Friday, January 30, 2009
Blagojevich: I am not a crook-Defense
Blagojevich is on tape saying...Washington Independent:
“Unless I get something real good [for Senate candidate], s***, I’ll just send myself, you know what I’m saying?” Blagojevich was taped saying on November 3, the day before Election Day.
Blagojevich added that the Senate seat “is a f***ing valuable thing, you just don’t give it away for nothing.”
As if that weren’t incriminating enough, the complaint asserts that Blagojevich stated his goals even more bluntly in the wiretapped conversations with Tony Rezko, a convicted real estate developer and longtime Obama fund-raiser.
“I want to make money,” the affidavit quotes the governor as saying.
The Times Online asks, what did Rahm Emanuel know and when did he know it? To which I add, from which senate replacement (now Roland Burris) would Emanuel have profited, if any, with Blago selling the seat to the highest bidder.
They were tight...see, Blago would always take Rahm's phone calls:
From a cached version of APee, via Newsmax:
...there was always one call Blagojevich regularly took, say his aides, and that was from Rahm Emanuel _ his congressman, his one-time campaign adviser and, more recently -- and troubling for Emanuel -- one of his contacts with President-elect Barack Obama's transition staff.
The friendly rapport Blagojevich and Emanuel shared over the years has suddenly become a troubling liability for Emanuel and the new president he will serve as chief of staff.
Emanuel and Obama have remained silent about what, if anything, Emanuel knew of the governor's alleged efforts to peddle Obama's vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
Emanuel did contact the governor's office about the appointment, and left Blagojevich with the impression that he was pushing Valerie Jarrett, a close Obama friend, so he wouldn't have to compete with her in the White House for Obama's attention, said a person close to Blagojevich.
Jarrett has a lot of busy work listed as accomplishments on her profile, but she's just another cog - who yes, happens to be born in Iran (oh, there goes the xenophobia in me) - out of the Daley Chicago Political Machine. There's nothing impressive about her at all:
...the Obamas have regularly asked Jarrett for advice and she has been a part of almost all of their major decisions.That didn’t change when Barack Obama decided to run for president. Obama sought Jarrett’s counsel throughout the campaign, describing her as the ultimate “utility player,” or someone who could step into any role. “I trust her completely,” Obama says. The two talked every day during the campaign, and she often urged him to follow his gut when pollsters and political strategists had other advice, the Chicago Tribune reported.
Personally, I am going to miss this guy. He epitomizes the worst of Democratic politics.
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