The flamboyant return of Rod Blagojevich

The former Illinois governor's time in prison did nothing to change his smooth-talking ways or produce a path to humility.



February 20, 2020 - 9:49 AM

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich shakes his fist as he speaks to the media in front of his home in Chicago on Wednesday. Blagojevich was released from prison after President Trump commuted his 14-year sentence. Photo by (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Rod Blagojevich emerged from prison and returned to the comforts of kith, kin and a microphone.

Yep, there he was Wednesday, his first morning as a freed convict, freshly shaved and nicked by a sharp civilian razor, standing outside his Ravenswood Manor home on Chicago’s North Side. He was holding a news conference, seeking attention and adulation just like in the old days before he became a felonious ex-governor, guilty of multiple counts of corruption.

Based on that performance, we can say two things with certainty about this disgraced pol: He didn’t lose his smooth-talking ways while incarcerated, nor did he find humility. He made clear he isn’t retaking a place in the public eye so he can acknowledge his wrongdoing. He’s a victim. And he has some things to say about that.

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