Mell And Blagojevich Reconcile After Longtime Feud

CHICAGO (CBS) — On the day former Gov. Rod Blagojevich began serving his prison sentence, CBS 2 has learned he and his father-in-law, Ald. Richard Mell (33rd) have reconciled, nearly seven years after a public and nasty falling-out.

Mell told CBS 2’s Walter Jacobson that he initiated contact with his son-in-law and that he and Blagojevich have talked on the phone. Mell wouldn’t reveal what was said, but he has been worried about his daughter, Patti, and the Blagojevich children, Amy and Annie, as their father begins his 14-year prison sentence.

Since the recent death of his wife, Mell has wanted to reconnect with Patti and his grandchildren and help them through their problems. Mell wants to be involved in their lives again, after their relationship was strained by his falling-out with the former governor.

Mell was once Blagojevich’s most important political mentor, helping engineer his successful run for governor in 2002. But in 2005, the two began a public feud when Blagojevich ordered the shutdown of a landfill owned by a distant cousin of Patti, over environmental issues. Mell had served as an advisor to that cousin.

Later, Mell accused Blagojevich fundraiser Chris Kelly of trading appointments to state boards and commissions for campaign cash. He later retracted that claim after Kelly threatened to sue.

Mell and Blagojevich have been estranged ever since, but now apparently have reconciled.

  • German Leprechaun

    I couldn’t give a rat’s a$$ about Richard Smell.

  • tom sharp

    “Criminal Minds” Let’s hope they spend some “quality time” together soon.

  • Army Vet,VN

    Well guys above,I really believe obama will pardon Blago,I think its a done deal,one thing I learn watching the news today how the media are in bed with the crooked politicians,I really believe to straighten the mess out not only illinois,but nation wide you will need a uprising i’m sorry to say.

  • Bill M.

    Say what you want but Rod was a better Governor than Quinn. I hope Rod gets freed soon. If justice ever found Daley he would be doing life +80 years.

  • Ricardo

    Mell played a major part in sending his daughters husband and grandchildrens father to jail. This was a case of Chicago politics at it’s worst. Blago and Mell should be sharing a cell.

  • Renate

    The good thing about Rod was that he was busy ” doing his own thing ” and he totally forgot about taxes. 3% with Rod, 5% with Quinn, you take your pick!

  • Larry Horse's Arse Horse's Arse

    How cute. Two thieves reconcile on the eve of one’s incarceration. It’s like a fairy tale.


  • Bruce

    Mell will find another dude for his daughter. False hope for Blago, I say.Mell would smile while sticking a knife in Blago’s back.

  • unions-suck

    Patti is a *itch and will make that old gezer pay for sending her husband to jail. Mell knows it’s his fault that Blago is in jail. Mell got jealous that Blago was going to cut him out of the back door deals and was not going to have that. Patti give him hell!!!!

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