03/06/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Blagojevich Says He Rejected Deal To Stay On As A 'Ghost Payroller Governor' (WATCH)


A spokesman for Gov. Pat Quinn flatly denied that Blagojevich was ever offered a deal to serve out his term, with full pay, as a lame duck governor despite claiming otherwise in a "Today" show interview Tuesday.

Quinn spokesman Bob Reed said neither Quinn nor anyone on his behalf approached the governor following his arrest.

"No deal was offered," Reed said. "Nothing."

A spokesman for House Speaker Michael Madigan also denied any deal offer:

"This is a very troubled person," Steve Brown said of the former governor. "He has no connection to reality and hasn't for years."


Former Gov. Rod Blagojevich said Tuesday morning that he rejected a deal with senators to keep his job as governor if he agreed not to fill the Senate seat being vacated by President Barack Obama.

"I rejected an offer by leading senators to keep my job for two years and essentially be a ghost payroller governor," Blagojevich said in an interview with Meredith Viera on NBC's "Today" show.

He said that he was offered the chance in December to "stay on as an incapacitated governor, keep my pay for two years, keep my security detail for two years" in exchange for not appointing Obama's replacement.

He said he rejected the offer, "I wouldn't let them buy me off," but offered no names or further details.

Blagojevich otherwise stuck to the script from his earlier media blitz, reiterating his innoccence, asking to call prominent witnesses such as Rahm Emanuel, who would supposedly clear his name, and calling his impeachment and unanimous conviction by the Illinois Senate "a hijacking."

Watch the interview:

Blagojevich continues his latest media blitz Tuesday with appearances on CNN's "Larry King Live," Fox's "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren" and CBS' "Late Show with David Letterman."