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Blago on Huckabee: 'Burris turned us down.' But did he?

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Blagojevich Ettinger

Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich just told a national TV audience while appearing on Mike Huckabee's talk show tonight that Roland Burris refused to donate to Citizens for Blagojevich last year.
In defending his pick of Burris to succeed Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate, Blagojevich said Burris "turned us down," and didn't donate.
It's true Burris did not donate to Blagojevich's campaign fund in the final months of last year.
But how does the public know that the decision wasn't made for Burris?
The ex-governor was arrested on corruption charges -- including that he allegedly tried selling President Obama's Senate seat -- six days before Burris said he'd write a check to Blagojevich.
Burris' own lawyer said his client never called Blagojevich or his brother to tell them he refused to donate.
A refusal would be a change of heart from what's now become a very public Nov. 13 phone call where Burris is heard saying he would kick in money at a time that he sought the Senate seat appointment.
On a recently released recording between Burris and Blagojevich's brother, Robert, Burris can be heard promising to personally write a check by Dec. 15th of last year. Burris also can be heard saying he'd consider doing something in the name of Timothy Wright.
Wright, his law partner, has told the Sun-Times that following the Nov. 13 phone call, Burris asked him about holding a fund-raiser or making a Blagojevich contribution.
Wright said he told Burris he thought that was a terrible idea.
In a short interview on the conservative talk show, Blagojevich recited a prayer about mercy and invoked God's name on numerous occasions.
"I also believe God has a purpose for this," Blagojevich told Huckabee, who ran for president last year.
"I've been railroaded, I've been wronged," the ex-governor went on.
"I'm the anti-Nixon," he says, explaining he wants all the tapes regarding his discussions of the Senate seat made public.
"I think what you'll find is a governor who worked ALL the time for the people of Illinois," he said.

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I don't know who is a bigger fool? Rod or Burris? Rod is a joke; dose he really think he can continue fooling the Illinois Taxpayer? The truth is; I rather read a article praising a heroic police officer, or reporter from the ChicagoTribune or Suntimes, who help bring Rod, and Roland political crime spree to a end which included but not limited to extortion, fraud, and pay for play politics. Once again I would like to thank both law enforcement, and those reporters just incase everyone else is too stupid to tell the differents between a couple clowns, and a real hero. Thank you, and God bless you.

I saw the interview, watching Blagojevich's attempts to manipulate his host with "the five things we have in common", was embarrassing and insulting...He assumes everyone in the audience and his host are stupid, and are capable of falling for his lame attempt at being charming. The only people he is capable of winning over are possibly the people who are not from Illinois and don't read the local news.

January 4, 2009, the Sun-Times did a front page story about a Dec. 6, 2008 phone call to former Gov. Blagojevich that was recorded by the ferderal government in a ferderal investagation of former Gov. Blago.

Sen. Durbin, Sen. Reid and Sen. Menendez where on that call telling the former Gov. that they wanted him to pick Lisa the Atty. General of Illinois for President Obama's Senate set, and that they wouldn't except Cong. Davis, Jackson Jr. or Illinois Senate President Emil Jones ( of them are Affrican-American) they didn't want any Black folks in the Senate.

It's time for the Sun-Times to print what was said on that tape, it's time for the Sun-Times to tell Durbin and those other Senators to tell us in Illinois what kind of deal where they trying to cut for that Senate set, before we read it in former Gov Blago's book and before we hear it in court, so the world will know that the media here isn't racsist and they really want the truth to come out.

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