Or, nuts go for Blago.
Either way, it wasn't a mirage. That was indeed former Gov. Rod Blagojevich last night, pitching pistachios in a commercial that aired during game four of the World Series.
In the shot, Illinois' former chief executive is handed a black briefcase by a shady character, Blagojevich opens it and out pours hundreds of pistachios.
He helps himself to one as a voiceover deems: "Rod Blagojevich does it innocently."
Blagojevich's publicity agent, Glen Selig, put out a release about the commercial today and confirms that the former governor has signed on as a pitchman for Wonderful Pistachios and its "Get Crackin'" campaign. He shares the distinction with the punchy "Jersey Shore" star Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi, who was recently arrested on disorderly conduct charges.
Selig did not mention Blagojevich's compensation for the commercial. (Selig could not immediately be reached for comment).
Blagojevich will be using public funds to pay for his defense because he has been deemed indigent after attorneys drained a $2.8 million campaign fund to bankroll his first trial. In August, Blagojevich was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI and faces retrial in April on 23 remaining counts.
***Update*** Selig says Blagojevich's salary from the commercial will not go toward legal bills but will help Blagojevich pay his house bills as he's been out of work since the Illinois Legislature booted him from office in January of 2009.
"I can't disclose how much the governor is being paid," Selig said. "The governor needs money to pay the mortgage. That is where the money is going. He lost his job after he was charged."
Blagojevich spoke only in the news release.
"The contents in the suitcase are like the accusations against me--they're nuts," Blagojevich says in Selig's statement. "I'd been eating these pistachios and enjoying them well before they asked me to do a commercial."