone call, November 5, 2008, speculating on what Blagojevich might be able to trade for a U.S. Senate vacancy appointment[2][3]:6

About wiretaps[edit]

  • By the way, I should say, if anyone wants to tape my conversations, go right ahead, feel free to do it. I appreciate anybody who wants to tape me openly.
    • At a press conference, December 8, 2008, in Chicago, IL. CNN

About Blagojevich[edit]

  • Governor Blagojevich has been arrested in the middle of what we can only describe as a political corruption crime spree. We acted to stop that crime spree.
  • Nobody could work a room like Rod—nobody.


  1. a b Schaper, David (June 2, 2010). "Corruption Trial To Start For Ex-Ill. Gov. Blagojevich" (transcript). Morning Edition (National Public Radio). Retrieved on June 29, 2015. 
  2. a b Gilmer, Marcus (December 9, 2008). "Quoting the Blagojevich Complaint". Chicagoist (Gothamist LLC). Retrieved on June 29, 2015. 
  3. a b FBI . Obama Senate Seat For Sale?. The Smoking Gun. Retrieved on June 29, 2015.
  4. Bernstein, David (June 2009). "Chicago Straight". Chicago magazine (Tribune Media Group). Retrieved on June 29, 2015. 

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