Patti Is Not a 'Potty Mouth,' Family Says

Feds' wiretap recording paints off-color image of Mrs. Blagojevich
By Rebecca Smith Hurd,  Newser User
Posted Dec 11, 2008 1:22 PM CST
Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich talks to his wife Patti as they leave their home in Chicago today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Illinois’ first lady is not the “potty mouth” the feds and Barbara Walters make her out to be, Patti Blagojevich’s family tells the Chicago Sun-Times. While conceding that Patti can be “standoffish," state legislator Deborah Mell said yesterday, “that is absolutely not my sister,” caught in a wiretap recording cursing newspaper editors for remarks about husband Rod Blagojevich.

Her sister, father, and brother describe Patti as “wonderful,” “loyal to a fault,” and a good mom. This despite the fact that Patti’s father, Chicago councilman Dick Mell, says he was “estranged” from his daughter over public fights with the governor and raising questions about his fundraising tactics. “At that time, I felt that I was right to say what I said,” he maintains.