As the door to the visiting room at Federal Correctional Institute-Englewood opened and Rod Blagojevich stepped in, one thing was clear to his awaiting visitors.
Even in dull prison khakis he still has political charisma.
“He is the same person there as he was here,” said Sam Adam Jr., Blagojevich’s former attorney who visited him Sunday at his prison near Littleton, Colo. “You know that expression, ‘Does it play in Peoria?’ Well, it certainly plays in Littleton.”
As the toned — and not yet grayed — Blagojevich walked across the roughly 40-by-60 foot room where other inmates visited on rows of plastic chairs with loved ones, he was greeted over and over, Adam said. Blagojevich reported to the prison on March 15.
“He’s like, the man,” Adam said. “When he walked in the inmates kind of broke the rule … (calling) ‘Hey Rod, hey Rod.’ A couple of people called him ‘Gov.’”
Blagojevich stopped briefly to shake hands with family members before he sat with Adam and Adam’s father, Sam Adam Sr., for a roughly 90-minute chat.