Rod Blagojevich was worried about money in the year after he won the governor's seat in 2002. Patti's real estate firm had taken a hit since she'd become first lady, and the family was forced to live on Rod's $160,000-or-so governor's salary, Monk testified.
It didn't help that Rod liked to buy expensive suits, he said.
But Rod's money worries were bad news for Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly, Monk said.
"They didn't want Rod and Patti to really be worried about finances, because they didn't want finances to be the reason why he may not run for re-election or run for higher office," Monk said.
The higher office Rezko and Kelly had in mind?
"At one point, president of the United States," Monk said.
They were eying the 2008 election, Monk said, because "2004 would have been premature for someone who had just become governor."