Airline ad pokes fun at Blagojevich
Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Monday on 17 of 20 corruption counts.
June 29th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

Airline ad pokes fun at Blagojevich

Spirit Airlines' latest quirky marketing campaign takes a swing at convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.

The promotion on the deep-discount airline's website features a photo of a big-haired Blagojevich look-alike whose clothes turn into an orange prison jumpsuit before vertical bars close over the image.

"We got these fares and they're f-ing golden," the title says.

"We are guilty of selling seats but we don't expect to serve time," the sale page reads.

Blagojevich was convicted Monday of 17 of 20 corruption charges relating to his attempt to peddle President Obama's U.S. Senate seat after the 2008 presidential election. A federal grand jury indicted Blagojevich in April 2009.

At the time of his arrest, prosecutors said court-authorized wiretaps caught Blagojevich expressing frustration that Obama transition officials were "not willing to give me anything except appreciation."

"I've got this thing, and it's (expletive) golden, and, uh, uh, I'm just not giving it up for (expletive) nothing. I'm not gonna do it," Blagojevich was quoted as saying in an FBI recording.

The Miramar, Florida-based airline is known for responding to news events with irreverent marketing pushes. Earlier this month, without mentioning disgraced Congressman Anthony Weiner, the airline launched a "weiner sale" touting $9 fares "too hard to resist."

It came up with an "Eye of the Tiger" sale just days after golfer Tiger Woods' 2009 auto accident; the cartoon ad showed a tiger crashing an SUV into a fire hydrant.

A Spirit ad during last summer's Gulf of Mexico oil spill didn't go over so well. It showed a woman slathered in suntan lotion (from a green-and-yellow bottle) with the invitation, "Check out the oil on our beaches!"

The current Spirit sale offers $17 one-way fares on certain round trips, available only to members of the airline's $9 Fare Club, which costs $59.95 a year. The sale ends at midnight ET Wednesday. The sale price does not include taxes, baggage fees and other fees.

Blagojevich's people were not amused. "No matter what you think about the former governor, most of the public knows he has a wife and two young daughters," Glenn Selig, a spokesman for Blagojevich, said Wednesday. "Nothing about what's happened is funny, and Spirit's marketing campaign is in poor taste."

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  1. jim

    @jazzzz: I'm afraid I'm not. Again sorry to you and Philip about going off half c ocked, sometimes I forget about trolls. Nice to meet both of you too. I am aware of some of the things you're talking about Philip I haven't studied it much though. BTW, I never was much on the Patriot Act, it always reminded me too much of the book Animal Farm.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. jim

    I worked with an older gal once who lived in Germany at the time, she never brought that up but she did talk some about watching Hitler come, her family lived in the country side so they were able to stay out of much of it. She never talked about her parents much though and I was always afraid of bringing up bad memories for her.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Report abuse |
  3. jim

    Sorry we got off on the wrong foot philip.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enoch100

      Kiss kiss

      June 30, 2011 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    They were horrid times indeed, jim. Kinda looking that way again, only scattered all over the place. Wish they were all in one big pile. goodnight jim, Jazzy.

    June 29, 2011 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    Think nothing of it jim. It's easy to get misunderstood here, even w/o trolls. And my tongue isn't exactly the softest around here. 🙂 C-ya round jim

    June 29, 2011 at 10:54 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mad Hatter

    An airline with a sense of humor and the price is right. "Fly with a smile" should be their motto.

    June 29, 2011 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. motto

    "solid gold" is already their motto. It's what Blahgo used to say after he had evised another scheme. I think he used to say 'baby' too. Solid Gold baby. The creep's probably got a million dollar life insurance policy on some kid with 2 years to live that he secretly adopted. The kid was an abortion gone south too. ouch

    June 30, 2011 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  8. Bill

    1 down, countless to go.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  9. Gray

    How can you tell Spirit to not to poke fun at my ex-Gov because he has a wife and children? He brought this on them, not the airlines. He is a self-absorbed baboon that thought he could do whatever he wanted and he got caught. If he was my father I would consider changing my name. Not his family is going to have to live with the disgrace because of his stupidity.

    June 30, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Giddy

    He NEEDS to be made fun of. He was another greedy elitest that got busted with his hand in the cookie jar. No one did this to him but himself, and he should humbly suffer any and all the reprocussions that come with it.

    June 30, 2011 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  11. ColumbusOhio

    This guy undoubtedly deserves what he got. But, it still seems a bit unseemly to kick him when he's down.

    June 30, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Scott

    Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar !

    June 30, 2011 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Erisian

    Blagojevich should be thrilled to be associated with Spirit Airlines, something more evil and sinister than himself.

    June 30, 2011 at 8:48 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Bill Fitzgerald

    Actually, it is funny. Mostly because if I did not laugh, I would scream at how corrupt this guy is and how he ever got into office. And Obama, well, read culture of corruption and you will see what a mess we currently have in the White House.

    June 30, 2011 at 9:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • CTYank

      "Culture of corruption"? What are you talking about? Thinking, maybe, about the previous 8 years? Otherwise, be prepared to back up such sweeping allegations with something like facts meant to be factual.

      July 1, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  15. radamus

    Until recently the only charges against Blago I was really aware of were the charges involving Obama's Senate seat, so I was somewhat sympathetic to him. Then I found out that he had attempted to extort campaign contributions from a Children's Hospital. Stealing money from sick children!!! What a sleazeball. I hope he rots in prison.
    P.S. It was amazing how many republicans voluntarily "contributed" to this guy, even sought him out. At least the Democrats had to be extorted first.

    July 7, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
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