Straight from the horse’s mouth. Close your eyes if you fear the F word may burn them.
Governor Blagojevich: In His Own Words at CBS2 Chicago. Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich on wiretaps trying to profit from the senate appointee to Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate position.
Blagojevich considered taking the job himself: “If … they’re not going to offer anything of any value, then I might just take it.”
Later he says: “Unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying. I’m going to keep this Senate option for me a real possibility, you know, and therefore I can drive a hard bargain. You hear what I’m saying.
“And if I don’t get what I want and I’m not satisfied with it, then I’ll just take the Senate seat myself. [The Senate seat] “is a fucking valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”
In a separate conversation, Blagojevich says: “I’ve got this thing and it’s fucking golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for fuckin’ nothing. I’m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.”
Blagojevich also asked what he can get from President-elect Obama
for the Senate seat: “Can [the President-elect] help in the private sector. . . where it wouldn’t be tied to him? . . .I mean, so it wouldn’t necessarily look like one for the other.”
Blagojevich said that consultants (believed to be on the call at that time) are telling him that he has to “suck it up” for two years and do nothing and give this “motherfucker [the President-elect] his
senator. Fuck him. For nothing? Fuck him.”
The language indicates a man driving a hard bargain indeed.