Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich says he’ll eat bugs for money.

As he voiced his interest in appearing on this season’s “I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here!,” Blago said that these days he’ll do whatever it takes to generate income for his family.

“I have to support my children and my family, and if that means going into the jungle and having to eat some bugs, it’s just a testament to how much I love my kids,” he opined to NBC last week.

He’d reportedly earn somewhere in the neighborhood of $80,000 for every week that he stays on the show. His tasks might include – based on the public’s occasional interest in seeing disgraced, unrecognizable, strung-out celebrities put in demeaning or preposterous situations – eating some bugs or jumping in fecal mud or seeing how many times he can punch himself in the face before passing out.

A willingness to slum it to support a family is commendable – Oprah Winfrey recently profiled former pastor Ted Haggard, whose dalliances with meth and a male prostitute cost him his pulpit in the New Life megachurch in Colorado Springs, as he resorted to selling insurance door to door to make ends meet.

But what makes Blago so inspiring is that he’s never been willing to drop all of his morals and ethics for money before. Going on a reality TV show –being forced, rather – to make a mockery of his fall from grace for the sole purpose of saving his family must make him extremely uncomfortable.

Now, granted, Rod saw a little bit of trouble when he shelved the typical “moral” and “ethical” standards of conduct for a governor when he offered an appointment to Barack Obama’s senate seat to whomever could raise the most money for him. But every thinking person who watched his media blitz in his last days in office knows his impeachment had nothing to do with that scandal and everything to do with his tireless efforts to develop a better health care system for the poor, old, young and disenfranchised in Illinois, a quest that threatened the vengeful fat-cats and sinister backroom politicos in his state. And everyone who watched his media blitz knows, after appearances on “Larry King Live,” the “Late Show with David Letterman,” and “The View” to name but a few, the man’s got just the kind of charm that’s needed for the highbrow entertainment of reality TV.

Now, Blago’s interest in the show may prove immaterial. U.S. District Court Judge James Zagel has already noted his disinclination with lifting Blago’s restrictions on travel that were imposed when he was indicted on corruption charges, so making visits to the show’s Costa Rican set might be difficult.

But rules and regulations haven’t stopped him before. Isn’t Costa Rica on the way to some federal courthouse? If, say, someone was getting on a flight to Springfield and accidentally boarded the wrong gangway to Costa Rica, that’s not like a federal crime or anything, right?

Actually, what precisely constitutes a federal crime these days? People can be sooo touchy about these so-called “abuses of power.” And don’t even think about messing around with the democratic process, people get all crazy and start shouting and impeaching things.

“After all the stress of trying to improve the lives of each and every citizen in my state,” Blagojevich told me last week, maybe, “what I really could use is a vacation to someplace warm where I can get a lot of exercise in, I don’t know, contests of some sort. I’ve always been a go-getter kind of person, so I’d love to stay at one of those resorts that makes you compete against the other guests. And I do hope they’ll have one of those really exotic restaurants that serves, you know, bugs and stuff.”

I say go for it, governor. And if that doesn’t work out, I’d also suggest looking into wrestling. It doesn’t pay much right off the bat, especially if you’re just wrestling people and not animals, but you could dress up in those mob suits you love to wear with the big-knotted ties and call yourself the Guv’nah, said with a little bit of a cockney lilt and a doff of a plaid newsboy’s hat at appropriate moments to cue the audience that you’re one of the good guys, after all.