March 3, 2009 / 12:19 AM / 10 years ago

Ex-Governor Blagojevich gets a book deal

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Disgraced former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a “six-figure” deal on Monday to write a book about his rise and fall and the dark side of politics, his publicist said.

Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich gestures as he speaks to the media during a news conference in Chicago, Illinois January 23, 2009. Blagojevich became Illinois' first governor to be impeached when the Illinois House of Representatives on January 9 voted 114-1 to impeach him. Blagojevich's impeachment trial starts January 26. REUTERS/Frank Polich

The twice-elected Chicago Democrat “plans on exposing the dark side of politics that he witnessed on both the state and national level,” publicist Glenn Selig said in a statement.

The publisher is Phoenix Books, which has come out with books from celebrities including Larry King and Gene Simmons, of hard rock band KISS.

Prior to being elected governor in 2002, Blagojevich was a U.S. representative from a slice of Chicago and its suburbs.

Blagojevich was impeached and subsequently removed from office by the state legislature on January 29 for abuse of power. The impeachment was triggered by his December 9 arrest on federal corruption charges, including an accusation he tried to sell the U.S. Senate seat once occupied by President Barack Obama.

His eventual appointee, former Illinois Attorney General Roland Burris, has come under fire for inconsistent statements about his contacts with the then-governor’s staff.

Blagojevich has denied wrong-doing and has not been formally indicted. He made a flurry of appearances on talk shows and news outlets aimed at trying to convince the public that the legislature acted out of vengeance.

Since being ousted he has spoken vaguely about legislators’ infidelities and drunken behavior.

“He does not intend to pull any punches and will reveal information and provide insights that will at times be embarrassing to himself as well as to others,” Selig’s statement said.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Reporting by Andrew Stern, editing by Vicki Allen

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