Blago to speak on last day as free man

Rod Blagojevich to speak with media outside his home before reporting to prison

Posted: Updated: Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012, 6:44 AM CDT

Rod Blagojevich left his home with his wife and his two children Tuesday afternoon, heading to an unknown destination.  During his last week of freedom, the former governor has been keeping a low profile, but he's promising to talk to the cameras on Wednesday, at 5 p.m.

"They are cowards and they are liars," Blagojevich said two years ago, at his last 5 p.m. live television event with reporters.

He was still an innocent man, and he made headlines, challenging the U.S. Attorney's manhood.

"So I'm here looking to issue a challenge," Blagojevich said. "Mr. Fitzgerald, why don't you show up in court tomorrow, explain to everybody, explain to the whole world, why you don't want all these tapes that you made played in court. I'll be in court tomorrow. I hope you're man enough to be there tomorrow too."

Now, he's a convicted felon, starting a 14-year sentence on Thursday. Anticipation is building as he promises to speak to reporters, again.

Only Blagojevich knows how he'll handle this farewell. But last week, when he talked to FOX Chicago News in his only interview since his sentencing, he sounded much less defiant.

"Well, let me just say that you know, when calamity strikes, and you have to deal with catastrophic consequences, I think one of the ways to get through it is to embrace the blessings that you have in your life," Blagojevich said.

One or more of his attorneys is expected to accompany Blagojevich to Denver this week. His wife, Patti Blagojevich, will not make the trip.

Blagojevich is appealing his convictions, so don't be surprised if his public goodbye sounds an awful lot like his first public remarks after he was arrested four years ago.

"I will fight, I will fight, I will fight," Blagojevich said, "until I take my last breath."

Blagojevich will remain a free man for the next 39 hours. He has until noon on Thursday to report to prison.

He will serve his sentence in Englewood Federal Prison, which is located in Littleton, Colorado. That is just outside Denver.

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