Blagojevich aided by Publicity Agency for media blitz

SPRINGFIELD, IL: Rod Blagojevich hired The Publicity Agency on January 22 to assist the Illinois governor with handling media inquiries and media strategy while his impeachment trial is underway.

SPRINGFIELD, IL: Rod Blagojevich hired The Publicity Agency on January 22 to assist the Illinois governor with handling media inquiries and media strategy while his impeachment trial is underway.

 

Blagojevich was arrested on federal corruption charges alleging an attempt to sell President Barack Obama's vacated Senate seat for money, a job, or a cabinet post. The impeachment trial began January 26 and some news reports have stated that they expect a decision as early as tomorrow, January 29.

 

The Tampa, FL-based firm was contacted by Blagojevich's legal team to handle media requests outside of his duties as governor, said Justin Herndon, director of publicity and news at The Publicity Agency, by e-mail.

 

“Up until now, the implication has been that [Blagojevich] has something to hide,” said Herndon by e-mail. “He doesn't and he wants to get that message out as far and wide as possible.”

 

The firm advised Blagojevich on his multi-day media tour this week, which has included appearances and interviews with NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, CNN, and MSNBC.

 

To counter the number of media inquiries, The Publicity Agency has used Twitter to provide updates on the governor's ongoing media tour. Herndon said by e-mail that the agency's number of Twitter followers has increased by 500% since it started tweeting about Blagojevich.

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