Rod Blagojevich was considering appointing Oprah Winfrey to the Illinois Senate seat to replace Barack Obama, according to a wiretap played today at the former Illinois governor’s corruption trial. Per news reports, on the tape recorded on Dec. 2 Blagojevich and his former chief of staff John Harris go over replacement possibilities. The most intriguing ones raised by Blagojevich include California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger who doesn’t even live in Illinois and Winfrey.
“Oprah, by the way, is not far-fetched,” Blagojevich told Harris, noting her major role in the election of Obama to the presidency. “She’s up there so high, no one can assail this pick.”
Harris’ response? He thought making Winfrey a senator “was crazy.” “That’s where you’re wrong,” Blagojevich retorted.