Updated: June 27, 2011 7:47PM
After being convicted of corruption Monday, former governor Rod Blagojevich spoke briefly at the courthouse and then again outside his Ravenswood Manor home. Here’s what he said:
At the Dirksen Federal Building:
“Among the many lessons that I’ve learned from this whole experience is to try to speak a little bit less, so I’m going to keep my remarks kind of short. Patti and I obviously are very disappointed in the outcome. I, frankly, am stunned. There’s not much left to say other than we want to get home to our little girls and talk to them and explain things to them and then try to sort things out.
“And I’m sure we’ll be seeing you guys again.”
Outside his home, after meeting with supporters:
“It’s very meaningful to feel the people and feel the support of the people. It’s a very meaningful thing. The sadness that I feel, the disappointment and the shock. Patti and I have to discuss this with our children, our little girls, and start planning for the future. And of course I want things to work out best for Patti.
“It’s so important to let the people know I fought hard for them. What’s really difficult is that some people might think I let them down.”
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