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Blagojevich on Jesse Jackson Jr.: "He's a bad guy."

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Prosecutors have played more of a taped conversation between Rod Blagojevich, then-Chief of Staff John Harris and Democratic consultant Fred Yang.

They're still mulling over Blago's options -- the job at labor organization Change to Win, a possible Washington lobbying gig for Patti.

Then the conversation turns to Jesse Jackson Jr.

Fred Yang: I think the only option you should not contemplate is Jesse Jackson Jr. for the Senate seat.
Blagojevich: Like, nobody ... you and Obama agree on that one. Tell me why.
Yang: I don't think he deserves to be in the U.S. Senate, for one. And I don't think he could hold a U.S. Senate seat.
Blagojevich: Not to mention No. 3 -- he's a bad guy.

From the stand, Harris tells the court there was "bad blood" between Blago and Jesse Jr. dating back to the ex-governor's first gubernatorial primary. Jackson promised to endorse Blago, but changed his mind when Roland Burris entered the race.

On the tape, Blago is heard saying a Jesse Jr. appointment is "highly, highly, highly unlikely."

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