Dec 9, 2008 2:19 pm US/Central
Governor Blagojevich: In His Own Words
In October, federal investigators obtained permission to tap Gov. Rod Blagojevich's home phone and phones at his campaign office.
Here is what Blagojevich was recorded as saying, according to the federal complaint filed on Tuesday:
Efforts to obtain contributions from persons doing business with the State of Illinois before the end of the year:
According to public records maintained by the State of Illinois, an unnamed engineering firm received in excess of $10 million from the State of Illinois during each of fiscal years 2004 through 2008. During one conversation Blagojevich called a worker with the firm and said, "I want to thank you again for your support and friendship and we are going to do everything we can to get that capital bill."
Efforts by Blagojevich and John Harris to hold up the sale of Wrigley Field unless the Tribune fired editorial board members:
Blagojevich said Tribune ownership should be told: "Maybe we can't do this now. Fire those fuckers."
In a later conversation, Blagojevich says, the Tribune should be told: "Everything is lined up, but before we go to the next level we need to have a discussion about what you guys are going to do about that newspaper."
Efforts to obtain personal benefits in return for U.S. Senate appointment:
Blagojevich considered taking the job himself: "If ... they're not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it."
Later he says: "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. [The Senate seat] "is a fucking valuable thing, you just don't give it away for nothing."
In a separate conversation, Blagojevich says: "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."
Blagojevich also asked what he can get from President-elect Obama
for the Senate seat: "Can [the President-elect] help in the private sector. . . where it wouldn't be tied to him? . . .I mean, so it wouldn't necessarily look like one for the other."
Blagojevich said that consultants (believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to "suck it up" for two years and do nothing and give this "motherfucker [the President-elect] his
senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him."
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