Gov talks to reporters

December 17, 2008 10:55:33 AM PST
Governor Rod Blagojevich said more Wednesday about his political predicament than he's said in a week. But it still wasn't much. After kissing his wife and daughter goodbye for the morning, Blagojevich briefly told reporters gathered outside his Chicago home, "I'm not going to answer any questions, I'm just going to be very brief. I can't wait to begin to tell my side of the story and to address you guys and most importantly the people of Illinois, that's who I'm dying to talk to.

"There's a time and place for everything. That day will soon be here and you might know more about that today and no later than tomorrow," Blagojevich said.

The governor refused to say whether he plans to appoint someone to fill the US Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

Blagojevich's attorney Ed Genson will be in Springfield Wednesday defending the governor before a House Impeachment Committee.

State lawmakers in Springfield were seeking guidance from federal prosecutors but postponed any real action until the governor's attorney arrived.

"He's got a job to do, he knows what he's doing. We're in good hands," the governor said.

When pressed for more information, Blagojevich only said, "Hang loose, to quote Elvis."

The governor indicated he planned to go for a run Wednesday morning. "It's a good healthy thing, it clears your mind and hopefully keeps love in your heart," he said.

If Blagojevich is concerned about the threats to his political future, not to mention freedom, he is not showing it. He is also not revealing his future plans.

With that, Illinois' embattled chief executive set out for a run, planning to jog eight miles, he said, predicting an eight 1/2-minute mile pace and a clear head.

ABC News is reporting that the governor would like to hold a press conference before the end of the week. That is likely to be absolutely at odds with any legal advice he is getting. His attorney wants him to say absolutely nothing, but the political reality is a near impossibility if he intends to remain in office.


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