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Governor Rod Blagojevich

Monday, September 14, 2009

Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich offers an account of his arrest and the subsequent media storm that engulfed him after he was caught up in a political scandal this year. In his book The Governor, he describes his view of politics and government.

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Rod Blagojevich

Comments [39]

linda from Greenwich, CT

Thank you Leoard. Like trout, you've learned to swim up stream preferring fresh water streams to salty oceans. I hope Blogo walks. The Chicago Feds wasting taxpayer's money, once again.

Aug. 25 2010 12:53 PM
rob-o-cop from ny

Bad Leonard, you get a smack for interrupting my listening with this

Sep. 14 2009 10:14 PM
Dan from earth

Cmon, Rod actually believes his own spewage. is sainthood next.

Sep. 14 2009 12:50 PM
Teresa from New York

why is this man on the air again???

Sep. 14 2009 12:45 PM
John from A Different FM Station

Wow! Geraldo and Blago on the same show! Wasn't Bozo the Clown available, too?!

Is WNYC going the same (low) route as the NY Times has been for the past few years?

Sep. 14 2009 12:41 PM
the truth from bkny

@22 - good one HJS

Sep. 14 2009 12:40 PM
Virginia Terry from brooklyn

Why are you throwing softballs to this guy. Dig deeper into his statements and defense. This is ridiculous

Sep. 14 2009 12:40 PM
Chris from New York

Seriously Leonard, I agree with just about everyone who posted, why on Earth is this guy on your show??? Are you serious? Sorry but I just turned off my radio because I could not listen to anymore of this crap. When this segment is over I'll return.

Sep. 14 2009 12:39 PM
LX from CT

This man is a waste of air time. I am disappointed in this programming. Please end this interview now.

Sep. 14 2009 12:37 PM
thomas from NYC

This guy is amazing. No matter what the charge and from which source it's an 'outrageous accusation' and nothing less than a pack of lies. Despite identifiable recordings and a mountain of accusations from all sectors we're supposed to believe the whole world is conspiring to get Rod Blagojevich. The *bleeping nerve this guy has is too *bleeping much for me to wrap my *bleeping head around. Possibly beneath this show but fascinating and infuriating all the same.

*those bleeps were not, in fact, bleeps.

Sep. 14 2009 12:34 PM
hjs from 11211

he must be a great guy if his friends would rather kill themselves than be around for their children.

Sep. 14 2009 12:34 PM
anonyme

just picture tomatoes being thrown at this goofball

Sep. 14 2009 12:33 PM
the truth from bkny

@5 ED - OJ Simpson is not a politician and he was also found NOT guilty, like it or not, remember?

Sep. 14 2009 12:33 PM
Vinny from Manalapan,NJ

Why are you giving this lying snake the chance to hawk his book?

Sep. 14 2009 12:33 PM
blogenfreude from Manhattan

Minnieapolis Star Tribune:

One of the four conversations was with Blagojevich's brother, who reported about a talk with the racetrack operator. "He said, 'You know, I'm good for it. I got to just decide what, what accounts to get it out of,' " Robert Blagojevich says.

"Right," Rod Blagojevich replies. "Before the end of the year, though, right?"

"Yeah, yeah, there was no waffling there," Robert says.

After more back-and-forth, the governor repeats, "But clearly before the end of the year, right?"

Blagojevich was seeking the money in return for signing legislation that benefited the racing industry, said Ellis and federal prosecutors, who contend that the two-term Democratic governor repeatedly tried to shake down people seeking state business.

Sep. 14 2009 12:32 PM
Ed from NY City

Can you ask him how is it possible that his former chief of staff admitted wrong doing?

Sep. 14 2009 12:32 PM
the truth from bkny

Never let 'em see ya sweat!! lol

Sep. 14 2009 12:32 PM
hjs from 11211

YOU LIE!

Sep. 14 2009 12:30 PM
anonyme

are you going to let people call in with questions?

Sep. 14 2009 12:30 PM
Jennifer from NYC

What time is the next segment!?! I want to hear it but i cant stand listening to this shmuck!

Sep. 14 2009 12:29 PM
anonyme

WHEN WILL YOU GET HIM OFF THE AIR?

Sep. 14 2009 12:29 PM
Gabby from Manhattan

Really?! Leonard?! Rod Blagojevich?! I tried. Can't listen to this anymore. We have better things to do with our time, don't we?!

Sep. 14 2009 12:29 PM
smidely

If he can't defend himself then why did he write his book and why is he on?

I always thought it was inappropriate that he got ousted from office the way he did, ie without a trial.

But listening to him now doesn't exactly prompt one to presume his innocence...If I were his principal he would be in detention!

Sep. 14 2009 12:29 PM
LH from Manhattan

He just sounds ridiculous, unsophisticated, and desperate. Leonard, I'm surprised that you're grabbing this low-hanging--and low-living--fruit!

Sep. 14 2009 12:27 PM
mr nyc

Congressmen and women are not appointed to fill empty seats like Senators are. Special elections are called so Blago is clearly lying. Can Leonard ask him about this?

Sep. 14 2009 12:26 PM
Bo from Prospect Heights

blah blah blah blah...poor me...it's everyone else not me...the arrogance of this guy is breathtaking.

Sep. 14 2009 12:25 PM
Jennifer from NYC

Oh Please!

Sep. 14 2009 12:24 PM
chris from manhattan

I fail to understand why Mr. Blagojevich is going on a seemingly endless publicity blitz, even parading his own wife about as a bewildered reality star for us to snigger at, hiring himself out as a karaoke Elvis impersonator, etc. --- isn't even this book, like everything else he's doing, all about making money? and wouldn't a plea of innocence or any other concerted efforts to "set the record straight" be better directed at an audience that stands to influence the outcome of all this? frankly, the public doesn't care about what trouble he's in, can do nothing to change it, and only find his ongoing presence in the media a source of entertainment. spend more time with your lawyers, and on preparing your case, sir.

Sep. 14 2009 12:24 PM
Ed from NY City

Nothing is true against this guy. There are so many allegations against this guy, but he still has no shame and comes out to "explain"

Sep. 14 2009 12:23 PM
Jennifer from NYC

Shame on you Leonard - giving this crook/creep Air-time! Boooooo!!!

Sep. 14 2009 12:21 PM
John from New Jersey

Nothing new here. Let's let the courts deal with it.

Sep. 14 2009 12:20 PM
Ed from NY City

It is amazing to see what king of dirt comes out when one of these crooks gets cought. We are interpreting words now like in Clinton's case was it or was it not considered sex...

Sep. 14 2009 12:18 PM
Janny from jersey city

Nauseating. He just confirms the funny yet disheartening motto heard back in the day growing up in old Daley's Chicago: vote early, vote often...

Sep. 14 2009 12:16 PM
Liz from Washington Heights

I moved to NYC from Chicago a few years ago. Blagojevich's propensity to make extravagant promises and claims is well know there. There is far more emphasis on the dramatic than there is on actual statesmanship. I have never experienced a more shameless name dropper, daring anyone to smear mud on him lest they also spatter his betters. Or perhaps trying to steal some of their sunlight. Blagojevich should be ashamed of himself, he certainly shames the state of Illinois.

Sep. 14 2009 12:15 PM
Ed from NY City

How is it possible that all media is the platform for corrupt politicians to come and "explain" themselves. If this so called politician is given this opportunity, I would like to hear what OJ Simpson has to say, why not give him the same opportunity.

Sep. 14 2009 12:11 PM
Cory from Crown Point, NY

Len -- Are you freaking kidding? Marketing for this crook?

Sep. 14 2009 12:09 PM
Meg Scarpetta from Stamford, CT-the 'burbs

I'm with George from Bay Ridge, Leonard, seriously?

Sep. 14 2009 12:09 PM
stuart

Let's talk about the hair - seriously. He's over 50, and not a speck of gray. Does he, or doesn't he?

Sep. 14 2009 09:58 AM
George from Bay Ridge

What the hell were you thinking?

Sep. 14 2009 02:39 AM

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