What’s next for former Illinois Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich? Perhaps a spot on “So You Think You Can Dance!” I mean, why not? The impeached and criminally-charged ex-governor just signed a six-figure book deal, presumably to tell all.
Blagojevich, interviewed on ABC Radio, said that he is going to expose certain members of the Illinois legislature who impeached him. Blagojevich said, "A bunch of them are cheating on their spouses. A lot of them drink in excess. Very few of them know what's going on. They just take their marching orders from legislative leaders."
Thank God some Illinois lawmakers are trying to put the brakes on this as best they can. No, they can’t stop “Blago” from going “blogo” and writing from his cesspool; but maybe they can stop him from getting rich in the process.
Illinois State Representative Jack Franks (D-Woodstock) has introduced a bill that would ban "Blago" from making any money from the book if he is convicted. Franks said his legislation is patterned after laws that states passed in the 1980s to stave off potential book deals for New York serial killer David Berkowitz, known as the "Son of Sam." Democrats, like Illinois Republicans, are mortified about their ex-governor; and only one lawmaker voted not to impeach him. Now that’s bipartisan cooperation!
"I just wanted to make sure people who self-deal and who are not giving the citizens their best efforts should not benefit from it," Franks told "The Chicago Sun-Times." In another interview with WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, Franks was far more blunt. "I don't think Rod Blagojevich has a principled bone in his body. I think everything he does is for his benefit and his benefit only," said Franks.
Book publisher Michael Viner defended the “Blago” book in the "Sun-Times." "It's the insider's view of not only Chicago politics, but politics in general," Viner told the newspaper, "--how the horses are traded, the options that are looked at."
Does that mean Blagojevich will confess to his crimes? It’s going to be hard to be the whistleblower on all these shady deals without describing his own involvement. Otherwise, how would he have such intimate knowledge?
Some legal scholars believe "Blago" may be putting himself in jeopardy. "He needs to have a lawyer look over the galleys before this is published. He doesn't want to get himself in any more hot water than he is in right now," said Harold Krent, Dean, Chicago-Kent Law School, in an interview with Chicago’s WLS-TV.
One writer to the WLS-TV blog had perhaps the best advice: “Here's a radical concept: DON'T BUY THE STUPID BOOK! No sales = no profits.”
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