Blago had no love for Obama

I distinctly remember reading a blurb on Hotline after the elections back in 2002 about Rod Blagojevich and his plans to run for president in 2008. He hadn’t even been sworn in as Governor, yet was pushing himself as a presidential candidate.

Fast forward to 2008 and we do have a president from Illinois — not Blagojevich. He’s turned out to be a major disappointment. And, yes, he’s innocent until proven guilty, but this criminal complaint is pretty damn damning. Just watched the news conference with prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald who has put together the case against the Illinois Governor.

Blago wanted a deal with the Obama team for the Senate seat, but he didn’t get one. And, he didn’t love Obama as Jonathan Martin reports:

[Blagojevich] also appears to think little of the president-elect, whom he calls a “motherf***er” at one point.

“F**k him,” Blagjoveich says of Obama during a lengthy call with top aides and his wife recorded on November 10th, “For nothing? F**k him.”

In another section of the complaint, Blagojevich expresses exasperation that Obama and his team aren’t willing to offer him an inducement in exchange for appointing an aide, apparently Valerie Jarrett, to the Senate.

Blagojevich “said he knows that the President-elect wants Senate Candidate 1 for the Senate seat but ‘they’re not willing to give me anything except appreciation. F**k them,'” says the complaint.

What a dick.


On October 27, 2010, Joe was one of five bloggers who interviewed President Obama. Joe is a DC-based political consultant with over twenty-five years of experience at both the state and federal level. Joe has managed political operations and legislative efforts for both candidates and issues-based organizations. For seven years, he was the Director of State Legislation at Handgun Control, Inc. He served as that organization's first Political Director during the 2000 cycle. Joe is a graduate of the University of Maine School of Law. In addition, he has a Masters in Public Administration from Lehigh University and received his B.A. from the University of New Hampshire. Joe also has a fun dog, Petey, a worthy successor to Boomer, who got Joe through eight years of Bush and Cheney. Joe likes to think he is a world class athlete having finished the 2005 Chicago Marathon in the time of 4:10. He has completed six other marathons as well -- and is still determined to break the four hour mark.

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