'Daily Show' tracks down 'notorious warlord': Blago

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Rod Blagojevich isn't afraid to use his signature line.

Illinois' former governor, whose secretly recorded comment that his power to appoint a U.S. senator was "(expletive) golden" became the catchphrase of his first corruption trial last year, dropped the line again Monday in a surprise appearance on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart."

John Oliver, a correspondent for Comedy Central's satirical news show, tried to pry information from Blagojevich while searching what he called the "savage, frozen territory" of northern Illinois for the 14 Wisconsin Democratic senators who left their state more than two weeks ago to block passage of a bill that would limit collective bargaining for most public employees.

As Oliver walked through a park, he explained to viewers that he had arranged a meeting "with a notorious former warlord."

Then he encountered that "warlord" -- Blagojevich.

"Oh, boy," Oliver said.

Blagojevich told Oliver he didn't know where Wisconsin's senators were hiding and wouldn't sell the information even if he had it, despite Oliver’s contention that the information would be, well, "(bleeping) golden."

Blagojevich made it clear that he supports Wisconsin's missing senators, telling Oliver, "These lawmakers standing up for working people, and the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively with their employers -- that is (bleeping) golden."

Blagojevich faces a retrial next month on public corruption charges. His publicist and a spokesman for Comedy Central said they didn’t know whether he was paid for his appearance on the show.

rhaggerty@tribune.com

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