Chicago — Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Friday that if what he’s done as Illinois governor is an impeachable offense, he’s living on the “wrong planet” and is in the “wrong place.”
Speaking to a WLS-TV reporter outside a Chicago law office, the governor said he was hired to fight for the people of Illinois and that’s what he’s been doing.
The interview marked the first time Blagojevich has spoken to the media since giving a defiant three-minute speech last Friday in which he said he’ll fight the forces against him until he takes his last breath.
The 52-year-old Democrat is charged with scheming to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder. Federal prosecutors built their case against the governor using wiretapped conversations riddled with profanity.
“Look, if I’d have known people were listening, I probably wouldn’t have said some of the things you say in private conversations,” Blagojevich said Friday. “But I think there’s probably tens of millions of people across America that talk like that from time to time.”