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Aide: Blagojevich craved national attention

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By Afton Spriggs By Afton Spriggs

CHICAGO (AP) -- Rod Blagojevich said his ability to appoint President Barack Obama's replacement in the Senate could help him remain "relevant on the national stage." That's according to Robert Greenlee, who served as deputy governor under Blagojevich.

Greenlee testified for federal prosecutors Wednesday in Blagojevich's political corruption retrial.

Greenlee says the ousted Illinois governor talked of using his ability to appoint Obama's replacement as a way to get a Cabinet post or ambassadorship.

He says Blagojevich wanted national attention and also talked of appointing himself to the Senate to get it.

Prosecutors this time around have focused early on the most serious charge Blagojevich faces -- that he tried to sell or trade Obama's Senate seat.

Blagojevich denies any wrongdoing. His first trial ended with jurors deadlocked on all but one charge.

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