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Blago to Illinois: 'I gave your grandmother a free f---ing ride on a bus. OK?'

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More than 40 recordings have been played in Rod Blagojevich's retrial, but today the former governor's potty-mouth still managed to reach a new low.

With former deputy governor Robert Greenlee on the stand, Blagojevich is heard on tape talking about appointing himself to the Senate seat. He says he realizes it'll be an unpopular move, but so few people like him, according to a recent opinion poll, it doesn't really matter anyway.

"I f------ busted my a-- and pissed people off and gave your grandmother a free f------ ride on a bus. OK? I gave your f------ baby a chance to have health care," Blagojevich says, his anger building. "And what do I get for that? Only 13 percent of you all out there think I'm doing a good job. So f--- all of you."

Greenlee also testified that he was ordered to look up ambassadorships for Blagojevich, ones that the then-governor would ask for in exchange for appointing Valerie Jarrett to the Senate seat.

On one call, Greenlee is heard starting to describe the different positions.

But Blagojevich cuts him off. What does it pay? He wants to know.

At that, a couple of jurors are seen smiling.

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This page contains a single entry by Natasha Korecki published on May 11, 2011 12:48 PM.

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