Chicago Tribune authors John Chase and Jeff Coen co-wrote "Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor's Office and Into Prison. (Photo by Eric Stock/WJBC)
By Eric Stock
BLOOMINGTON - The author of a book on Rod Blagojevich says the ex-governor's personality that helped win win every political race he ever ran also led to his undoing.
John Chase of the Chicago Tribune is co-author of the book 'Golden:How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor's Office and Into Prison.' Chase said Blagojevich's was always someone who "knew how to get by."
"He's got this memorization trick where he is able to remember people's names. He sort of has this little trick in his mind and so it makes him seem way smarter than he really is," Chase said.
Chase says Blagojevich then got caught in the wrong circles with people who were willing to help him line his pockets.
"When you've got a guy like Tony Rezko saying 'Yeah, I know a good guy for that board or I know a good guy for that job,' you've gotta listen to him. And if Tony Rezko or whoever you are listening to isn't trustworthy, things can spiral out of control pretty quickly and they did here for sure.
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