Rod Blagojevich's Chief of Staff Testifies That They Considered Oprah, Cheryle Jackson and Jesse Jackson Jr. as Potential Senate Appointees

She [Oprah] made Obama ... she's a Democrat.”

— Rod Blagojevich

She's [Cheryle Jackson] so f------ incompetent and a f------ liar. "There's no f------ way"... She bounced a check, forget about it. Don't put her in there.”

— Rod Blagojevich

I'm glad someone's thinking about me and how they can help me.”

— Rod Blagojevich, to Jesse Jackson Jr.

Rod Blagojevich and John Harris are floating names for the U.S. Senate seat on the next tape. Blago suggests Oprah Winfrey.

"That's crazy," Harris says.
"That's where you're wrong," Blago replies.

Blagojevich is increasingly out of breath while he's talking; the sound of weights clanging is audible in the background. It sounds like he is working out at home while discussing the appointment.

Discussion of the Senate seat appointment continues in the next tape.

On the possibility of former staffer and former U.S. Sen. candidate Cheryle Jackson getting appointed, Rod goes berserk.

"She's so f------ incompetent and a f------ liar," he says. "There's no f------ way"... She bounced a check, forget about it. Don't put her in there."

Cheryle Jackson had bounced a campaign contribution check.

Former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris details a Dec. 8 meeting between the ex-governor and Jesse Jackson Jr. The meeting happened the day before the governor's arrest.

Harris testified that the two, who long had a strained political relationship, discussed the possibility of a political alliance.

The meeting, at the Thompson Center, was not recorded.

Just before ending the meeting, Rod Blagojevich told Jackson:

"I'm glad someone's thinking about me and how they can help me," Blagojevich said, according to Harris.