'Senator Oprah' Sounded Good to Blago

Then-gov considered media titan to succeed Obama as senator
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 28, 2010 2:30 PM CDT
'Senator Oprah' Sounded Good to Blago
Holding a mini cupcake, former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich departs the federal court building in Chicago after the first week of his federal corruption trial, June 10, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – As Rod Blagojevich considered possible successors to Barack Obama as US senator from Illinois, he came up with one name "no one can assail": Oprah Winfrey. As the former governor's corruption trial dragged on today in Chicago, prosecutors played a tape from December 2008—after Obama confidant Valerie Jarrett had withdrawn, the Tribune reports, costing Blago what he perceived as leverage with the president-elect—of Blagojevich and an aide tossing around names.

story continues below

"Oprah, by the way, is not far-fetched," Blago said. His chief of staff called the notion "crazy," and the governor shot back, "That's where you're wrong." Also under consideration, even more briefly, was a legal resident of California: Arnold Schwarzenegger.
(Read more Rod Blagojevich stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.