Choice Words From Gov. Blagojevich

With the Illinois House poised to vote as early as this week on whether to impeach Gov. Rod Blagojevich, ABC News took a look back at the governor's colorful comments through the years.

Since becoming governor of Illinois in 2003, Blagojevich -- who was arrested on Dec. 9 for allegedly trying to sell the Senate seat vacated by President-elect Barack Obama -- has made his fair share of surprising remarks. Here's a glimpse of Blagojevich in his own words.

January 2003: "Stopping public corruption and improving ethical standards will be ongoing priorities of my administration. The people of Illinois expect a new day of integrity, of openness and accountability -- and they deserve a government as good and honest as they are."
-- On promising to clean out the corruption that ultimately landed his predecessor George Ryan in jail.

June 2003: "I refused to let the promise of expanded gambling allow us to escape the hard choices our system so desperately needs. We took this fiscal crisis and used it to turn this state around."
-- On the passage of a state budget following his decision to reject state lawmakers' proposal to expand gambling.

August 2003: "If we discover that someone is cheating, whether they be human beings or cows, they're going to pay a price."
-- On the scandal that shook the Illinois State Fair when the winning junior division steer, Mongo, was disqualified because it was given an anti-inflammatory for a bum foot. The disqualification was later reversed after the family that owned Mongo sued, blasting Blagojevich for his comment in the process.

December 2003:"Today I am signing a bill into law that finally gives Illinois revolutionary ethics reform. We are not just tinkering at the edges, tweaking here and tightening there. Today we are re-establishing the primacy of principle over politics, and in Illinois that constitutes real change."

January 2005: "The family is fine. We're all good. We all love one another, but that's all I'm going to say about private, family issues in a public setting. I was hired to be governor of Illinois. The people of Illinois don't want me to be engaged in some kind of a family soap opera."
-- On family drama instigated when Blagojevich's father-in-law, Chicago Alderman Richard Mell, accused the Blagojevich administration of hiring for political jobs based on campaign donations after the governor elected to shut down a landfill run by family member.

February 2005: "The governor will no doubt continue to disappoint Mr. [Dominic] Longo in his various requests for employment and favors."
-- A statement from Blagojevich's office regarding a political worker once convicted of vote fraud who threatened to sue the Blagojevich administration for defamation.

May 2005: "Do you have the testicular virility to make a decision like that, knowing what's coming your way and then stick to it, which is what I did, and knowing all of this that we're dealing with now is what we have to deal with? I say I do."
-- On his decision to go up against his father-in-law amid escalating family tension.

May 2005: "It does kind of remind me of that old Frank Sinatra song, 'That's Life.' 'That's what all the people say -- you're riding high in April, you're shot down in May.' This goes with the territory -- the ups and downs in the business."

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