Blagojevich calls his ousting 'my tsunami'
BY LARK TURNER
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich in WLS Radio studio, 190 N. State Street hosting the Don Wade and Roma Show, Wednesday, March 16, 2011. | John H. White~Sun-Times
Rod Blagojevich got behind the mic at WLS-890 AM Wednesday morning during which he called his ousting as governor "my tsunami" and called Springfield lawmakers "cynical scoundrels."
A characteristically chatty Blagojevich aired scathing critiques of what he termed an "unholy trinity" and "triumvirate" in office in Springfield -- his successor Gov. Pat Quinn, House Speaker Mike Madigan (D-Chicago) and Senate President John Cullerton (D-Chicago)-- whom he accused of taking advantage of Illinois taxpayers.
"It's a feeding frenzy in Springfield. They are lunching up on your money and it's no accident they're doing it in the months after the election," the former governor said, adding later: "Pat Quinn made a deal with the devil with those two guys [Madigan and Cullerton]. ... He is owned by Mike Madigan, he is afraid of Mike Madigan and he does his bidding."
He said Madigan and Cullerton benefited from relative anonymity to the average taxpayer and said the two were "in the back rooms, literally, in the shadows, literally, they're pulling the strings."
Blagojevich, who was filling in for usual hosts Don Wade and Roma, had a Sunday morning radio show on WLS following his 2008 arrest, a controversial move lasting until his first trial began in 2010. He was convicted during that trial of just one of 24 counts against him, lying to the FBI; he'll be retried on 20 remaining counts beginning April 20.
"I did not lie to the FBI. They threw everything at me but the kitchen sink," Blagojevich told ABC 7's Jason Knowles who called into the show. "I'm seeking vindication."
Blagojevich said he is making no assumptions about whether or not a motion filed last week by his lawyers to cancel his retrial and sentence him immediately would be successful. He said it was "not by any means" an admission of guilt.