Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich considered nominating his rival's daughter to the US Senate in exchange for concessions on pet projects, the AP reports. Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, daughter of the state's powerful House Speaker Michael Madigan, was in contention for the spot, according to aides to Sen. Dick Durbin. In turn, Blagojevich wanted capital spending projects and a health care bill stuck in the legislature to move forward.
The appointment of Madigan would have come as a shock, given the then-governor's tumultuous relationship with her father. Durbin's aides confirmed that the Illinois senator thought she would be a good choice, an "innocuous compromise" likely to withstand a Republican challenge. As of November, Madigan, who many believe will run for governor in 2010, believed she had a "less than zero" shot at the seat.