August 22nd, 2010
10:44 AM ET
4 years ago

Blagojevich won't rule out political comeback

 Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not ruling out a political comeback.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is not ruling out a political comeback.

(CNN) - Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Sunday that he is not ruling out a return to politics once the legal process against him winds down.

The disgraced governor, who is accused of corruption for trying to sell President Barack Obama's former senate seat, said he is certain he will be acquitted and then would consider a political comeback

A jury that considered the case this month was hung on all but one count, finding Blagojevich guilty of making false statements to the FBI. He now faces a retrial.

"My adult life was serving the people as a congressman, as a governor. It's what I know," Blagojevich said on "Fox News Sunday." "I'm not ruling myself out as coming back, because I wil be vindicated in this case. I'm significantly closer to vindication than I ever was."

The former governor said the fact that he didn't present a defense in the first trial and was not found guilty on the corruption charges showed that the government lacked the evidence that he did anything wrong.

In the second trial, Blagojevich said he would mount a defense that would include calling players such as White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Sens. Harry Reid and Robert Menendez to the stand.

"I'm ready for Round 2," he said.


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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. Tom-Vermillion Ohio

    Oh joy, just what we need, more distractions. Could someone just pay him off so he could go on some overseas vacation until un-employment reaches say 4-5%?

    August 22, 2010 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  2. vic

    Rod Blagojevich Please come back to politics we need to auction 178 seats in congress and 41 seats in senate

    August 22, 2010 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  3. Michael Armstrong Sr.

    Blagojevich is like an old stale sandwich with a bite out of it the only comeback he's going to make is in another country .

    August 22, 2010 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Geoz

    Stay a criminal and go away.

    August 22, 2010 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  5. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Wait until after you are retried tough guy!

    August 22, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  6. proud conservative

    I hope that Blago continues to be a thorn in the side of Democrats for years to come.

    August 22, 2010 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  7. JMac

    He disgraced the Office of Governor, abused the process of representing citizens of this state, exploited the position for ego satisfaction, and exhibits an inordinate lack of self-control. Twice I voted against him in state-wide elections for governor. His audacity to suggest a desire for public dis-service further insults logic.

    August 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  8. WIlly Brown

    Bloago go ahead and dish out the dirt on Barry. He ain't helping you out is he?

    August 22, 2010 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  9. steve

    Ya when hell freezes over will anyone ever let you back on politics! Your only chance will be on a Leverage
    episode where you are the target for bilking honest consumers out of their hard earned cash. The guy with long hair will rearrange your face. That may be the only way to shut your pie hole.

    August 22, 2010 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  10. Larry

    Though I'm sure the fantasized comeback will have to wait until after the jail time is spent, when the prosecution in his retrial (this time without a paid holdout on the jury), finally convicts him

    August 22, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  11. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    This guy is a beast and will talk to anyone who will listen. He needs to take meds more than he needs a comeback.

    August 22, 2010 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  12. GunnerGA

    No matter how you feel about the guy, the use of the term "disgraced" to describe him is a subjective term and has no business appearing in a news story. It is acceptable to use words that describe facts like "impeached" and "former" but to characterize the description with a subjective term is amateur journalism, Besides, one might consider the term "Disgraced" as reflecting how the individual himself would see himself... clearly Blago does not publicly show that he considers himself disgraced. any other use of the word would simply be personal opinion. EDITORS PAY MORE ATTENTION TO JOURNALISTIC STANDARDS

    August 22, 2010 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  13. Sherry

    After the profane rant he did about the people of Illinois being ungrateful? He might have a chance of returning to politics on Mars, but hopefully if there is life on Mars, they have better taste than to allow him there.

    Still have to wonder why the jury was allowed to go home each day after deliberations in this case, therefore giving the "Blago and his thugs" a chance of "getting to them"? As corrupt as Blago is, I can't think why this wasn't seriously taken into consideration. He probably considered the unsequestered jury "a bleepin' golden thing" too.

    August 22, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  14. GI Joe

    Am I the only one that thinks ONE juror will soon be a very wealthy person?

    August 22, 2010 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  15. GI Joe

    Blago learned from the repubs that if you're going down, take everyone else with you.

    His behind the scenes people probably paid one juror under the table to mess up the trial. So like Cheney and his mess a few years ago - someone else took the fall for that heartless $.O.Bp.

    August 22, 2010 12:01 pm at 12:01 pm |
  16. aunt Bea and Opie

    Maybe in Texas,they love good hair and a bucket full of lies,hahaha

    August 22, 2010 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  17. jim

    Blago didn't do anything that most politicians in D.C. do all the time.The only problem is he was more out in the open about what he was doing and had loose lips.That being said Fitzgerald didn't have a case and like so many prosecutors just was blowing smoke to make himself look good and end the jurors realized this.

    August 22, 2010 12:04 pm at 12:04 pm |
  18. Sorensen

    He hardly qualifies as a third rate soap salesman.

    August 22, 2010 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  19. Keith in Austin

    Are you kidding me?? On second thought, he fits right in with other Democrats current frolicking in the swamp that Pelosi promised to drain. Pity!

    August 22, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  20. Independent

    As a resident of Illinois, I would to tell Blago, besides tripping over his ego, he won't be getting any votes from me...I'm sure most of Illinois feels that way about him....

    NO VOTES for Blago....he is done......

    August 22, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  21. Arlene, Illinois

    He is a disgrace to the good people of Illinois and yesterday he
    was right at home at a comic book show in Chicago only
    without the clown nose.

    August 22, 2010 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  22. bill486

    Ugh....Republicans have Sarah Palin, Democrats have this idiot. They both make me miss "The Gong Show".

    August 22, 2010 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  23. Rick McDaniel

    This whole affair has become nothing but a joke. Just shows how corrupt our legal system is, when someone can get away with such a thing.

    August 22, 2010 12:41 pm at 12:41 pm |
  24. Dianne IL

    He belongs in jail. Not only is he a lying, greedy felon, he hid from his real job when he was gov. Now our state is in a huge financial mess. I'd like to put him in jail just for that.

    August 22, 2010 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |