Written by Noemi Pollack on January 26, 2009.
So it seems that impeached Gov. Rod Blagojevich should have sought counsel — and I don’t mean legal counsel, before he spoke “off the cuff” in a series of radio interviews and a nationally televised news conference stating, according to the Chicago Tribune today, “that the impeachment trial was a “sham” and that “Democrats have a vendetta against him for his independent political streak,” dug the Governor into a post impeachment deeper hole.
Now look where’s he’s at. Even his lead criminal defense attorney quit.
Where were his PR advisors?
I have got to assume that the beleaguered Governor got his share of detailed media training as most public figures and corporate heads do, and was forewarned by his PR people never to take to the microphone with any “off the cuff” remarks. So what happened, was it a matter of an “out of control” client or a case of irrational thinking overtaking logical thinking?
Based on our experience with some clients who have weaved their way in and out of crises, it’s possible that legal counsel, in their overwhelming zeal to take control of every aspect of the case, simply overtook the PR function as well, determining what can and cannot be said, without thought to the standard “role playing” and detailed training that PR professionals give their clients.
Well, lesson to be learnt… Legal and PR have to partner to protect their client and neither should take precedence over the other.
In any case, it’s known that his lawyers simply quit. Did his PR counselors do so as well?