March 2nd, 2009
05:30 PM ET
6 years ago

Blagojevich gets six-figure book deal

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will include information that could be “embarrassing” in his upcoming book.
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will include information that could be “embarrassing” in his upcoming book.

(CNN) – Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich has landed a six-figure book deal to tell his story, his spokesman confirmed to CNN Monday.

Blagojevich was impeached earlier this year amid allegations that he tried to sell President Obama’s vacant Senate seat. The former governor, who maintains his innocence, will write about the process he used to pick Obama’s successor, and “the dark side of politics he witnessed in both the state and national level.” The former governor will also discuss his two-terms in office.

The book, which has a working title of “The Governor,” is scheduled to be released by Phoenix Books in October.

Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's publicist and founder of The Publicity Agency, said the governor will divulge information that will be “embarrassing” to himself and others.

"There were some people in high places who didn't want the governor to write this book and worked to try to squash a book deal," Selig said in a statement released Monday.

The Illinois Senate voted unanimously in January to impeach Blagojevich and to permanently bar him from holding political office in the state of Illinois.


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soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. LA WOMAN

    i wish him well, i like this guy.

    March 2, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  2. Steve

    I love this country, this guy will never have to work again...

    March 2, 2009 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  3. Kurien

    Its a shame really, you (Phoenix Books and anyone who buys the book) are just proving that crime pays!!

    March 2, 2009 09:29 pm at 9:29 pm |
  4. Wow

    Only in America. I love this country!

    March 2, 2009 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  5. Wow

    What dumb idiot allowed this to happen? Whose the publisher and what complete moron would buy it?

    March 2, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Dexter Skagway

    As Hunter Thompson once said in his book on politics, "The scum also rises."

    March 2, 2009 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  7. C Note

    This is as wrong as it gets; don't buy this book America!

    March 2, 2009 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  8. John

    Naturally. What else would you expect.

    March 2, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  9. kvertical

    Are we sure this guy isn't from Boise? Cause he's certainly "livin' in his own private Idaho..."!

    March 2, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  10. MJS

    Who says crime doesn't pay?

    March 2, 2009 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  11. Joyce Becker

    Good for him!!

    March 2, 2009 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  12. shari

    disgusting.

    March 2, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  13. Over Stimulated

    Of course he did. This is America. Everyone's a winner... even the biggest losers.

    March 2, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  14. dabble

    So, apparently crime (and corruption) DO pay

    March 2, 2009 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  15. C W

    Let me guess, the first 100 pages will be hairstyling tips ...

    March 2, 2009 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  16. No Hillary = No Obama

    It pays to be a crook in this country if you are a politician.

    March 2, 2009 10:18 pm at 10:18 pm |
  17. meg

    Why, by October we Illinoisans heartily and hopefully expect blago to have been convicted by the feds. By then, either way, hopefully, no one will want to read his lies, at least not purchase his rag (the library waiting list might be long). The atmosphere in Illinois has brightened so much since Rod was ousted by the state Senate. Gov Quinn is a breath of fresh air, and I am a lifelong Republican saying this. The environment in the capital is more open and hopeful than it has been in the past six years. As a double-decade non-politically connected professional multiple-graduate-degrees state employee (retired since Blago was elected rather than wait to be replaced with a political hack from his campaign) I know how government has suffered under him, how he avoided working with legislators, how he played only to his contributors whether business or legislative, how he refused to communicate openly or decide fairly. I cannot believe the man was re-elected–and I am not alone in my observations and feelings. I know no one in Illinois, either in the capital or in Chicago or further downstate who cares for him; even out of state friends are boggled by him. His popularity percentage in the last couple of months was even lower than Bush's! I guess our junior Senator will be getting the next book deal!!

    March 2, 2009 10:25 pm at 10:25 pm |
  18. Lisa Anne

    You do all know that this wasn't about corruption allegations, right? Mr. Icke posted the story from Dec 8th that resulted in Blagojevich's Dec 9th arrest , namely that Blagojevich took an unprecidented, courageous (though he didn't know how much so) stance in backing the workers of a window and door factory in their sit-in, demanding they be given their due compensation as union members after BofA refused to give the company a loan (thus closing the factory). In response on Dec 8th, Blagojevich ordered the State of Illinois to stop conducting any business with BofA until BofA did the right thing and okayed the loan, seeing as the gov had just given BofA $5billion in bailout money – Blagojevich said BofA should use it as it should be – for the people. So why the ongoing investigation, which started much earlier? Madigan wanted his seat in the next race, and she started the investigation – and Blagojevich had gone against the pharmaceutical industry (getting generic drugs for seniors from Canada), dissed a hospital CEO on a huge bonus (which was presented as his not caring about kids in a hospital), and probably did plenty of other stuff that doesn't go over well with big business. This guy should be known for the person he is, as his actions have shown. He was and still is really for the people. I don't think even he knows that the bogus "investigation" was stopped short, "before he could do anything" as the media put it, for the purpose of using those allegations to avert his blocking of business with BofA. Look at what happened to the previous 2-3 governors of Illinois. There is something seriously wrong with Illinois, and he tried to do something about it. The real story isn't about how corrupt the other people he worked with were – the real story is about big business, but even Blagojevich doesn't really understand that. God bless him.

    March 2, 2009 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
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