Blagojevich Obama Book Deal: Blago Gets Six Figures To Write About Replacing Obama

04/02/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

A publicist for Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) says the former Illinois governor plans to write a book "exposing the dark side of politics."

Glenn Selig says Blagojevich signed a six-figure deal Monday.

Selig says the book also will detail how Blagojevich selected President Barack Obama's successor in the U.S. Senate.

Blagojevich was impeached and removed from office following his arrest on federal charges that include allegations included he tried to sell the Senate seat. He denies wrongdoing.

Selig says Blagojevich's book will tell the truth and will reveal information "that will at times be embarrassing to himself as well as to others."

Selig says Blagojevich's book will be published by Phoenix Books and released in October.


The book's working title is The Governor, according to a release put out by Selig, but Blagojevich may not see any profit from it if a bill by State Rep. Jack Franks is approved, the Sun-Times reports:

"Corrupt Illinois politicians, for example Rod Blagojevich, are looking to cash in by telling their stories after the fact," Rep. Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) said. "They should not be allowed to benefit from their actions in any way, most of all financially."

Franks' bill would cover any book or movie deals that detail a crime for which the elected official was convicted, and any profits derived from the deal would have to be turned over to the state of Illinois.