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Blagojevich Wanted a Non-Profit Job Like, Y'know, Elizabeth Dole

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    Chief of staff John Harris is back on the stand Wednesday, and the prosecution is playing more tapes concerning Blagojevich’s dealing for a senate seat.

    Yesterday the governor was heard musing about an ambassadorship to India or some other job that would take him away from Illinois. Today there’s talk of heading a non-profit.

    On calls from Nov. 5, 2008, Blagojevich presses his subordinates to find him a job with a foundation or charity, hoping to land a position akin to Elizabeth Dole’s at the Red Cross.

    Blagojevich is heard wondering if Obama might use his influence to arrange some such post in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat. 

    Harris says it would have to be "something that would not raise the specter of a deal, because he's got a buffer."

    Blagojevich asks several times, "See what they pay?"

    At one point someone mentions the Salvation Army.  Blagojevich says "Oh that'd be huge!  Do you have to wear a uniform?  Forget that!"

    Tuesday the former governor was heard angling talking about his desire to be appointed ambassador to India.