SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax      Advertise Here      Mobile Version     Exclusive Subscriber Content     Updated Posts    Contact
To subscribe to Capitol Fax, click here.
Don’t believe a word

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2009

* Here’s just one more example of why Rod Blagojevich’s word can never be trusted at any time on any subject. On his last day in office, Rod Blagojevich suggested to the New York Times that his lieutenant governor had abused his office by traveling all over the world on the taxpayers’ dime…

“We should have been more selfish, not selfless,” [Blagojevich] said. “It sounds probably perverse for me to say that based on what some people are saying about me. But it’s true. My family, we didn’t take advantage of all these things that people do.

“My successor has done a whole bunch as the lieutenant governor — taken all kinds of trips all over the world and trade missions — like he’s got anything to do with anything as lieutenant governor.”

It was journalistic incompetence to print that quote without challenge, but the AP has now taken a look at Blagojevich’s claim…

It’s true. Quinn was overseas 10 times in six years as lieutenant governor. But he billed the state for just two of those treks.

In fact, an Associated Press review of the Democrat’s travel records shows Quinn has never accepted the $32 daily meal allowance for traveling state workers and often pays his own lodging, too — even when he’s on state business.

“I try to be thrifty for the public,'’ Quinn told the AP in a telephone interview.

Through November, records show Quinn had been reimbursed about $17,800 for travel in six years, an average of $250 a month.

$250 a month is pretty light, if you ask me. And that total taxpayer bill is minute in comparison to what Blagojevich charged the state.

Go read the whole thing.

* The fact that you can’t believe a word that Blagojevich says also causes me to somewhat doubt these stories

Blagojevich’s publicity agent announced Monday that the impeached governor will receive an undisclosed “six-figure” sum to pen a book about the “dark side of politics.”

Show me the contract.

And if he does write it, we all know it’ll be fiction.

* Related…

* Quinn names new DCEO head

* Blagojevich’s Golden Book Deal

* History offers little help in predicting success of Rod Blagojevich book

* What’s your title for Blago’s tell-all book?

* Laski’s advice to Blagojevich: Look in the mirror

* And an appropriate video…

- Posted by Rich Miller        

  1. - Anonymous ZZZ - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:19 am:

    I love how Blago thinks his book will “expose” the dark side of politics. He already exposed the dark side of Illinois politics with his corrupt behavior. Now, if he were writing a book about perfecting the art of engaging in the dark side of politics, well, that might be a little more appropriate.

  2. - carbon deforestation - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:24 am:

    “Six figure” is pure spin. That could be as little as $100,000

    The publisher could break even selling as few as 5,000 books, depending on the list price.

    More pure spin, more pure bulls**t. And after all that - the book is about himself and his self-glorified story. Not about health care for kids or about the “real reasons” why he was removed from office.

    Shame on anyone who buys this book. Shame!

  3. - Pat collins - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:28 am:

    never accepted the $32 daily meal allowance for traveling state workers and often pays his own lodging, too — even when he’s on state business

    A contrary view. That’s silly. You should not have to be rich to be an elected official, and you should not expect to pay fo travel and expenses born as part of official duties.

    I won’t speak to the overseas trips. But this is a big state. 32 for daily means is eating breakfast at McDonalds, lunch at Arby’s and dinner at Boston Market. Not excessive at all, I think.

  4. - Irish - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:30 am:

    I think the title should be “Through the Looking Glass” as it will be about the world that narcissistic Blago lives in that is pure fantasy.

  5. - VanillaMan - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:31 am:

    He is quite the politician. He seems to be forever spinning his version of facts, based on whether it sounds good at the moment, to whomever is listening to him.

    I don’t believe he is all that unique. We have a lot of people who do this. However, few of them are elected, and even fewer end up as a governor.

    The Illinois political parties need to start doing their jobs. They seem to be forever focused on winning elections every two years, instead of providing to voters eligible nominees who have displayed superior abilities to handle the daily challenges of the political offices they seek. It is wrong to blame voters for choosing Rod Blagojevich since voters depended on the Illinois Democratic Party to present to them a worthy candidate for governor. With Blagojevich’s nomination in 2002, the Democrats failed us. Even worse, the renominated a man they knowingly knew was incapable of handling the Office, had no interest in showing up for work, had a failed record of accomplishments since 2003, was late to every appointment, arrogant, untrustworthy and spent every office hour raising millions in campaign cash via pay-to-play extortion. What kind of a political party is this?

    The Republicans proved themselves unworthy of holding political office too.

    So Illinois’ two major political parties have lost their focus, and have become corrupted with the idea that winning is everything, and that governing is secondary. Hence, our current fiasco.

    Every day Blagojevich speaks and interacts with the Public seems to be a day the Illinois Democratic Party is exposed as a fraud and a sham. Michael Madigan was this guy’s co-chair? Just how low can you go and still believe you have any credibility with voters?

    Let Blagojevich talk. Let him pretend to write books. Put him in a cage and let everyone see what we were given as a governor for years. Then vote knowing that the political organization that runs this state has knowingly accepted this man and annointed him as the leader. Then vote everyone out of office as the price to be paid for such public malfeasance.

  6. - Belle - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:40 am:

    You think Blago’s publisher is going to have Blago make the audio-book version or just use the tapes already made by the feds?

  7. - wordslinger - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:41 am:

    I don’t believe the book deal, either. The only way he could write a book the would sell would be to further incriminate himself.

  8. - You Go Boy - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:45 am:

    $000,000 is six figures, right? It adds up to more than this person is worth in any case, at any level.

    He makes sticking his thumb in the public’s eye a habit of self-amusement. However, a book that threatens to “tell all” (whether real or imaginary) may irritate some unfriendlies to the point of doing some editing of their own.

  9. - The Doc - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:48 am:

    Let’s not forget that Blago’s book deal is all about money. He desperately needs it, and doesn’t have any other avenues from which to obtain it. If he can enact a little revenge and dish some dirt on his enemies, that’s icing on the cake.

    He’s so consumed by financial greed that I wonder if he has even remotely considered how this will affect his upcoming criminal trial. If I’m a potential subject of his memoirs, this provides me with more incentive to preemptively blab to the feds.

    He’s also running the risk of painting himself as even more backstabbing, spiteful, and selfish to the jury pool.

    And for what may or may not amount to a sliver of what he’ll need to fund his legal defense.

  10. - Levois - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 11:53 am:

    He can write his book in one line. I’ve done nothing wrong. Just like he has on his media blitz.

  11. - George - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 12:01 pm:

    I think for an apples-to-apples comparison to Rod, you would have to look at Quinn’s plane travel as well.

    Comparing Quinn’s reimbursements to Rod’s reimbursement plus plane travel is not quite accurate and may under-represent his travel even back and forth to Springfield.

    A quick check of the Comptroller’s site showed Rod had $0 in reimbursements. That’s $250 per month for Quinn vs. $0 per month for Rod? That doesn’t show the full picture…

    But that is just me quibbling. What would be interesting, since we are on the subject, would be to look at travel records for ALL constitutionals and legislators - to see who charge the state the most for A) reimbursements, B) Plane travel, and C) mileage.

    Maybe an enterprising intern could do a FOIA or something? Or maybe that would just create another one of those “CUT HERE!” stories in the Daily Herald.

  12. - Mike Murray - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 12:32 pm:

    I don’t think it is all about $. Rod has an ego and loves the spot light.

    As a wise old man (wise may be debatable) once said he is “yesterday’s tomatoes”.

    This book deal gives him another 15 minutes of fame

  13. - Dan S, a Voter, Taxpayer and Cubs Fan - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 12:36 pm:

    The guy is a tool, why can’t he just disappear?

  14. - Ghost - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 12:46 pm:

    “If I did it” by Rod Blaojevich

  15. - downstate hack - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 12:49 pm:

    I agree with you Rich. Show me the contract. Six figures for a book by someone no one cares about anymore is a joke.

  16. - Ghost - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 1:01 pm:

    Six figure is actually pretty small. Obama, the Clintons and other politicos have gotten seven figure deals for their books.

    With the vouyeristic media fascination with Illinois I could see this selling enough, say 15k copies, to make a small profit.

  17. - Rich Miller - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 1:07 pm:

    ===15k copies, to make a small profit. ===

    I think established writers get $4 a copy for hardbacks. If the run is that small, it won’t make a profit.

  18. - Gregor - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 1:09 pm:

    Those book deals are also generally an advance against total sales, and if you don’t sell enough copies, you actually owe the publisher.

    I’m picturing page after page of “madigan is bad madiganisbad…” kind of like the “All work and no play” pages Jack Nicholson wrote in “The Shining”. In red crayon.

    If you pay Rod, he’ll put in a nice chapter about you. If you pay him a LOT more, he’ll remove you.

  19. - Ghost - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 1:12 pm:

    I meant a profit for the publisher, not blago… althought I suspect they may have saddled him with a few sales hurdles to fully collect his six figures, which he will most likely never meet.

  20. - 2ConfusedCrew - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 2:27 pm:

    1,000.00 is 6 figures too
    let’s see contract…with print on demand the so-called publisher can do the books one at a time.

  21. - Undercover - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 3:05 pm:

    All That Glitters Is Not Bleeping Golden
    by Blago

  22. - Steve - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 3:13 pm:

    Don’t Call Me Hairball: A Great Governor Discloses How He Was Impeached For His Hair
    (by Former G-Rod)

    [The blurb on the back: “It was all because of the hair…and my refusal to raise taxes on the people of Illinois…and because I fought to make their lives better. That’s why everybody hated me!”]

  23. - SOken - Tuesday, Mar 3, 09 @ 3:49 pm:

    $100,000 book deal.
    $1,500,000 in attorneys fees defending your actions as the Worst Governor Ever.

    Who’s ahead?

Sorry, comments for this post are now closed.

* Question of the day
* Prepare for a skewering
* Rauner apologizes for no budget, blames Dems
* This just in... Mautino to be recommended for Auditor General
* Study: Four of the ten worst cities for African-Americans are in Illinois
* Lip service
* Today's quotable
* War of words resumes
* BND collects two more scalps
* McCarter gearing up to challenge Shimkus
* Caption contest!
* Sorry to see him go, happy to see the other guy leave
* "Unclear" on the concept
* A complete leadership stalemate
* Behind the impasse
* Report: Child care more expensive than state university tuition
* We're not exactly Old Faithful here
* Good morning!
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Supplement to today’s edition
* SUBSCRIBERS ONLY - Today's edition of Capitol Fax (use all CAPS in password)
* Yesterday's blog posts

Visit our advertisers...







Search This Blog...

Search the 98th General Assembly By Bill Number
(example: HB0001)

Search the 98th General Assembly By Keyword

* T-Mobile announces which devices are getting Marshmallowed soon
* Android Marshmallow coming to latest Sony Xperia devices
* iMessage Activation Via Phone Number Now Working on Wind Mobile in Canada
* Enter the 2D world of paper creatures in Paper Monsters Recut
* Google Translate finally learns to translate text within other apps
* Microsoft Surface Pro 4 hands-on (Video)
* 9 Big Unanswered Questions About Twitter Moments

* Hawk Harrelson's reduced schedule creates opportunity for White Sox...
* Holliday, Ventura connection goes way back
* 2015 in 3 words: Sale, Abreu, inconsistency
* Hawk cutting '16 broadcast schedule
* Podcast: Shifting the target
* White Sox face toll of three losing seasons
* Montas solid, but offense silenced in finale


Main Menu
Pundit rankings
Subscriber Content
Blagojevich Trial
Updated Posts

October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
January 2008
December 2007
November 2007
October 2007
September 2007
August 2007
July 2007
June 2007
May 2007
April 2007
March 2007
February 2007
January 2007
December 2006
November 2006
October 2006
September 2006
August 2006
July 2006
June 2006
May 2006
April 2006
March 2006
February 2006
January 2006
December 2005
April 2005
March 2005
February 2005
January 2005
December 2004
November 2004
October 2004

Blog*Spot Archives
November 2005
October 2005
September 2005
August 2005
July 2005
June 2005
May 2005


RSS Feed 2.0
Comments RSS 2.0


* IL Representative urges governor to reopen Spar.....
* Parents, day care owners bash Rauner child care.....
* Scott Reeder: Shades of old Soviet Union on Ill.....
* Parents, day care owners bash Rauner child care.....
* Madigan sacrifice - Chicago Tribune..
* Parents, day care owners bash Rauner child care.....
* Nothing doing; Legislature, governor stand pat .....

* Police superintendent says he'll stay on despite complaints
* Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing
* Panel recommends Rep. Mautino for Illinois Auditor General
* EXCHANGE: Nachusa Grasslands plans to add bison this fall
* Route 66 Museum to hold auction in Springfield
* Suburban college recognized for campus safety efforts
* Metra installs charging stations downtown Chicago
* Police superintendent to face alderman demanding his firing
* Terrorism suspect due in court for 2nd straight day
* Chicago aldermen demand firing of police superintendent

* Panel recommends Rep. Mautino for Illinois auditor general
* Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing
* Chancellor Koch: Budget pressures growing for UIS, other schools
* Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
* Budget impasse cuts services for domestic abuse victims
* Weaver tapped to replace LaHood in Illinois Senate
* Peoria city councilman tapped to replace Darin LaHood in Illinois Senate
* Illinois budget impasse affecting emergency call systems
* Legal marijuana stirs hope in southern Illinois town
* Statehouse Insider: We have a problem. Is anyone there?

* McCarthy says he'll stay on despite complaints
* DC mayor announces settlement in Exelon, Pepco merger
* Hyatt Regency debuts largest campaign in its history
* FDA says it's fighting drug shortages
* U of C names new law school dean

* Mihalopoulos: Ald. Burns could wind up feeling the heat
* ‘I’m not done,’ Karen Lewis says a year after cancer diagnosis
* McCarthy ‘extremely disrespectful’ to council, one alderman tells him
* McCarthy ‘extremely disrespectful’ to council, Ald. Beale tells top cop
* Emanuel on McCarthy: ‘I’m standing by him’
* Neighborhood fests overlooked, some aldermen say
* Blackhawks are getting playoff beards ready before the season even starts
* Check out these pictures from the Blackhawks’ ring ceremony
* McCarthy promotes cop under investigation in Daley nephew case
* Brown: Demand for McCarthy’s ouster puts Emanuel on spot

* Emanuel wants CPS property tax hike but mum on spending specifics
* Lawmakers ask state education officials to explain superintendent perk
* Cops: 1 in custody after police shoot at suspect who tried to run them down
* Plainfield toddler hurt in lawn mower accident
* Man given 40 years in prison in cold case murder of teenage mother
* Emanuel rejects call by black aldermen to fire top cop
* After threat, College of DuPage reopens 'with heightened sense of security'
* Michigan factory supervisor wins $310.5M Powerball ticket
* 7 wounded in daytime shootings
* Man dead, 2 injured in Arlington Heights fire

* Illinois stops paying local health clinics for STD testing
* Panel recommends Rep. Mautino for Illinois auditor general
* Kathleen Parker: The GOP’s (New) McCarthyism
* Clark Bullard: Unclear if CWLP’s proposed rate changes are fair
* Chancellor Koch: Budget pressures growing for UIS, other schools
* Illinois to implement new ratings for schools, districts
* Paul Findley: Boehner deserves souvenir from Pope's visit
* Budget impasse cuts services for domestic abuse victims
* Weaver tapped to replace LaHood in Illinois Senate
* Illinois budget impasse affecting emergency call systems

* SportsTalk 10-06-15
* Street closures listing
* Field & Stream Store
* UPDATED: I-74 lanes open after crashes
* Officials seek person who caused Frontier outage
* PODCAST: Larry Kanfer on Veterans Day One-on-One
* UPDATED: I-74 crashes cause 4-hour delays
* High School Golf: Boys' 2A Regional
* Man faces drug charges for second day
* Multi-vehicle crashes on I-74

* Celebrating end of big road project in Round Lake Beach
* McHenry teachers strike continues; School reopening up in the air
* You can win a DeLorean if the Cubs win the World Series
* Duckworth, Kirk trade barbs over Letterman fundraiser
* Nekritz snubbed for top auditor job

* House lawmakers overcome hurdle on key tra...
* Rodney Davis talks funding with Bloomingto...
* The agency that fought Illiana gets a new ...
* Rep. Dold takes educational cruise down Ch...
* Lawmakers decry high turnover rate of VA h...
* CBD Oil, and politics
* Simon considering state Senate bid
* Killer Congressman Tom MacArthur trying to...
* Shutdown? State may not notice
* Rep. Bob Dold

* Durbin supports bill to boost regulation o......
* Senator Durbin Discusses Landmark Sentenci......
* Senator Durbin Calls for Emergency Funding......

* Duckworth, Kirk trade barbs over Letterman......
* Today's quotable - The Capitol Fax Blog (b......
* Cubs in wild-card against Pirates: Sen. Ma......

* Chicago Alderman Stalls Charter School Moratorium Resolution
* Emergency Meeting Held With Electeds To Discuss Chicago Violence
* U.S. Supreme Court Could Take Up Controversial Cases On Abortion, Union Fees
* CTU's Karen Lewis To Run For Re-Election
* Peoria Council Member Selected To Fill LaHood's Illinois Senate Seat
* Advocates: TPP Deal Could Hurt Illinois Jobs And Health
* Museum Hoping To Change Attitudes Over Public Housing In Illinois
* Thriller, Walking Tours, and Brazilian Jazz Fusion Music: Yep, It's Another Free Uptown Saturday Night
* Morning Minute: Signs show housing is shifting to a buyer’s market
* Two Illinois REALTORS® to be honored with SRES Outstanding Service Award

* IEMA Announces Elgin Community College Attains ‘Ready to Respond Campus’ Designation - Elgin one of five Illinois campuses to receive distinction
* New Mortgage Loan Interface Increases Efficiency, Compliance
* State Fire Marshal Ushers In Fire Prevention Week - “Hear the Beep Where You Sleep!”
* October Is Illinois College Application Month! - Over 130 High Schools Will Hold Events to Help Students Get to College
* Illinois Takes Part in Nationwide Community Banking Study, Findings Announced

    Hosted by MCS SUBSCRIBE to Capitol Fax Advertise Here Mobile Version Contact Rich Miller