Blago fills in on WLS-AM radio show

March 16, 2011 3:21:04 PM PDT
Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich took aim at Governor Pat Quinn as he hit the airwaves Wednesday morning as a guest host on WLS-AM.

"He's owned by Mike Madigan," Blagojevich said. "He's afraid of Mike Madigan and he does his bidding."

Blagojevich also hinted that he might want to get back into politics.

The former governor and his wife Patti hosted the "Don and Roma Show" Wednesday morning. Blagojevich took calls and answered questions, including one about his request to be sentenced immediately for his conviction on lying to the FB, and his desire to avoid a retrial.

Five weeks from the start of jury selection in his retrial, the former governor was a radio guest host again. He offered up some verbal body slams, bemoaned his "hijacking from office," and -- joined by his wife -- he poked some fun at himself.

"Hey Patti-- you'll be proud of me," Blagojevich said, "not a single swear word, not one single swear word. It's F-ing golden how I'm doing here. I'm refraining from some of those bad words."

He joked about broadening his vocabulary beyond the blue zone, especially to describe the house speaker, the senate president, and the governor who succeeded him. They are, Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday morning, "cynical scoundrels," "rapscallions," "an unholy trinity," and "I told you so."

"And that's why you got a 67 percent increase in taxes, because that wimpy governor, Pat Quinn, caved in to them. Pat Quinn made a deal with the devil with those two guys, especially Madigan," Blagojevich said.

Many of the things the former governor said on the radio Wednesday morning he has said many times before. "I always looked out for the little guy." "I never let you down." "Play all the tapes."

"I did not lie to the FBI. They threw everything at me but the kitchen sink," he said.

The ex-governor's legal team last week asked the judge to forgo a retrial and sentence Blagojevich on his single guilty verdict, lying to the FBI. ABC7 reporter Jason Knowles called in to the program Wednesday morning and asked if that's not tantamount to an admission of guilt.

"No," said Blagojevich, and there will be an appeal.

"Ultimately I know what the truth is," he said. "I believe, I have to believe, the system will correct itself on that one and what is true will come out."

Blagojevich won't discuss trial strategy for round two, though his critics say that a higher profile five weeks out is part of it.

"You handle that microphone very well," said one caller. "So, I think you got a good future, but stay out of politics in terms of elected office."

Later, joking with his wife, Blagojevich said, "I gotta get out of this thing I'm in, and run for election again and win so I can please my wife and get out of the house."

After the show, ABC7 asked Blagojevich if he's serious about running for office again.

"Look, you take one day at a time. Ok? If the truth comes out and people know the full story of what happened here, it's a whole different environment."

When the State Senate voted to convict Blagojevich and remove him from office two years ago they also voted to bar him from ever again running for public office in Illinois.

The issue, though, is the immediate future and the April 20 scheduled start to jury selection in Blagojevich II.