Post verdict, former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich dashes around the country slamming U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald and his posse of prosecutors for conducting a “persecution,” not a prosecution.”
Blago is everywhere — from the morning to the late night shows to his weekend venue, the Wizard World Chicago Comic Con in suburban Chicago.
Blago’s PR guy, Glenn Selig, who also represents the former suburban Chicago police sergeant Drew Peterson — currently in prison and awaiting trial for the murder of his fourth wife; the death of his third wife is another story — is busier than ever signing Blago for appearances. Although Blago was lucky to get Tampa-based Selig pre-trial, watch for Blago to go big time now — as in a major New York or Washington lecture agency.
At Comic Con on Saturday, Blago pocketed $50 a pop for autographs, $80 for photos and he had a lot of takers. Still, that’s chump change compared to the five- and even six-figure fees that agencies such as Harry Walker (clients include Bill Clinton, Dick Cheney and Al Gore) or Washington Speakers Bureau (Sarah Palin, George W. Bush, Newt Gingrich) get their clients.
Five figures today, six tomorrow. Who knows? Think of all those business conferences that cover the disgraced-chief scenario and how he or she should respond. Blago might have a word of advice or two on that subject.