Since neither of his high-profile clients has gone to trial yet, I imagine Glenn must be referring only to the money he has made when he says how well things have gone for him.
Tampa publicist Glenn Selig helps Blagojevich, Drew Peterson battle image problems
By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
In Print: Monday, February 16, 2009
…The call that changed Selig’s life came while he was on a Disney cruise with his wife, Charyn, and young children, daughter Drew and son Joshua, at the end of 2007. It was Peterson’s attorney with an intriguing proposal.
How would he like to represent the most controversial husband in America?
Peterson already had an awful public image, behaving oddly during interviews about his missing 23-year-old wife and attempting to participate in a dating contest overseen by a Chicago shock jock. Selig met with the retired officer in Orlando, weighing whether his potential client was misunderstood or someone looking to bamboozle the world.
“Do I know whether he did it or not? No, because I wasn’t there,” said Selig, who eventually brokered interviews with NBC’s Today show and the Associated Press emphasizing Peterson’s parenting skills. “Do I believe he did it? No. And because no one else knows, either, he needs to be presumed innocent. … It’s a noble cause to defend someone’s image in the court of public opinion.”
Tampa public relations professional Lisa Brock said publicists can hurt their own credibility by taking on too many clients who seem arrogant or fame-seeking. “There are people who only care about the spotlight and not the reason why it’s shining,” she added.
Brock said such high-profile cases can spark fees topping $2,500 per day, jump-starting a publicist’s Rolodex. But clients can be unpredictable: Peterson, 55, made headlines for planning to marry 24-year-old Christina Raines, who called off the engagement in January, saying it was a publicity stunt.
But Raines backtracked, appearing on NBC’s Today show Friday with Peterson; the report also said Peterson hoped to develop a book or reality TV show deal. “She announced their breakup on a morning show … so it became important that they set the record straight,” said Selig, who arranged the interview after the two reconciled.
Selig said an attorney for Blagojevich called after seeing him quoted in a newspaper story on handling the public image aspects of pop star R. Kelly’s child pornography trial.
Selig’s hire puzzled journalists, who wondered why an official facing impeachment in Illinois would enlist a Tampa-based guy representing a man who police say is a suspect in his wife’s disappearance. (Peterson has not been charged in that case or in the homicide of his third wife, and has denied wrongdoing.)
“It seemed like the last thing a person who was insisting on his innocence would do,” said Eric Zorn, a columnist for the Chicago Tribune. “(But) once you have Blagojevich determined to do this, well, (Selig) booked him on all these shows and not one of them was a disaster. So I think Blagojevich got what he wanted out of it.”
Selig declines to talk about his fees. Critics wonder how a retired Chicago officer or an impeached public official can afford a publicist who flies in and out of New York for media interviews at a moment’s notice.
Even if Selig is working for free, the boost given his company — which includes a press release writing service and a Web site for dads — may be invaluable.
“It’s gone better than I ever could have imagined,” he said. “I think people appreciate that I’m looking out for this concept, that people deserve a fair hearing, whatever you believe about them.”
Thanks, Bucket for the finding the article!