In testimony Tuesday, union leader Tom Balanoff said Rod Blagojevich tried shaking him down for a job at a foundation in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate, called Alexi Giannoulias a "mother f-----," and wasn't up on appointing U.S. Rep. Jan Schakowsky: "If she had any ancestors who came over on slave ships she'd be fine." In a recording, he says of veteran Chicago reporter Carol Marin: "I hate her...I hate her."
Jurors also heard for the first time the infamous "f------ golden," recording, where Blagojevich says of the Senate seat appointment: "I've got this thing and it's f------ golden and I'm not giving it up for f------ nothing."
Other than that, just the usual at the Blagojevich trial.
Good for Blagojevich: Judge James Zagel says if the former governor takes the stand, he can admit a recording where Blagojevich is heard saying he wants to appoint Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in exchange for an expansive legislative package that includes no tax increases and more health care.
Up today: Doug Scofield, onetime campaign communications chief continues his testimony. The full "f------ golden" recording and transcript should be released by day's end.