Patti Blagojevich: "I Love My Husband"

By Daniel Macht
|  Sunday, May 24, 2009  |  Updated 3:24 AM CDT
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Patti Blagojevich: "I Love My Husband"

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United in love and enthusiasm for reality TV super-stardom.

The wife of ousted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says her marriage has never been stronger since her man was arrested on federal fraud charges.

"What do they say? Rich or poor, sickness and in health?" Patti Blagojevich told the Chicago Sun-Times. "Through thick and thin. You're married. You made a commitment to someone. I love my husband. He's a devoted husband, a great father. He's loyal, hardworking."

Rod Blagojevich faces federal charges including allegations that he tried to profit from President Barack Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat. He has pleaded not guilty.

The former Illinois first lady said she has had trouble landing a job since being fired from her fund-raising gig once her husband's scandal broke. 

"It's harder when you've gotten notoriety attached to you," Blagojevich told the Sun-Times. "The first thing that an employer does is Google you, right?"

To pay for her two daughters' $10,000-a-year private schooling, Blagojevich plans to take a role on NBC reality TV show "I'm a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here." It'll be filmed in the Costa Rican jungle.

Blagojevich did not say how much she'll be paid to be filmed doing humiliating "tasks" opposite B-list celebrities like former American Idol contestant Sanjaya Malakar.

Her husband was reportedly offered $123,000 to do the show, but the judge in his corruption case nixed that opportunity. 

Sources told the Sun-Times that the Blagojevich clan faces mounting credit card debts, in part from Blago's past spending spree on expensive suits.

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