Former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, who was never one to mince words during his political career, had a final moment in the spotlight on Wednesday when he made a statement before reporting to a federal prison to serve a 14-year sentence for corruption.
Calling his impending imprisonment a “calamity” and a “dark and long journey,” Blagojevich told a gaggle of reporters and supporters he was finding it difficult to know what to tell his children in the coming hours. “It’s hard for me to say that I have to go to prison,” he said.
The former governor also expressed optimism about his appeal on corruption conviction. “This is not over,” he said.
More than 50 reporters were swarming his home by mid-afternoon, including two television helicopters hovering overhead and a dozen TV trucks parked along his street. Some neighbors were signing a banner hung over a railing on Blagojevich’s house that read, “Thanks Mr. Governor. We Will Pray.”
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