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)
  1. Frederick in VA

    He should just come clean and then Obama can pardon him.

    December 17, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  2. John in Ohio

    In other news, Illinois voters tell Blago the same thing, without the "loose" part at the end.

    December 17, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  3. Meh

    This guy is a nut. "His side" of the story? We already HEARD the tapes, dude. How in the world can you spin that??

    December 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  4. Sye the Pychic

    Blago is waiting to get his talking points from Rush Limbaugh,the greatest fraud on the radio.

    December 17, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  5. Sold his soul?

    How in the heck does a man in his 50's have a head of hair like that?

    December 17, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  6. Polly

    All I want to know is if Obama is

    December 17, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  7. ned kelly

    Well, at least he can visit Iraq without having shoes thrown at him!

    December 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  8. John in Ohio

    He's a terrible politician if he didn't have something ready to go the day it broke, letting a scandal sit for days without comment is a clear sign of blood in the water and a politician stalling for time. Even the inability to think of an excuse quickly is a sign of weakness. The political and news cycles move fast, he's given the media and the public days to chew on the juicy treats we got from Fitzgerald, in a situation like this you have to strike while the iron is hot, and in addition to being a slimeball crook, he's waited for the iron to get ice cold.

    I think insanity might be a reasonable defense, I can't imagine a political individual being as rock-dumb as this guy. Ted Stevens had more political savvy.

    December 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  9. NRMD

    Well in US you can kill and get away with it – OJ. But if you express an intent of killing some one, you will be in big trouble. You can swindle billions like wall street executives and main street treasury secretaries and but you can not say that you want to do something stupid. Media gives lot of importance when you steal food but not when they rob the country. Catch the mouse and leave the lion loose kind of attention. I think we must wait and see what the governor say. It looks like he acted stupid and we do not need to follow him with haste. Where is the proof?

    December 17, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  10. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    He doesn't need to hang loose. He just needs to hang.

    December 17, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  11. Mary from Sarasota FL

    BTW, liars have to have really Good Memories. I doubt Goy has a good memory. bye bye, Blago.

    December 17, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  12. End Of An Error

    Crimes like this are really treason and should be considered as such.

    The USA needs to get much more harsh when dealing with corruption in government as that corruption hurts everyone, subverts the democratic process, and is a crime against the USA.

    I hope he is found guilty and given the absolute maximum penalty allowed by law.

    December 17, 2008 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. Darla (Edmonton, Canada)

    Just like George Bush & Dick Cheney ... Blagojevich is planning his own version of "Revisionist History".

    December 17, 2008 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  14. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    He's going to tell "his side of the story"? Hmmm... I wonder how many times he'll say mother%$@#!! when he does THAT!!

    December 17, 2008 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  15. now

    nasty, dirty, shameless politics and people taking advantage of the power they should not have. Scary. How many of them are corrupt?

    December 17, 2008 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. brad

    Blago is a cornered animal. Bound to say anything to survive. That's what is scary.

    December 17, 2008 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  17. setys

    Certain people are working so hard not to see Jackson Jr. in the Senate. They trying to see that Jackson Jr is linked to this Governor Rod Blagojevich, a governor that intentionally committed this crime. Why Jackson, is he the only candidate on that list?

    Governor Rod Blagojevich knew he was under investigation, he went ahead to commit more corruption. His purpose was to cloud president elect Obama's victory.

    There is no way anyone who is already being investigated is not aware that they are monitor, any reasonable person under investigation will avoid any other controversy.

    In his bitterness towards certain people, he decided to put doubt in voters mind. He knew what he was doing.

    I just can't stand his nonchalant attitude.

    December 17, 2008 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  18. David

    By the way, did anyone mention he is a democrat?

    December 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  19. Blagos momma

    Quit picking on my boy,hes not doing anything Rush wouldnt do.

    December 17, 2008 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  20. David

    Funny how CNN omitted to mention he is a Democrat.

    December 17, 2008 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  21. david

    Like most politicos he is talking out of both sides of his mouth. Says he wants to talk to the press, the nation, mostly the people of Illinois but only at the appropriate time!!! What hog wash. He loves the lime light and could speak any time he wants but will not so it seems he is hiding what? Must be his lawyer told him to keep his trap shut so he doesn't put his foot in his mouth and appear even more guilty than he does now.

    December 17, 2008 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  22. David

    Typical corrupt Democrat politician.

    December 17, 2008 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  23. Sye the Pychic

    I see metal bars in his future and the color orange.

    December 17, 2008 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  24. David

    The mods are too funny. Maybe Matt posted it.

    December 17, 2008 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  25. Conrad

    Given the nature of the allegations, Blagojevich’s ambiguous yet righteous statements seem like a veiled threat to those who are trying to bring him down. It’s as if he’s saying, “If you try to destroy me, then you’re going down with me.”

    December 17, 2008 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
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