By KC Morgan

Blagojevich Corruption Probe

In what is truly one of the strangest memoirs ever penned by the hand of man, disgraced former Governor Rod Blagojevich compares his life to the likes of “Othello,” “King Lear” and “Julius Caesar.” However, Blago’s “The Governor” is unlike anything Shakespeare, the Sweet Swan of Avon, ever wrote.

“When the story of my years as governor ends, I was left with neither a kingdom nor a horse. Or for that matter, even a car,” Blago writes in his memoir, likening his experience to “Richard the Third.” He also compares himself to – get this – Martha Stewart, Theodore Roosevelt and George Bailey (played by Jimmy Stewart, the protagonist in Frank Capra’s It’s a Wonderful Life).

Rod Blagojevich’s Downfall

Rod Blagojevich became the Governor of Illinois in 2003 following a 2002 election. He was arrested on federal corruption charges in December 2009. Allegedly, Blagojevich was involved in conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud, as well as solicitation of bribery. The Justice Department accused Blago, specifically, of abusing his position to fill former Senator Barack Obama’s seat for his own personal gain. Allegedly, Blagojevich essentially attempted to sell the seat to the highest bidder.

In the book, Blago directly addresses these charges and largely blames them on five people: House Speaker Michael Madigan, US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, Antoin “Tony” Rezko and Blagojevich’s father-in-law Richard Mell. “Take Tony Rezko out of my life and I really believe I wouldn’t be where I am right now,” Blago writes in the book.

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