December 17th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
14 years ago

Blagojevich talks: 'Hang loose'

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Blagojevich said he wants to tell his side of the story."] CHICAGO, Illinois (CNN) - Embattled Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday that he "can't wait to begin to tell his side of the story."

In the week since Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges, there have been repeated calls for his resignation.

Although Blagojevich, 52, has not commented publicly on the charges, his lawyer Ed Genson said the governor had done nothing wrong and does not intend to step down.

"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," Blagojevich told reporters gathered outside his home.

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

Asked what it is he wants to say, Blagojevich told the reporters to "hang loose."

Members of an Illinois House of Representatives panel met Tuesday to determine whether there is a basis to impeach Blagojevich.

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soundoff (148 Responses)

    Hang loose,DUDE.

    December 17, 2008 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  2. margie w.

    Oh how I wish that Americans, in particular our elected officials would have embraced the idea of impeaching the current corrupt, incompetent national figures as has been this corrupt incompetent governor.

    December 17, 2008 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  3. Tricia, Florida

    Innocent untll proven guilty. I just keep coming back to this one statement. No matter how horrific the allegations and the comments thrown out there to get the pack foaming at the mouth he is still Innocent until proven guilty.

    I like to hold out until I hear both sides of a story. Somehow I thought this was the American way.

    December 17, 2008 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  4. Stacy

    Anyone who thinks this has anything to do with Obama is just grasping for straws. Get over it, really, it only makes you look desperate. Anyone who lives in Illinois knows Obama wouldn't touch Blago with a 10 foot pole, as is the case with most politicians that knew him. As you can see, he's reckless and ignorant...everyone knew that. This is no big surprise for us. While the rest of the world is still picking their jaws up off the floor, we're all shouting "FINALLY!!"

    December 17, 2008 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  5. Meh

    Not in denial> So in one breath you say that this guy should have due process...then you claim Rahm is guilty of something. Isn't that a bit hypocritical?

    And Polly, you shouldn't have gone off your meds.

    December 17, 2008 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  6. Ann

    Waiting for him to talk. I hope he has some 'goodies' to share about Obama and his gang.

    December 17, 2008 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  7. seldon

    in today's news:
    stay tuned.

    December 17, 2008 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  8. KJL

    Blah, blah, blag, blago, Blagojevic. Shut up, already, and resign.

    December 17, 2008 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  9. Andy

    Ernestine: "leave Obama out of this..." Watch out people, she pissed. Put that shoe down girl and take a step back.

    December 17, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Suzi

    What could he possibly say to explain his own words? That he was an undercover agent, knew he was being recorded, and that he said these things in some kind of sting? For who?!!!!

    Wasn't there something earlier saying that he could step aside, have the trial, and then come back if proven innocent? That would show that he had some honor. What he's doing now shows no concern for the people of Illinois or this country.

    We have more important things to concern ouselves with than this silly crap. And it cuts both ways - Democrats and Republicans have gotten caught this year.

    I hope they resolve this one way or the other and get this joker off the radar soon.

    December 17, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  11. Mari

    INTERESTING...... HOW ALL the far-right "holier-than-thou" haters are out CONDEMNING Blagojevich!




    December 17, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. KG

    The last thing Obama wants is for Blagojevich to start talking and naming names and places. Blago, let the skeletons out of the closet!

    December 17, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  13. Chicago guy

    For those of you who are not from Illinois or don't pay attention to Illinois politics, we are a state that has been riddled with corruption for decades.

    Both the Daleys. Four out of the last five Governors: Democrat Otto Kerner (1961-68), Democrat Dan Walker (1973-77), and Republican George Ryan (1999-2003). Representative Dan Rostenkowski (Democrat) went to jail for misuse of his office.

    According the the Chicago Sun Times, 79 Illinois elected officials were convicted on federal corruption charges between 1972 and 2006.

    And that's just the guys who got caught.

    December 17, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. sick n tired

    I love how all these corrupt politicians (Palin,Stevens,Craig,Blago,Rengell and the list goes on) gets caught with their hands in the cookie jar and can play it off like their totally innocent! Even when their convicted by a jury(Stevens) they still claim they did nothing wrong! Whomever voted for these SCUMBAGS should have their voting rights suspended!!!!

    December 17, 2008 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. ran

    If what he has done is really true he should go to jail for a long long time. The senate sit should be appointed by the ILL. congress at this point.

    December 17, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  16. Jackie in Dallas

    "Hang loose"?????!!!!! Here is a man who knew he was being investigated, and still offered the Senate seat up for sale on the phone?? What a loser!

    December 17, 2008 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. jim, kansas city MO

    this is giong to be interesting. This shindig might have something up his sleeve.
    Will see, I hope they transmit it live, his testimony, I will buy some popcorn and pop and enjoy it.

    December 17, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Wow

    Rip on Sarah Palin but I'll take her budget surplus anyday over our billion + dollar debt here in Illinois. Anyone who is supporting this guy is clueless. This state is run by democrats, the city of Chicago and Cook County is run by democrats and that only leads to one thig, corruption. Obama did the right thing by keeping away from this guy for the last two years, sadly it seems, everyone he is appointing has Blago slime on them. Our speaker of the house can't figure out what to do impeachment wise because he wants his daughter, our AG, to do it so she looks good and she can become Governor. Our state ranks near the bottom in every category and yet we are told the democrats will fix it. They are more clueless than ever.....

    December 17, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  19. Paco - Tucson, AZ

    "Once I can talk, you will not believe the story I come up with. Let's just say that, I was an undercover agent for the FBI and I've been sent here to infiltrate the Chicago machine. You see, I was really fighting crime."

    Hahahahahahah. Thanks, Big Harv. I needed a good laugh.

    December 17, 2008 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
  20. Spider

    Greg in Columbus-

    While I do not carry Polly's animosity toward our President Elect, if I may, I woud like to answer your question about Obama lies.

    First off, regardless of your personal feelings about the man, he is a politician. By definition, his job is to tell the voters what the voters want to hear. That, many times, results in untruths, if not outright lies.

    Next, let me list a couple of Obama's lies.

    1. "I have never heard the Reverend Wright say such things in a sermon."
    2. "I have never socialized with Robert Ayres."

    Do you remember him saying these things? Do you believe they are not lies? If so, then you would disagree with any "link" that proved their dishonesty.
    In the present situation his initial response was, "My staff has had no contact with the Governor's office." That has already proven to be an untruth because Rahm has admitted he spoke to the Governor's office.

    The most damaging lies, however, have yet to be proven. How many of his campaign promises will turn out to be lies?

    December 17, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  21. Ernie in LA

    This guy rocks.

    December 17, 2008 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  22. Jeff in Illinois

    Seth, why: "drawn and quartered if he were Republican"? I can't even think of a valid reason why you would say that, but anyway...

    After decades of corrupt Republican governors, and years of the Palinesque level of corruption of the Blago administration, IL is sorely lacking in state services compared to other states, while suffering under some of the most oppressive taxes in the union.

    Our roads are terrible – and don't blame winter – I've driven through MI, MN & WI, and their roads are beautiful compared to ours.

    3% State Income Tax
    9-10.25% Post-Income-Tax Sales Tax
    ~$4.00/pack Post-Income-Tax Cigarette Tax
    ~$250,000 house = $4,500 property tax

    Illinois is bringing in an ungodly amount of revenue, yet it all disappears down the corruption hole. We spend more per mile of road than any other state, and yet, we get poor-quality roads. Payoffs, kickbacks, etc.

    Illinois is ready for independent candidates. I'm usually a Dem voter, sometimes Rep, and on rare occasions 3rd-party, but I am completely finished with the Dems and Reps in Springfield. I'm 33 years old, and throughout my life, they have both proven they are unworthy of holding a job, let alone public office.

    December 17, 2008 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  23. A broadmined white man

    This guy needs to just come clean and get out the news!

    December 17, 2008 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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