U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald, flanked by 17 other government officials, reacted to Rod Blagojevich's 14-year sentence, calling it "profoundly sad."
Fitzgerald said that having two Illinois governors convicted of crimes in the same century would be too much.
"We've seen it happen twice in five years," Fitzgerald said, calling it "profoundly sad."
"The public has had enough and judges have had enough," Fitzgerald said. "This needs to stop. To put it very, very simply, we don't want to be back here again. .. the short answer is, this must stop."
Fitzgerald said he felt for the Blagojevich children but noted that it's often the family who pays when a criminal gets caught.
"What happened to the family is a very sad situation," Fitzgerald said.
Fitzgerald famously said after Blagojevich's 2008 arrest that "Lincoln would be rolling over in his grave," if he knew of Blagojevich's conduct.
Asked what Lincoln would be doing today, Fitzgerald said:"I'm going to be dull today, I'm not going to comment."