March 4th, 2009
06:23 PM ET

“The Governor”

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Jami Floyd
In Session

Rod Blagojevich is back. After an arrest on charges that he tried to sell the senate seat vacated by Barack Obama; after he named relative unknown Roland Burris to the seat, generating a new storm of controversy; after he was finally impeached by the legislature in his home state of Illinois; after all that, Blagojevich is back — with a book deal.

Tentatively entitled “The Governor,” Blago’s book will chronicle his election to Congress and his election and re-election as governor. Of course, Blagojevich was also the first governor removed from office in Illinois history, but he wants to tell his side of the story.

He wants to write about what he calls “the phoniness and hypocrisy” of politicians: their drinking, womanizing and other bad behavior. For that, he will receive six figures, which is good for a former governor who is out of a six-figure job and who is facing the prospect of an expensive criminal case. The book could improve his image, not to mention make some money which he might need for his defense.


Filed under: Jami Floyd • Raw Politics • Rod Blagojevich
soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. M

    I'd say, "Let him write." He apparently thinks he has everyone fooled and that people love him. Maybe when his book tanks, he'll get the message that no one is interested in what he has to say. Face it....all but 4 people in the Illinois government's legislative branch voted for his impeachment. He still believes he can convince people that everyone is lying but him and it's a huge conspiracy to get him out of office. Let him prove to himself that he doesn't possess the charisma and intelligence of President Clinton and can't talk his way out of the mess he's created for himself. Let him tank. He'll end up spending any money he makes on his legal defense as it is and if he goes before the courts and is convicted, it won't do him much good anyway.

    March 5, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  2. Denise Reed

    Please not another corrupt politician with a book about the "Truth"!

    March 4, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Jody Reed Alpena Michigan

    why do we even care. The man is clearly messed up. A book airing the dirty laundry of whatever government officials he has come across will sell about as well as Madonna's brothers book. Which for the record it tanked. We all know the story. Shame on the publisher of the book, people have better things to spend there money on.

    March 4, 2009 at 8:21 pm |
  4. Jorge from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Please, having so much to read in the realm of the English literature, I wonder who would read his book. Would there be anyone genuinely interested in what he will say?
    Learn Bashkir or Old Church Slavonian, or the fifteen plus cases in Old Finnish, but not this book.

    March 4, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  5. Teriss on Twitter

    I am sure the book will have many quotes from Moses, Rudyard Kipling but then who will buy it?

    Billions of dollars going to crooked Wall Street Bankers, the war in Iraq continues for another couple of years, Democrats dropped because they don't pay taxes or they are outsourcing for bribes like Blago. On the other hand Republicans are fawning over Rush Limbaugh's cleavage.
    Great fodder for late night comedy – what a world.

    March 4, 2009 at 7:56 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    Well, another book by a politician caught in misbehavior. I doubt there is anything he can say that I would believe but maybe he will at least divulge his secret to all that hair. Is a book by him worth 6 figures – not likely but maybe he can get Burris and the others to help him raise money again.

    March 4, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  7. Maria

    Get him

    March 4, 2009 at 7:38 pm |
  8. Joe G. (Illinois)

    But if someone like Borak Obama who is a very outspoken, proactive and outgoing in team project manager of “Bipartisan” nature from all things never even knew the guy..! Never even talked or did anything with the guy..! Then how believable are those claims against Rod Blagojevich? A book deal? Come on.. Did Blagojevich even have an office in Chicago? And if so.. How is it possible than for Obama not to even ever cross paths with him? Perhaps some more leg work before beginning to write is in order? At least that’s my suggestion.. Because as we all sure know.. Once you put something in writing on a book, people take it all as fact.

    March 4, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  9. Barbara in Boston

    I think I'll run for office and then commit a crime, have a litter of babies, and set myself up as know-it-all expert "Babs the Plumber." Then maybe I'll get a six-figure book deal.

    March 4, 2009 at 6:37 pm |