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Blagojevich media blitz continues

February 4, 2009 7:32:00 AM PST
Former Governor Rod Blagojevich provided fresh fodder for David Letterman and other comedians on Tuesday night while his successor, Pat Quinn, got face time with the president. This week Rod Blagojevichweek has become America's favorite talk show guest.

"I'll ride the truth and I'll clear my name," said Blagojevich on the Today show.

It's another national media tour for a former governor who has already lost his office and could be on the verge of losing his freedom.

"There is no way he should be doing these telephone shows. Everybody is looking to trap him. Something could come back and bite him later," said Professor Leonard Cavise, DePaul College of Law.

Former federal prosecutor Patrick Collins lead the case against Former Governor George Ryan. When Ryan spoke to reporters during the trial, Collins used the tape in court to further prove his case that sent Ryan to prison. He says blagojevich is giving prosecutors plenty of potential ammunition.

"When he analogizes himself to Ghandi, Martin Luther King that gives the prosecutor information to get before the jury and say how dare he," said Collins.

Collins was taking part in a discussion on corruption in Illinois politics on Tuesday night.

Many there say the ex-governor's talk show appearances are doing little to help his or the state's reputation.

"I've been wanting to be on your show in the worst way for the longest time," Blagojevich told David Letterman.

"Well, you're on in the worst way, believe me," said Letterman.

"We've been made a public joke nationally. That we're on late night comedy hour is not a good thing for Illinois," said Dick Simpson, professor of political science, UIC.

New governor Pat Quinn, trying to get past the Blagojevich scandals, met with the Illinois congressional delegation on Tuesday in Washington.

Pat Quinn met with the Illinois congressional delegation in Washington.

"We look forward, not backward. We're not going back to those days before. The last eight weeks, all of this ordeal began eight weeks ago. It is over and done with and the people of Illinois are mighty glad that it is," said Quinn.

It is far from over, however, in the public eye.

Second City's take on Rod Blagojevich could enjoy a long run. Blagojevich's federal trial is not expected to start for at least another year.


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