Obama camp spoke to Blago
Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel apparently had conversations with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about a replacement for Obama’ s Senate seat, and the conversations may have been recorded.
Obama better hope he was right yesterday when he said, “But what I’m absolutely certain of is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That, I’m absolutely certain of.”
As is revealed in criminal complaints, Blago seemed to be under the impression that Obama’s team was not cooperating in rewarding Blago for any particular appointment. At this point it’s looking like Emanuel may have been involved in discussions in which Blago asked for a kickback of some sort. The notion that Obama was unaware of these developments is unlikely, even if he did nothing wrong.
Emanuel refused to answer questions about his involvement yesterday.
The worst thing that could come of this situation from Obama’s standpoint would be Emanuel crossing a line in his discussions with Blago, which would probably force Emanuel’s resignation from chief of staff. That would reflect very poorly on Obama’s judgment in selecting him. But since when was Obama’s judgment viewed as spotless?