Ex-Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he sometimes lies awake at night worrying about being locked up -- but he’d never cut a deal with prosecutors to shave years off a prison sentence.
"I think about it (prison) in the wee hours, in the witching hour — I'm only human," the disgraced pol told The Associated Press.
Blagojevich is accused of trying to barter away Barack Obama’s Senate replacement in exchange for a high-priced job for himself or his wife, or cash for a political campaign.
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But speaking by phone Tuesday to the AP while in New York to promote his new book “The Governor,” Blagojevich said he had only meant to cut a deal with Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan to help pass a large public works bill. Under the terms of the scheme, which he also discusses in his book, Blagojevich says he planned to offer Obama's seat to Madigan's daughter, Attorney General Lisa Madigan, in exchange for her father's help with the bill. Blagojevich said he expected to be “vindicated.”
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