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Job prospects unclear for the ousted Blagojevich

world Updated: Feb 05, 2009 04:50 IST

Ousted as Illinois governor and looking for a job, Rod Blagojevich returned to national television to proclaim his innocence on corruption charges, perhaps angling for a future book deal or talk show.

But Blagojevich, a lawyer whose license is inactive, has some hurdles to overcome if he wants a new career. The biggest one -- Who would hire him?

"A great many employers will not hire someone who has a felony charge pending against them," said Chicago defence attorney John Beal.

But some might offer him a job, if only to exploit the built-in publicity surrounding the scandal-tainted Democrat, especially as he gets closer to a trial on charges that could bring a lengthy prison term.

A federal indictment is expected by April on allegations that Blagojevich tried to auction off Barack Obama's vacant Senate seat.

He was impeached by Illinois lawmakers, who stripped him of his job last week.

Blagojevich's publicist says offers are coming in, but he declined to provide details.

"Every day we get several offers of something he could do or would like to, and there are certainly no shortage of people who would love to speak with him," publicist Glenn Selig said.