CHICAGO (Reuters) - Disgraced former Illinois
Governor Rod Blagojevich signed a "six-figure" deal Monday
to write a book about his rise and fall and the dark side of
politics, his publicist said.
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 Jan. 29 for abuse of power.
The impeachment was triggered by his Dec. 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
Terms of the deal were not disclosed.
(Reporting by Andrew Stern, editing by Vicki Allen)
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