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Blago's tell-all book will 'embarrass' pols. You're kidding, right? In Illinois?

March 2, 2009 |  4:18 pm

Ousted Democratic Illinois Rod Blagojevich with longtime supporter Barack Obama in happier pre-criminal complaint days

An Illinois Democratic politician impeached after being charged in a federal criminal complaint for an alleged political crime spree writing a book about "the dark side of politics"?

For a six-figure sum of money?

Whoever heard of anything so ridiculous?

Yet there today was Glenn Selig, Blagojevich's extraneous publicity agent, saying Phoenix Books claims that someone named Rod Blagojevich has just signed a contract to write such a book for publication in October. The book's working title -- "The Governor" -- will have to be updated to "The ex-Governor."

And the publicist promises the ex-governor-author will write a book about the Roland Burris appointment to replace Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate that "will at times be embarrassing to himself and to others."

Shows how much Selig knows about Democratic politics in Illinois.

First of all, it is impossible for Illinois politicians to be embarrassed.

Indicted? Yes, of course. Convicted? Oh, for sure. Often. Imprisoned? You bet. But "embarrassed"? Gimme a break!

Yes, of course, Blagojevich needs the six-figures for his defense attorneys. But he's gonna write a tell-all book about his alleged crime before his federal trial for same?

Maybe this publicist guy really is from Illinois.

-- Andrew Malcolm

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Photo credit: Associated Press (Ousted Democratic Gov. Blagojevich with then-Sen. Barack Obama in happier legal days).