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

Blagojevich gets six-figure book deal

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/01/29/art.blagocu0129.gi.jpg caption="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.


Filed under: Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (68 Responses)
  1. liz

    srsly?!?!
    Let him write it from jail.

    March 2, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  2. And...

    Corruption surely pays doesn't it?

    March 2, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  3. Had It

    Not one red cent from me. I couldn't care less. Boycott the book. He deserves zilch for his lies.

    March 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  4. Kirk

    Maybe this will support his family while he is serving time in a federal penitentary?

    March 2, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  5. Jeff from Jersey

    Yeah,reward a snake for being a snake.All he's going to say is that he's not a ssssssnake.There.I just saved you all the money you might have spent on hisssss sssssssaying he'sssssssss not a sssssnake! $$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    March 2, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Illinois Tom

    This is why the Democrat Party is trying to paint Blago as a nut job. He is corrupt beyond belief, yet he is Illinois politics in action.

    March 2, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  7. thomas

    Of course people don't want him to write a book. Who needs another boring book?

    March 2, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  8. gregg

    And that is what wrong with America!

    March 2, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  9. Ray

    SERIOUSLY!!!
    Can't believe how dump this country can go!

    March 2, 2009 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  10. Greg Hodges

    Sad and pathetic. Like Sarah Palin; once these clowns get their 15 minutes of fame; they have to squeeze it for all it`s worth !!

    March 2, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  11. Pangur Ban

    I don't think you're allowed to profit from your crimes.

    March 2, 2009 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  12. Zion

    Shock. I said that this crap was coming.

    March 2, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  13. Jon in CA

    If he would TELL THE TRUTH about Obama.... he could have landed a 7-figure deal.

    March 2, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  14. Natasha in tally

    Hope nobody buys it! What a loser.

    March 2, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  15. Terry B.

    Seems like he finally gets to see the money after all, it was all that he was after.

    March 2, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  16. Kyle R.

    Perfect example.........corruption pays off.

    March 2, 2009 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  17. laughing

    why would anyone buy this?

    Sure we will see him later in life doing a hair club for men.. deal...

    March 2, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  18. Mike, Vancouver

    It doesn't matter if he writes it, just don't buy it. Let him pay the cost of development of which he probably won't recover.

    March 2, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  19. Angi's mom

    The book should be named "The Opportunist".

    March 2, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  20. texas teacher

    Oh, good grief... and who cares? I can only imagine! Seriously...

    March 2, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  21. MaryAnne Parker

    And we wonder why Americans have NO morals.........

    March 2, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  22. Janey

    Hopefully, no one will buy this trash and the book company will take a beating!

    March 2, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  23. FP

    the former governor is a slimebag who should just stop trying to show his face

    March 2, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  24. Brent

    Next stop, The Jerry Springer Show!

    March 2, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  25. Could have done worse....

    ahhhh, that wily shyster! So we’re talking about 6 figures and the hairline of a woman? Some things just aren’t fair!

    Man, slap my tushie and call me Shirlie!

    March 2, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
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