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Blago is 'serious' about political comeback

By Matt DeLong

After a jury deadlocked on 23 of 24 federal charges related to corruption last week, former governor Rod Blagojevich (D-Ill.) said he is "serious" about attempting a return to politics if a new trial fails to convict him on corruption charges.

"If you're asking me, do I believe that there's a potential political comeback in the future, when I'm vindicated, absolutely I do," Blagojevich said on "Fox News Sunday."

Blagojevich denied reports that he charged $80 for photos taken with him at the Chicago Comic Con this weekend, insisting instead that he gave them away for free. However, he said, he charged $50 for autographs because he had to make a living to support his family and accused federal prosecutors of "squeezing" him financially to force him to give up and admit to things he didn't do. He called the event "a way to get out among the people."

He said the tapes that prosecutors played in court were of him talking to lawyers and advisers to "consider a variety of options" rather than a concerted effort to sell President Obama's former Senate seat. Blagojevich admitted meeting with Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) the day before his arrest but would not say whether Jackson had discussed raising campaign contributions for Blagojevich in advance of being appointed to the seat.

The former governor repeatedly called on U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to release all of the tapes and allow the public to decide whether laws were broken.

Blagojevich said the prosecution's case was an attempt to "criminalize politics." Federal prosecutors failed to prove any corruption and "confirmed everything I said," even though his lawyers chose not to put up a defense, he said. If he faces a new trial, Blagojevich vowed to mount a defense and call President Obama, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) and others to testify.

By Matt DeLong  |  August 22, 2010; 10:48 AM ET
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As a resident of the fair state of Illinois, I say, "fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me". Most of the voters in Illinois didn't agree with the jury, and it'll be a cold day in a really hot place if he ever is allowed in the doors of politics in this state. We won't be fooled again. Maybe he can try peddling his brand of snake oil someplace else in the country.

Posted by: sober1 | August 23, 2010 1:30 PM | Report abuse

Blogo can not be believed until he gets his facts straight. He constantly uses an example in his defense, saying that he is just doing politics as usual, like the trade of a vote for Health Care with a Utah Congressman for a Federal Judgeship for his brother. Wrong. Judge Matheson was very Qualified for the Judgeship as the dean of the University of Utah School of Law and his brother Rep. Matheson(D-UT) voted AGAINST the Heath Care bill. If political horse trading was in effect wouldn't the Rep.'s brother have been denied the Judgeship as a punishment?

Posted by: CFMOM | August 23, 2010 12:35 PM | Report abuse

This fraudulent scumbag is typical of American politicians...shameless...Not a hint that this fungus ridden toerag is at all aware of the derision heaped on him...

Posted by: mapleleaf3 | August 23, 2010 2:25 AM | Report abuse

This fraudulent scumbag is typical of American politicians...shameless...Not a hint that this fungus ridden toerag is at all aware of the derision heaped on him...

Posted by: mapleleaf3 | August 23, 2010 2:23 AM | Report abuse

This fraudulent scumbag is typical of American politicians...shameless...Not a hint that this fungus ridden toerag is at all aware of the derision heaped on him...

Posted by: mapleleaf3 | August 23, 2010 2:22 AM | Report abuse


If the RATS who tried to BUY the seat were NOT charged, why should Blago accept being made the scapegoat.

GO BLAGO!

Posted by: chicago77 | August 22, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell Blago that he has a challenge to his conviction on Constitutional grounds. The Conviction violates the equal protection clause of the Cosntitution. After all the law that convicted for lying to the government. But there is no criminal statute under which polticians can be prosecuted for lying to the public. Hence the statute that got Blago convicted is unconstitutional.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | August 22, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Someone needs to tell Blago that he has a challenge to his conviction on Constitutional grounds. The Conviction violates the equal protection clause of the Cosntitution. After all the law that convicted for lying to the government. But there is no criminal statute under which polticians can be prosecuted for lying to the public. Hence the statute that got Blago convicted is unconstitutional.

Posted by: jonweiss1 | August 22, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

So Reid and Rahm are involved in the criminal activities of selling the Illinois Senate Seat....can't say I'm surprised. Don't we all know that Obama is involved as well?

Posted by: Realist201 | August 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

this is what is wrong in this country now.blago was convicted.anmyone besides a politician now goes to jail.they did same thing with passt cinvicted gov of ill.let him stay out of jail till all of his appeals were done.make the politicians and so called white collar criminals go to jail immediately and appeal from their.

Posted by: dagner49 | August 22, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse

Agree with angriest dog: he's a convicted felon, and after the retrial, he'll be in for a long time on extortion.

Posted by: cococo | August 22, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

He is a convicted felon, he ain't going no where...

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld1 | August 22, 2010 12:06 PM | Report abuse

sufi66:

Apparently he is, and don't call him Shirley. [With credit to Leslie Neilson from the classic movie "Airplane".]

Posted by: LAWPOOL | August 22, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

Shirley, you can't be serious?

Posted by: sufi66 | August 22, 2010 11:02 AM | Report abuse

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