Blago Wants Smart Cabinet Position…

Prosecutors allege the ex-governor tried to leverage his Senate appointment power as a bargaining chip to find his next job.

At times, there’s a kid-in-a-candy-store flavor to the wish lists that Rod Blagojevich rattles off in the wiretaps played at his corruption trial. A very frustrated kid in a store with shelves that leave things mostly out of his reach.

Blagojevich wants to be ambassador to India, or maybe Indonesia. Or how about the United Nations?

The list goes on: a cabinet post such as health and human services secretary or commerce secretary, university professor, political action committee director, advocacy group head, leader of a nonprofit. Maybe, he said, he would just appoint himself to the vacancy in the U.S. Senate that he’s now accused of essentially trying to sell to the highest bidder.

Or, to put it another way, Blagojevich desperately wanted to be anything but Illinois governor, the job he twice campaigned furiously to win.

“Whatever cabinet position would be not stupid?” Blagojevich asked on one call.

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