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Blago: One More Day and Madigan Would Be Senator



    Blagojevich says if he would have had just one more day to work, he would have gotten Madigan appointed to the Senate. (Published Friday, Aug. 20, 2010)

    Former governor Rod Blagojevich says had he not been arrested in December of 2008, Attorney General Lisa Madigan would have been his pick for the US Senate.

    In an exclusive interview with NBC Chicago in New York, Blagojevich said he was indeed attempting to cut a deal for the Senate seat, but one which was good for the citizens of Illinois.

    "Rahm Emanuel was involved in this, with me and my staff," Blagojevich said.  "Lisa Madigan, in exchange for her father stopping to block a big public works bill, that would have created 500,000 jobs, expansion of health care for 300,000 people, and a written memo of understanding to not raise taxes on the people of Illinois."

    Such a scenario was floated on some of the undercover tapes played at Blagojevich's recent criminal trial, but no evidence was presented that Madigan was ever approached about the job.

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    NBC attempted to reach Madigan for comment, but calls have not been returned.

    Asked about allegations that Blagojevich was entertaining the idea of appointing Jesse Jackson Jr., in exchange for a big campaign contribution, he said, "If it was about fund-raising, then why didn't they indict Congressman Jackson?  It was never about fund-raising!"

    Blagojevich also said that he would be inclined to take the stand in his upcoming retrial if his lawyers believe it's a good idea.

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