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.