Saturday, December 13, 2008

Illinois Political Drama Update: Emanuel Gave Blago Obama's Picks

Apparently, Illinois has decided to compete with Florida, California and Texas as having the most dramatic political and social dramas in the nation. While progressives were busy beating up Bank of America and helping shady corporate owners evade legal liability, Illinois Governor Rob Blagojevich found himself arrested for attempting to sell Obama's Senate seat to the highest bidder. Obama's team has offered several statements concerning the president-elect's or his staff's contact with the imperiled governor. Now, the Chicago Tribune has released a story which reports that prosecutors have recordings of Obama's Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel speaking with Blagojevich. Emanuel allegedly conveyed to Blagojevich Obama's preferred list of persons who could take over his Senate seat. According to the Chicago Tribune:
Emanuel delivered a list of candidates who would be "acceptable" to Obama, the
source said. On the list were Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Illinois Veterans
Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, state Comptroller Dan Hynes and U.S. Rep. Jan
Schakowsky of Chicago, the source said. All are Democrats. . . .Sometime after
the election, Emanuel called Harris back to add the name of Democratic Atty.
Gen. Lisa Madigan to the approved list, the source said.

Because the report has emerged the day before Sunday morning punditry, I expect it to dominate the airwaves tomorrow (and probably longer).

1 comment:

The Intellectual Redneck said...

Obama's Blagojevich story is crumbling.
Obama insisted that none of his staff had a part in the attempted selling of his Senate seat by Gov. Blagojevich. "I have never spoken with the governor on this subject. I am confident that no representative of mine would have any part in any deals related to this seat," Obama said. It appears that Obama's chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, has been talking to Blagojevich. The details of those discussions are not yet known.
The Intellectual Redneck

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