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Rod Blagojevich’s First Post-Redaction Scandal Appearance Will Be… An Elvis Talk

In case you were wondering how PR master Rod Blagojevich was going to follow up this week’s bold attempt to subpoena the President to testify at his trial (and the subsequent classified information breach): “Rod Blagojevich is scheduled to make a cameo appearance in Oak Lawn this weekend at an inspirational talk given by Elvis Presley‘s stepbrother.”

The news, breaking out of Oak Lawn, Illinois, comes two days after an aggressive Blagojevich challenged US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to be “man enough” to come to court with him (he wasn’t) and a day after Blagojevich’s defense released a memo with easily accessible classified information that alleged that it was an Obama “supporter” who tried to offer “fundraising” to Blagojevich in exchange for Obama’s Senate seat, and not the other way around.

Presley’s stepbrother, Rick Stanley, is a motivational speaker and author who will be giving two free talks on “being thrust into Graceland as one of three of Presley’s stepbrothers after Presley’s father remarried.”

Since the event is free and appears only marginally related to Presley—of which Blagojevich is an accomplished impersonator—the invitation comes as almost as much of a surprise as the former governor’s acceptance of it. From the Southtown Star:

“[Blagojevich] is probably the most well-known Elvis fan there is in Chicago, and I thought he would enjoy meeting Rick and hearing what he had say,” Jeff Grindle, associate pastor at the church and organizer of the event, said in a statement. “I also wanted the governor to know that I was praying for him and he had a friend here.”

Also shedding light on his invitation, this description from his publicist, Glenn Selig: “Earlier this year, the former Illinois governor was named the #2 all-time Elvis impersonator by TIME magazine, and became an Internet sensation after performing an Elvis classic at a corporate event in Chicago last year.”

Blagojevich may not be consistently credible, but he never ceases to be entertaining.

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