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. BRETT WILLIAMS

    And my Mama told me corruption never pays.........she lied.

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

    Slime.

    March 2, 2009 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. bsmith171

    let's look at the ties to emanuel!

    March 2, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  4. Charles from Atlanta

    This only happens in America!!

    March 2, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  5. joseph

    Crime has it's rewards after all.

    March 2, 2009 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. ga

    Who in their right mind would spend good money buying a piece of lying trash from this moron? Go somewhere and disappear until you report to prison.

    March 2, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  7. Missy M

    Gotta love America and its capitalist system!

    March 2, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. Diane

    uh, all I want to know from him is: what is that dead animal on your head and why is it there?

    March 2, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  9. Texas Proud!

    I know that's one book I won't read!!!

    March 2, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  10. KJL

    I wouldn't spend ten cents on anything this creep wrote.

    March 2, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  11. Justin from New Haven, CT

    Hopefully he can take down Senator Burris and Daley with him.

    March 2, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  12. Former Obama Supporter

    Well, that sounds about right.

    March 2, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  13. Ula Nejad Sacramento, Ca

    I will want to read his tell all book. I knew it would happen after the Chicago team at the White House disowned him.

    March 2, 2009 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  14. CG

    And exactly who would even care to read anything he had to say!

    March 2, 2009 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  15. Harvey

    he even looks like a pig.......

    March 2, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  16. Lucinda

    Why is the publishing industry rewarding this jerk for his crimes? Isn't there a law against that? I sure won't be buying the book.

    March 2, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  17. Rob

    My question, after his media tour, is whether or not there's really anything more he can say that we'd be interested in reading.

    March 2, 2009 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |
  18. Big D

    I won't buy the book. Will you? If this guy is convicted and or charged, How much of this book will be true compared to the true charges?

    March 2, 2009 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  19. Matt

    Screw you Blago

    March 2, 2009 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  20. Angela

    Sorry...that would be "talk shows."

    March 2, 2009 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  21. Sue

    And Bush still can't get a publishing deal for his "memoirs" – thats the total kicker in all this! LOVE IT.

    March 2, 2009 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  22. Kevin

    Beware of the tattle tale strangler?

    March 2, 2009 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. Robert

    Hey look, it's the guy every Cable News Network trash talked, took out of context and then crucified!

    March 2, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  24. P. Y.

    Another loser writing a book.

    March 2, 2009 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  25. McKay Thomas

    I say right on! I love this guy. He got a bad stigma from the public with a less than thorough senate hearing. Let him live up his humiliation with a few Benjamins to soften the future.

    March 2, 2009 09:21 pm at 9:21 pm |
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