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Elvis' Kin Honored to Meet Blagojevich



    The ex-governor chats up The King's stepbrother, Rick Stanley, before an inspirational talk at the First Church of the Nazarene in Oak Lawn. (Published Sunday, April 25, 2010)

    It's no secret Rod Blagojevich loves Elvis -- but apparently, one of the King's relatives has a mutual respect for Illinois' indicted ex-governor.

    Presley's stepbrother Rick Stanley spoke at First Church of the Nazarene in Oak Lawn Saturday night, and the state's most famous Elvis fan was in the house.

    "I'm very honored to have you here,'' Stanley told Blagojevich as more than 100 in the audience applauded. "I can't say your last name, but I thank you for coming.''

    Stanley's mother married Presley's father in 1960. Stanley, now 56, battled addiction while serving as Presley's "personal aide" but came clean and became a Christian two months after the singer's 1977 death from drug abuse.

    Blagojevich, who sat in the first pew with wife Patti and daughter Annie, said he could relate to Stanley's message.

    "I can't imagine what it would have been like being governor if I didn't have a faith in something bigger and more important than you to guide you to try to do the right thing for people," he said.