Blagojevich ‘totally bored’ with prison, his former lawyer says
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org June 26, 2012 8:52PM
Rod Blagojevich addresses the media outside his home on W. Sunnyside Ave. Wednesday, March 14, 2012, in Chicago. | John J. Kim~Sun-Times
Updated: July 28, 2012 6:40AM
The Blago Beat ...
Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, 55, who seemed to optimistically bound into prison three months ago, is bored out of his skull.
“He’s totally bored,” said Blago’s former attorney, Sam Adam Jr.
“He’s till working in the kitchen doing the pots and pans ... and what he’d really like to do is teach,” said Adam.
◆The buckshot: “But (the prison) has yet to do the switch,” Adam told Sneed.
◆Translation: It’s now past the federal prison’s rule of new inmates being assigned menial tasks for a the first 90 days. Blago, who wants to teach Shakespeare or ancient Greek philosophy or mythology, entered prison March 15 to begin serving his 14-year sentence.
◆A clean-up act? Is Blago, who described his entrance into prison like reporting for military service, still stuck in the kitchen to help activate a little humility?
◆Meanwhile: Adam’s father, Sam Sr., continues to send his former client a book a week on history — and wife, Patti, is “still working hard to make ends meet for her family selling insurance,” Adam told Sneed.
◆The Buckshot: “The family is still distraught, very distraught,” said Adam.
The Ryan Report ...
It has been a year since imprisoned former Gov. George Ryan, whose jail term ends July 4, 2013, lost his beloved wife, Lura Lynn to cancer.
The Jackson Exit ...
U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr.’s sudden “medical” leave of absence this month is due to a case of the “shpilkes.”
◆Translation: Jackson’s got the jitters.
◆Explanation: Jackson’s litany of ailments, which includes a tough political schedule, a shaky marriage and a federal probe — also includes a past history of adultery. That can cause a stapled stomach to reflux over news the feds arrested his buddy, Raghuveer Nayak, a top Dem fund-raiser who flew Jackson’s “social acquaintance” to Chicago on at least two occasions.
◆Quoth a Jackson buddy: “I saw him several weeks ago, and he seemed fine to me.”
◆Sneed is told the Congressman’s wife, Ald. Sandi Jackson, was spotted at O’Hare Airport Tuesday returning to Chicago from Washington, D.C. Phone calls to her went unreturned.
Top tips ...
◆Grabbing the Gidwitz gold: If GOP presidential hopeful Mitt Romney pulls the election off, the hottest “go-to” guy in Illinois will be top Romney fund-raiser Ron Gidwitz.
◆Making an exit? U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin telling pals he might retire in two years.
◆Hi & Bye: First lady Michelle Obama, who hit town Tuesday to raise Dem femme cash for her hubby at the Standard Club, sliced some time off her schedule to stop by the Obama campaign office at the Prudential building to thank the staff for their work.
Vroom Vroom ...
Watch for Gov. Pat Quinn to unveil the new Dodge Dart at Soldier Field on Wednesday. Quinn, who once owned a Dodge and has been touting Chrysler’s expansion from 200 jobs to 4,500 jobs all over Illinois, will test drive the Dart with Dodge CEO Reid Bigland.
◆Sneed bet: Will Quinn buy a Dodge Dart himself? I think that’s a positive.
Star gazing ...
Actor Kelsey Grammer was spotted walking down trendy Oak Street hand in hand with wife, Kayte Walsh, and the children of his former reality TV wife, Camille Grammer, last week. “They were smiling, strolling and just hanging out,” said a Sneed source looking out the window of the “M” hair salon last week.
Wednesday’s birthdays: Ross Perot, 82; Julia Duffy, 61; Norma Kamali, 67, and Craig Hodges, 52.