Monday, March 9, 2009

New Development in Blagojevich Case: Contact Emailed Former Governor's Top Aide About "Opportunities" Following Obama's Election Victory

An Associated Press Exclusive: Cubs Deal Consultant Spoke of `Opportunities' in E-Mails to Top Blagojevich Aide

A sports consultant helping Tribune Co. with a potential Wrigley Field sale said in an e-mail to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich's top aide that the results of the presidential election had put "the opportunities we discussed" in front of Blagojevich, The Associated Press has learned. . . .

"Now that the election has gone as we expected, the opportunities we discussed, and Rod and I talked even more about, are in front of you guys," Ganis wrote in one of two dozen e-mail exchanges between Ganis and Harris obtained by the AP through the Freedom of Information Act.

"I was going to call the Gov today to get together to continue the discussion you had us start. ... There is a real possibility these next two years could be very different than the last two for you guys. An opportunity that this election may have presented."

Ganis said Monday that the postelection missive was about the chance for Blagojevich to improve relations with the Illinois Legislature. He said he was talking to Blagojevich and Harris about the opportunity to have President Barack Obama or his staff mediate Blagojevich's long-standing differences with legislators.

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