Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Wednesday he is ready to tell his side of the scandal to the people of Illinois and that he would do so no later than Thursday.
“I can’t wait to begin to tell my side of the story and to address you guys and, most importantly, the people of Illinois. That’s who I’m dying to talk to,” he said as he left his home Wednesday morning for a jog.
“There’s a time and place for everything. That day will soon be here and you might know more about that today, maybe no later than tomorrow.”
On Tuesday, an impeachment inquiry against Blagojevich hit a speed bump shortly after getting under way, with state lawmakers seeking guidance from federal prosecutors and postponing any real action until the governor’s attorney arrives.
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich is surrounded by the media before jogging at his home in Chicago, Wednesday, Dec.17, 2008. Blagojevich said Wednesday he is ready to tell his side of the scandal to the people of Illinois and that he would do so no later than Thursday.(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)
The attorney, Ed Genson, planned to attend Wednesday’s meeting of a special Illinois House committee reviewing potential impeachment and may provide the first hint of the embattled Democratic governor’s strategy.
The committee’s chairwoman, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, said Wednesday’s meeting would focus on a review of the criminal case against Blagojevich and no witnesses would be called.
When asked if he would join his lawyer at the Capitol Wednesday, Blagojevich said he was “in good hands” with Genson being there. Asked about when he might talk, the governor was glib: “To quote Elvis, ‘hang loose.’ Now can I get a run in, do you think?”