Reporting with Natasha Korecki
As President-elect Barack Obama and his soon-to-be Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel prepped to leave Illinois for Washington, D.C., Rod Blagojevich testifies that he felt left out. That's why he wanted a position in Obama's administration, Blagojevich says.
"Again I'm in this process of trying to gather options," Blagojevich explains. He felt "a sense of loneliness and envy that they were all going off to Washington to do all these great things."
While he discusses a November 2008 meeting with union leader Tom Balanoff, Blagojevich explains that appointing Obama's apparent choice, Valerie Jarrett, to the Senate seemed like a giveaway.
"I was going to make Obama's choice for senator, if indeed that was his choice, and they'd all be on their merry way," he said.
Meanwhile, he said he would be stuck back in Illinois with House Speaker Michael Madigan blocking his every move.
And he felt it would only get worse if he didn't name Madigan's daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to the seat.
"I'd be worse than a lame duck, because in addition to the existing gridlock, I wouldn't have made his daughter a senator," he said.