Blagojevich Considered Oprah Winfrey for Obama's Senate Seat
Impeached Illinois Govenor Rod Blagojevich wanted famous talk show host Oprah Winfrey to take over the senate seat left by Barack Obama. At least that's what he told Good Morning America on Monday.
He thought (rightly so) that the appointment would be seen as a gimmick, not to mention that he thought it unlikely that Oprah would accept.
He tells "Good Morning America" that the idea of nominating the talk show host came to him as he explored potential candidates for the job that federal prosecutors allege he tried to sell to the highest bidder. Blagojevich says "she was obviously someone with a much broader bully pulpit than other senators."
The governor says he worried that the appointment of Winfrey might come across as a gimmick and the talk show host was unlikely to accept.