Rod Blagojevich

Rod
Blagojevich
1956

American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison

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Dec. 9 to my family, to us, to me, is what Pearl Harbor Day was to the United States. ? Jan. 22, 2009 about the day of his arrest.

I?ve got this thing and it?s f?ing golden, and, uh, uh, I?m just not giving it up for f?-in? nothing. I?m not gonna do it. And, and I can always use it. I can parachute me there.

Part of protecting our homeland means being less dependent on foreign countries for our energy.

Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what's coming your way and then stick to it, which is what I did, and knowing all of this that we're dealing with now is what we have to deal with? I say I do.

If you don't take enough math classes or science classes or writing intensive classes, you're not going to be prepared to compete in college or the workplace -- no matter what your diploma says.

The Ryan administration ended their days in office by using the power at their discretion to put friends and associates in high-paying jobs, he said. I intend to use every power I have and my discretion as governor to eliminate unqualified, unnecessary and overpaid individuals wherever I find them in state government.

Each proposed B-2 stealth bomber costs three times more than it would if every part of the plane were made from solid gold. The cost is $2.3 billion each.

I'll do anything, legal and ethical and honest.

This kind of examination isn't a bad thing if you're confident that your systems are working and that you know that you try to do things honestly, ethically and responsibly.

For the same reason we don't allow kids to buy pornography, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy cigarettes, for the same reason we don't allow kids to buy alcohol, we shouldn't allow them to go to stores and buy video games.

I'm blacker than Barack Obama. I shined shoes. I grew up in a five-room apartment. My father had a little laundromat in a black community not far from where we lived. I saw it all growing up.

Today I am signing a bill into law that finally gives Illinois revolutionary ethics reform. We are not just tinkering at the edges, tweaking here and tightening there. Today we are re-establishing the primacy of principle over politics, and in Illinois that constitutes real change.

Health care is not a privilege. It's a right. It's a right as fundamental as civil rights. It's a right as fundamental as giving every child a chance to get a public education.

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.

Unless I get something real good for [Senate Candidate 1], shit, I'll just fuck myself, you know what I'm saying.

Hey, let me ask you a question? Do you think I get up every single day wasting my time doing that? I get up trying to get health care done for people, education funding, create jobs--the stuff that people care about, doing things for people.

I'm happy to make an appointment, talk to you guys about that. But I feel real good about all the different things that we do because we follow the rules and we do things right and at the end of the day, as they say in the Bible, the truth shall set you free. The truth is what it is. And the truth is we do things right.

We do everything right.

I don?t believe there?s any cloud that hangs over me. I think there?s nothing but sunshine hanging over me. ? Dec. 8, 2008, one day before his arrest on corruption charges.

I'm not worried about anything. What I'm a little concerned about is the lack of integrity and the sensationalism of some of the reporters who exaggerate and with hysterical sensationalism overstate and are dishonest about how they report some of the things.

We have to be sure [students] understand that racial, national, ethnic, and religious hatred can lead to horrible tragedies.

I have confidence that they do things right. They don't break the law or make any promises or deals or quid pro quos. Those are obvious and I don't think it takes a brain surgeon to figure out you shouldn't do those things.

I'm simply going to say, whatever letter of the alphabet you want to put on something, what's described there does not describe how I operate or how I do things, and all I'm going to say about a court case that I'm not involved in is that there's not anything for me to say.

We have to seize this moment and enact meaningful ethics reform. After all we've been through, we cannot expect the people just instinctively to trust their government. We can't just pay lip service to the need for ethics reform and expect them to go along.

I know each fund has its supporters, and that some will not want to see the surplus go to schools. But, in tough times, you have to set priorities. And our priority is education.

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First Name
Rod
Last Name
Blagojevich
Birth Date
1956
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American Politician, Governor of Illinois, U.S. House of Representatives representing Chicago, Impeached and removed from office for corruption; solicited bribes for political appointments, Convicted and Sentenced to 14 years in federal prison