[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/23/art.blagohand0123.gi.jpg caption="Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says the lieutenant governor and fellow Illinois Democrats are plotting against him."]
(CNN) – Impeached Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is speaking out about efforts to oust him from office.
“This is politics,” Blagojevich reportedly told Chicago radio station WLS-AM 890. “This is about raising taxes. [Democratic Lt. Gov.] Pat Quinn has cut a deal with Democratic leaders . . . . It’s all about getting rid of me to raise taxes on people,” Blagojevich also reportedly said.
The embattled governor did not specifically address the charges against him but did apologize for using the profanity captured on federal wiretap recordings of his telephone conversations. “If I knew they were listening, I wouldn’t have used those words,” he reportedly said.
Blagojevich has been under a cloud since U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald revealed a federal corruption investigation into his actions - including an alleged plan to try to exchange an appointment to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama for political and other favors.
Despite the charges against him, Blagojevich named former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris to replace Obama. Burris was eventually sworn in as the junior senator from Illinois after assuring Democratic leaders that he had not given Blagojevich anything in exchange for the appointment to Obama’s seat.
Blagojevich is currently set to go to trial in the Illinois state Senate after being impeached by the Illinois House.
WLS said Friday that it is prepared to offer Blagojevich his own show if he was willing to resign from office rather than standing for him impeachment trail.