Blagojevich Trial Documents Rob and Rod _Nov. 12_ 2008_

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					Date: 11/12/08            Time: 8:26 pm
Rod Blagojevich Home Line
Session: 594

 1    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 What uh, what are you thinking about the Senate
 2                                    Seat? Do you have any thoughts?
 3    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH               About what?
 4    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 U.S. Senate.
 5    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH              No I, I got no thoughts on it. None. I mean I don’t
 6                                    have, I got no insights. I think I honestly, (laughs)
 7                                    I have no insights.
 8    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 What?
 9    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH              Well, I have no insights to give you that you don’t
10                                    already have. None. But I mean the only, the only
11                                    caution, and you know, brotherly advice I’d give
12                                    you is make sure it’s a tit for tat, man. You get
13                                    something. I wouldn’t give anything away.
14    ROD BLAGJEVICH                  Rahm Emanuel is looking for me. I told you what
15                                    he said, right?
16    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH               Yeah, yeah. I said, uh, I mean, about uh Jarrett
17                                    being out and him wanting her out of the White
18                                    House?
19    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 Yeah.
20    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH               Yeah.
21    ROD BLAGJEVICH                  And the four candidates that would be acceptable.
22    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH              Oh, uh, yeah, I think you, Hynes is one of ‘em?
23    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 Yeah.
24    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH              Yeah.
25    ROD BLAGOJEVICH                 I think that’s designed to elevate Duckworth.

 1   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    No shit.
 2   ROD BLAGJEVICH       Mm-hmm.
 3   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Interesting.
 4   ROD BLAGJEVICH       Yeah, she’s got little or no chance. You know that?
 5                        I mean don’t, you don’t say any of this to Jessica.
 6   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Oh, no fucking way. Don’t even worry about that.
 7   ROD BALGJEVICH       Yeah.
 8   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    No. What do you mean she has no fucking
 9                        chance? What are you talking about?
10   ROD BLAGJEVICH       Uh, Duckworth.
11   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    She has no chance for what?
12   ROD BLAGJEVICH       For me to make her senator.
13   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Oh, yeah, I know that.
14   ROD BALGJEVICH       You know, unless they, you know, they, they make
15                        me a great deal. You know what I mean?
16   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Yeah. Well I, I believe, all along have believed,
17                        that if Obama got elected, she was gonna go be his
18                        Veteran’s Affair person. That’s the perfect job for
19                        her. At the national level. That’s where she’s the
20                        highest and best use to the world. Right there.
21   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Mm-hmm.
22   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   You talk about a perfect fit, that’s the fit.
23   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Mm-hmm.
24   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Unless there’s obviously something in it (laughs)
25                        for you in some other, you know, some other
26                        capacity. But she’s the right one for that job. What
27                        she’s doing for you at the national level.
28                        (PAUSE)
29                        So, so, you’re time frame is gonna be end of the
30                        year, first of next year?
31   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Well I have, you know, maybe it’s before that, but

1                         you know, they got to put this big push on before
2                         Durbin’s gonna call me.
3    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Yeah, your good, your good buddy, Dick Durbin?
4    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah.
6    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah.
7    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   (Inaudible)
8    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Why do you say that?
9    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Did you send condolences, anything like that to
10                        his…
11   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah, yeah, I called his chief-of-staff. Uh,
13   ROD BLAGOJEIVCH      (Inaudible)
14   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Ah, you’re breaking up. He’s a ….
15   ROD BLAGJEVICH       Yeah, yeah, his daughter, I took care of it.
17   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      I took care of it.
18   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yeah, good. So, what are you gonna tell him?
19                        Boy you, I think you already explained it tonight. I
20                        mean…
21   ROD BLAGJEVICH       I’m curious to see if they’re gonna try to like get
22                        into (Inaudible) Madigan that Lisa doesn’t want it.
23                        You know what I’m saying?
25   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      That’ll be one of the things I think Rahm would try
26                        to do. Try to take that option away.
27   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   The Madigan option?
28   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah. But if you’re, but, Madigan, if that, if they
29                        are at all interested in it, they, they’re not giving
30                        that up.

 1   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      No amount of discussion from any of those people
 2                        impresses him. He….It’s credit, that’s where. You
 3                        know, to his credit and his detriment.
 4   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   But has anyone on her behalf come forward to you?
 6   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Ok. So, how would you know that she really wants
 7                        it? I mean, does anyone know?
 8   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      She hasn’t turned it down. She hasn’t rejected it.
 9                        She’s been publicly interviewed on it. Her name is
10                        out there, ok?
11   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Ok. Well, obviously we got people who are
12                        lobbying for the job.
13   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Well, there are varying ways of doing it. She’s also
14                        calling my supporters saying she’s running for
15                        governor. She’s announcing in a few weeks. That
16                        kind of thing. So, they’re all saying she wants it.
18   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      You know what I’m saying?
19   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Yeah, yeah.
20   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      No, I think she, and then you, you analyze their
21                        politics, it’s, they want it, in my mind.
22   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yeah, well you know, you made a very good
23                        argument there that these are the kind of people
24                        who maneuver through the path of least resistance.
25                        And uh, you’re a guy, uh, who has not maneuvered
26                        that way, who’s worked against the current and
27                        unless you have some fucking uh, slam-dunk
28                        guarantee that you’re gonna get what you want,
29                        man, I wouldn’t deal with the devil like that.
30   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah, I know that.
31   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   And give them what they want.

1    ROD BALGOJEVICH            I know that. Don’t give, you’re telling me the
2                         obvious. You…..
3    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH          I’ve got to say it.
4    ROD BLAGOJEVICH            Yeah, come on. It’s got to get passed beforehand.
5                               That’s a big if.
6    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         Yeah.
7    ROB BLAGJEVICH             Or something in you know, if there’s another way,
8                               someone can suggest it to me, but it’s got to be
9                               passed beforehand.
10   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         Well I think it would be kind of ironic that if you
11                              put Gery Chico in there, the guy who ran against
12                              Obama and lost, who is probably the most uniquely
13                              qualified for that job, that would be doing the State
14                              of Illinois a real service.
15   ROD BLAGOJEVICH            Yeah.
16   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH          You know that….if you want an opinion, that would
17                              be my opinion.
18   ROD BLAGOJEVICH            Yeah, he’s great.
19   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         He’s fucking, he is true-blue quality. And he’s got
20                              accomplishments.
21   ROD BLAGOJEVICH            He’s not black though.
22   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         Well that’s horse-shit, you know?
23   ROD BLAGOJEVICH            Yeah, I’m just telling you.
24   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         Neither are you.
25   ROD BLAGOJEVICH            Yeah, but I’m talking about my politics, you
26                              understand?
27   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH         No, I understand that, and I, and I yield to that, of
28                              course. I yield to that. (Pause) You know, and you
29                              made a very good point. Jesse Jr is not emotionally
30                              stable to do anything other than, hell, cry. I mean
31                              he shouldn’t even be a goddamn congressman.

1                          He’s a fucking articulate incompetent.
2    ROD BLAGJEVICH        We did good tonight.
3    ROBERT BLAGJEVICH     Yeah, it was good.
4    ROD BLAGOJEVICH       Keep driving it.
5    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH    Need more.
6    ROD BLAGOJEVICH       They’re going to….Call Lon, call Lon and Wy-,
7                          Lon tomorrow, and say what do I do about this
8                          Magoon, he’s not calling me back. You, and ask
9                          him, is it possible Wyma told him not to do
10                         anything? Maybe you shouldn’t say that. But just
11                         say, how do we get Wyma to call him. What do we
12                         do with this guy, Magoon.
13   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH    Well, actually, Wyma, I called Wyma on Monday.
14                         He called me back. I, I didn’t get his message. I’ll
15                         ask Wyma tomorrow, if he takes my call.
16   ROD BLAGJEVICH        Yeah, good. And don’t at all tip to Wyma off on
17                         any of these discussions on the senate seat.
18   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH    Do not worry about that.
19   ROD BLAGOJEVICH       Yeah.
20   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH    I don’t talk to anybody about that.
21   ROD BLAGOJEVICH       Yeah, that’s good. Look, Gery’s great. I mean you
22                         know he’s clearly, but right now, between you and
23                         me, the frontrunner’s Louanner Peters. And do not
24                         repeat this.
25   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH    Oh, I won’t, no, (Inaudible)
26   ROD BLAAGOJEVICH      She’s a good person. She’s loyal. She’s an
27                         African American woman. She lives in Springfield,
28                         so you can say she’s a down-stater.
30   ROD BLAGOJEVICH       She uh, she was a community activist. Ok? Um, I

 1                        feel like her, she’s very loyal to me.
 2   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yeah, no question about that.
 3   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      I believe, you know, she’d even commit to me that
 4                        she’d run again. Um, she’s a great person. Her
 5                        downside is she was Gus Savage’s chief-of-staff,
 6                        but, then again, Obama went to Reverend Wright’s
 7                        church, you know what I mean?
 8   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yep. Well, I had a chance to visit with her a few
 9                        weeks ago when we were having an alumni event
10                        coordination meeting on a Saturday and I said,
11                        well, what are you going to do when your
12                        government stint’s all over? Cause she, as you
13                        know, lives in Springfield, and likes being in the
14                        country.
15   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Her brother’s like a military, career military guy
16                        down in Louisiana. Great family. Louanners.
17                        Keep going.
18   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yeah, who’s retired. And she’s going to be moving
19                        back to the family farm
20   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Right.
21   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   …where all siblings are either there now
22                        assembling to live or will over time.
23   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Right.
24   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Really just marveled at that. And, and I left that,
25                        the discussion, just as you, that this is a quality
26                        person who, you know what, didn’t depend on
27                        anyone to help her. She took care of herself, and
28                        what a crowning, damn achievement if you were to
29                        appoint her to that. I mean I think it would, you
30                        know, fireworks ought to go off. What an
31                        American story.

 1   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah, and then I’d want her to run again, though.
 2   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Well, whatever.
 3   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      I mean here’s a real wild idea, if she can run again
 4                        and hold it…
 6   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Ok? That is, as I’m leaving as governor, she just
 7                        fucking resigns, and I appoint me to six years.
 8                        (laughs) Imagine that.
 9   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Can she uh, that’s a wild…
10   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Can you fucking imagine? Do not repeat this to
11                        anybody.
12   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Of course, of course not.
14   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   That is, is she capable of running a campaign? I
15                        don’t know if that’s in her.
16   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah, she’s been helpful, she’s been active with us.
17                        Oh, definitely.
18   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Is she a speech maker?
19   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      She’s a, yeah, hey, she’s also a breast cancer
20                        survivor.
21   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   No kidding. Didn’t know that. Didn’t know that.
22                        Well, she seemed very, she’s clearly quality. I
23                        totally agree with you. You could, you couldn’t do
24                        better other than Gery Chico. She’d be a great pick.
25   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      I believe she’d um, you know, Emil Jones is a
26                        strong candidate. Harris likes Emil over Louanner.
27                        I don’t know what his reservation is about
28                        Louanner.
29   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   I don’t know.
30   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      But uh, it’s almost like, he feels like you know he’s
31                        her boss, and maybe she’s passing him by. I don’t

1                         know. But I mean Emil’s going to say he’s not
2                         running again. So, that means it’s an open seat, and
3                         all these other assholes can run for it.
5    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      I’d rather have it so
6                         they have to challenge her, Louanner. I mean part
7                         of the deal with Louanner is she’s going to have to
8                         run again, or at least say it.
9    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   And what if she says, no. I don’t want to do that.
10                        Which is very possible.
11   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Well, that’ll be, that’ll be part of the consideration.
12   ROBERT BLAGJEVICH    Yeah. Yeah.
13   ROD BLAGOEJEVICH     Yeah. If she’s not going to run again, then, she can
14                        maybe not announce it. You know? Just act like
15                        she is, and then doesn’t do it. I don’t know. I got to
16                        think about it.
17   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yeah. Alright. Um, shit. There was one other
18                        thing, here’s…
19   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      See, I think if she says she runs again, she
20                        can raise some money. Who’s going to challenge
21                        her? She’s the only African American woman in
22                        the U.S. Senate. The only African American in the
23                        U.S. Senate. Who’s going to challenge her on the
24                        democratic side? Jesse Jr?
26   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Ok, well, the white candidates will be afraid to run
27                        against her. You run against the only African
28                        American U.S. Senator.
29   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Yep. Yeah, I did not. I don’t have that perspective.
30   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      That’s why she makes more sense than Gery Chico.
31                        Because if I put Gery, that’s the rap on me is, you

1                         know.
2    ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Well, Carol Moseley Braun, she just pissed it away,
3                         I presume.
4    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Yeah, but Carol Moseley Braun, no one dared
5                         challenge her in the primary.
7    ROD BLAGOJEVICH      You see what I’m saying?
8    ROBERT BLAGOJECICH   Yeah. Well, hey, you got, you know, this is an
9                         interesting time for you.
10   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Ok, well, listen, what?
11   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   No, I said alright.
12   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Ok, I’ll call you in the morning.
13   ROBERT BLAGOJEVICH   Alright, bye.
14   ROD BLAGOJEVICH      Alright, bye.


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