We should all remember these words spoken by Obama just a few days ago about the Blagojevich scandal:
“I had no contact with the governor’s office. I did not speak to the governor about these issues. That I know for certain.”
Problem is, it’s a lie.
Another source said that contact between the Obama camp and the governor’s administration regarding the Senate seat began the Saturday before the Nov. 4 election, when Emanuel made a call to the cell phone of Harris. The conversation took place around the same time press reports surfaced about Emanuel being approached about taking the high-level White House post should Obama win.
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.
Oh sure, its political doublespeak….but no matter, it’s clear that Obama gave the list to Emmanuel who then delivered it. He may not have spoken with Blago directly, but through his Chief of Staff he most certainly communicated with him. Hell, according to this article it appears he had veto power over who would get the seat:
Schakowsky also spoke of a conversation she had with Emanuel shortly after he was named chief of staff. She said she called Emanuel “to get some intelligence” on whether Obama might approve of her selection as senator.
“He indicated that the president-elect would be fine with certain people and I was one of them,” Schakowsky said, adding that he did not share the identities of others on the list.
He had veto power but did not communicate with Blago? Come on!
This is the “change we can believe in”?
Could he have just told the American people that yes, he did communicate with Blago about who he would like to see take his seat but he did not know anything about this pay to play scheme Blago was running? Most certainly. I’m sure he would have been taken at his word. But instead he lied to the American people, and he hasn’t even been sworn in.
Can’t say I’m surprised. We have long been saying this guy is deep in the muck of Chicago politics but I did not think the guy would screw this up so quickly.