Blagojevich Trial: Former Deputy Governor for Rod Blagojevich, Doug Scofield, Testifies
I was uncomfortable with some of the professional aspects for me...I was particularly concerned about Tony Rezko and Chris Kelly -- two individuals who were involved in the campaign. I found that once we were elected ... the two were significantly involved. Certainly in suggesting candidates for state jobs.”— Doug Scofield, Former IL Deputy Governor
I mean, I've got this thing and it's f------ golden and I'm not just giving it up for f------nothing.”— Rod Blagojevich, on phone call to Doug Scofield
Doug Scofield, former chief of staff for Luis Gutierrez, dropped his job in Washington to take on a deputy governor job with Rod Blagojevich.
He said he then left Blagojevich after three months.
Doug Scofield said despite leaving Rod Blagojevich because he had a different professional philosophy ... he came back.
In 2005, Scofield again took a role in communications with Blagojevich's campaign. Scofield said he had many discussions with Blagojevich regarding campaign fundraising. But prosecutors seem to gloss over this time period.
Since the day of his Dec. 9, 2008 arrest, the most infamous quote from Rod Blagojevich was what he said about the U.S. Senate seat appointment: "It's f------ golden."
Today, jurors heard Blagojevich speak those words on a Nov.5, morning conversation with Doug Scofield, his onetime campaign communications chief.
"UN Ambassador, I'd take that," Blagojevich is heard saying on the call.
It took the better part of a month, but the jury finally has heard one of the most infamous phrases from the undercover recordings of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
"I’ve got this thing and it’s (expletive) golden,” Blagojevich said on a recording played for the jury before the trial ended for the day. “I’m not just giving it up for (expletive) nothing.”
Blagojevich made the statement in a call on a Nov. 5, 2008, with former Deputy Gov. Doug Scofield, who became a political adviser of sorts to the governor around the time of the Obama election.