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Blagojevich says he didn't threaten anyone to give Patti a job

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Reporting with Abdon Pallasch

Rod Blagojevich's testimony turns to his wife, Patti Blagojevich and allegations that he tried using his influence as governor to get her a job.

He praises her a little too much at first, prompting an objection from Judge James Zagel, who says he's the last person "on earth" who would stop someone from going on about his spouse. But stop.

Blagojevich is trying to rebut testimony from John Harris, who said that the governor ordered him to set up meetings between state contractors and his wife.

Harris said that after those meetings went sour, Blagojevich told him to cut off the contractors from future state work.

But Blagojevich said Patti did meet with contractors and they told her she'd have a tough time getting work in using her Series 7 license, to be a financial adviser, because of a potential conflict involving her husband.

"She was going to get bubkis for it. Nada, nothing," he said. Blagojevich denied any retaliation.

Prosecutors stayed away from bringing up Tony Rezko and Patti's job with his firm during this trial.

Today, Blagojevich also stays away from Rezko. But he goes on at length about how he always tried keeping family separate from his administration.

Except he does admit he asked Harris whether he could appoint Patti to the Illinois Pollution Control Board.

"She was not nominated to the Illinois Pollution Control board," Blagojevich said.
"I made a decision to not appoint her."

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