On the last recording played before the break, the organization Change to Win, a political group funded by organized labor that Blagojevich eventually hoped he might head, is mentioned for the first time.
Harris told the governor in the recorded call that Change to Win could appeal to Blagojevich’s love of campaigning and keep him connected to politics.
“This is your quiet grass roots way of building up an operation for 2016,” Blagojevich said of himself, meaning a run for president.
“It’s very appealing, isn’t it?” Blagojevich said in the recorded call. “I tell you it’s a great (expletive) idea.”
It could be something the Service Employee International Union could deliver on, Harris replied. “They can help Barack by helping you,” Harris said.