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Former Gov. Blagojevich sings Elvis for charity (sort of.)

Source: Chris Xamplas Source: Chris Xamplas

CHICAGO (CBS) - Deposed Gov. Rod Blagojevich has demonstrated before that he has a flair for performance, but he took it to new levels at a block party this weekend.

Standing alongside a Fabio lookalike Blagojevich got up on stage and sang Elvis Presley at the street party outside the headquarters of the Optimus studio, at 161 E. Grand Ave.

It was all captured on video by CND Gyros manager Chris Xamplas.

The governor is a well-established Elvis fan, and sang, appropriately enough, "Treat Me Nice." Channeling Presley - or perhaps Andy Kaufman - he even turned up his collar and shook his pelvis for the imitation.

Before he started singing, Blagojevich said, "No I'm going to sing a song, because you can't vote against me anymore." He also said he was "wrongfully hijacked from office."

The party was thrown by the Chicago sound production studio, which paid Blagojevich for his time. He's not saying how much, only that the money is going to a charity for cancer patients.

Meanwhile, Blagojevich on Sunday launched a Web site that catalogues his scores of public appearances, allows for public feedback, and even allows visitors to hire him for a party.

"Since his controversial ousting from office, Rod Blagojevich has refused to be silent," an introduction on www.GovernorRod.com reads. "In the meantime, he's not holding back. He's not playing politics or playing nice. He's simply speaking his mind and telling the truth!"

Blagojevich has been in the spotlight since his Dec. 9 arrest at his Ravenswood Manor neighborhood home. He regularly appears on television and radio shows, acted in a Second City comedy show about corruption allegations against him.

The Web site, featuring a photo of Blagojevich in a shirt and tie with a suit jacket slung over this shoulder, gives the former governor's schedule for speaking engagements, radio appearances and details on his book, "The Governor."

The comments portion of his Web site encourages visitors to "Speak Out! Tell Rod what's bugging you."

Blagojevich faces federal charges, including allegations he schemed to sell or trade President Barack Obama's former U.S. Senate seat, attempted to extort campaign money from companies seeking state business and plotted to use the governor's office to pressure the Chicago Tribune to fire editorial writers who called for his impeachment.

Blagojevich has repeatedly denied wrongdoing.

The judge overseeing the corruption case has said Blagojevich could go to trial as early as April.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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