WASHINGTON – Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s language would have made a Gotti blush as wiretaps caught him hatching schemes to auction off Barack Obama’s Senate seat and to squeeze the Chicago Tribune. Even his wife tossed a few F-bombs: Hours before Obama’s Nov. 4 victory, Blagojevich told aides he felt “stuck” as governor and might appoint himself senator if he wasn’t given a plum administration job. “Unless I get something real good … s–t, I’ll just send myself [to D.C.],” he said. On Election Day, with Obama’s victory in the bag, Blagojevich told a lieutenant to draw up a list of potential Team Obama jobs – including an ambassadorship – but it “can’t be in writing.” Discussing Obama’s wish list to replace him in the Senate, the governor told an adviser he would act in good faith, “but it is not coming for free.” By Nov. 5, his list expanded to heading the Health and Human Services Department or a top-dollar job running a nonprofit organization: “I’ve got this thing and it’s f—–g golden, and, uh, uh, I’m just not giving it up for f—–g nothing … I can parachute me there.” On Nov. 8, the governor said he is… Read full this story
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