Emanuel on tape about Obama?s Senate seat

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http://thehill.com/leading-the...e-seat-2008-12-13.html

Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-Ill.), the incoming White House chief of staff, spoke with members of Gov. Rod Blagojevich's administration about potential replacements for President-elect Obama?s vacant Senate seat, according to the Chicago Tribune, which cites wiretaps of the conversations.

Emanuel is not and has not been accused of wrongdoing, but unlike the president-elect, he has refused to discuss whether he talked with the administration about the appointment. Obama said on Thursday he had not spoken with members of the Blagojevich administration about his replacement in the Senate.

The wiretaps show Emanuel called John Harris, Blagojevich's chief of staff, the Saturday before the election to give him a list of Obama-approved nominees, the Chicago Tribune reported this morning. Harris, like Blagojevich, was arrested Tuesday morning on fraud and conspiracy charges and has since resigned from his post.

Those Emanuel characterized as having Obama?s backing included top adviser Valerie Jarrett, former congressional candidate and state Veterans Affairs director Tammy Duckworth, Dan Hynes, the state Comptroller, and Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.). Later, Emanuel called Harris again to include Lisa Madigan, the Illinois Attorney General.

Jarrett appears in the 76-page criminal complaint filed against Blagojevich and Harris as ?Senate Candidate 1,? referred to several times as a close adviser to the president-elect. In the complaint, Blagojevich appears to be actively trying to cut deals in exchange for naming Senate Candidate 1 to the post.

Schakowsky has said she believes she is either ?Senate Candidate 3? -- whose name is mentioned in an off-hand fashion only once -- or that she is not contained within the complaint at all.

Hynes and Madigan, both of whom have won multiple terms statewide, are seen as potential candidates for governor in 2010. Had Blagojevich decided to seek a third term, both would have considered primary challenges, a factor Blagojevich no doubt considered as he thought about the pick. Madigan is likely ?Senate Candidate 2? in the complaint.

Duckworth, who lost a bid for an open congressional seat in 2006 to Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.), is an Iraq war veteran who serves in Blagojevich's administration. The 40-year-old Duckworth was one of Emanuel?s favorite candidates when he headed the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and she spoke this summer at the Democratic National Convention.

Many believe Emanuel makes his own appearance in the criminal complaint, showing up as an unnamed adviser to Obama. Blagojevich curses the unnamed adviser in conversations with aides because, he says, the adviser seems unwilling to meet the governor's demands.

?He asks me for the Fifth CD thing. I want to be in his head,? Blagojevich is heard saying with regard to the unnamed adviser. Emanuel succeeded Blagojevich in representing Illinois' Fifth Congressional District. It is not clear to what Blagojevich is referring.


It will certainly be interesting to see if there are more tapes or if there was another attempted deal for the 5th district.

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Greenman

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Originally posted by: dmcowen674
You couldn't use the existing threads for this Republican garbage? :confused:

What republican garbage?
I found the information interesting and fairly presented.

You need to quit being such an ass Dave.
 

Starbuck1975

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You couldn't use the existing threads for this Republican garbage?
So now that the Democrats are about to take the White House, corruption, bribery and back room dealings are now garbage.

It appears that Obama is clean of the whole affair...there may be some in his inner circle who are not. Tapes such as these will reveal the scope of this scandal.

This will be the first test of Obama's Presidency, as this story will continue through to his assuming office. Obama promised change and an open government...

 

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Originally posted by: Starbuck1975
So now that the Democrats are about to take the White House, corruption, bribery and back room dealings are now garbage.

You missed the memo I presume.
 

retrospooty

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Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?
 

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Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

What talking points?
 

woodie1

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Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

So all we are to read are democrat talking points on this forum? Wouldn't that get kinda boring.
 

JSt0rm

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As much as I think winnar is a hack this post isn't one of those. These guys need to be rounded up and beheaded. Corruption would be gone in 10 days if the price was beheading.
 

retrospooty

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Originally posted by: winnar111
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

What talking points?

Rep's trying to tie Obama and/or his staff to this mess. The only thing I ever see you do here is post anti-Obama threads and other right wing FUD.
 

retrospooty

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Originally posted by: JSt0rm01
As much as I think winnar is a hack this post isn't one of those. These guys need to be rounded up and beheaded. Corruption would be gone in 10 days if the price was beheading.

I agree, Blago needs to be put in jail - but this thread isnt about that, its about trying to tie Obama to it.
 

winnar111

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Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: winnar111
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

What talking points?

Rep's trying to tie Obama and/or his staff to this mess. The only thing I ever see you do here is post anti-Obama threads and other right wing FUD.

Because he's the Messiah and can do no wrong?
 

retrospooty

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Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

So all we are to read are democrat talking points on this forum? Wouldn't that get kinda boring.

Thats not at all what I was saying... This is an open forum.

I was just pointing out that Winnar111 has absolutely nothing to say unless its bashing or otherwise discrediting democrats. Its all he does here.
 

retrospooty

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Originally posted by: winnar111
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: winnar111
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

What talking points?

Rep's trying to tie Obama and/or his staff to this mess. The only thing I ever see you do here is post anti-Obama threads and other right wing FUD.

Because he's the Messiah and can do no wrong?

Yes, that right /rollseyes .

Nice avoidance of the question too BTW.

 

woodie1

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Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

So all we are to read are democrat talking points on this forum? Wouldn't that get kinda boring.

Thats not at all what I was saying... This is an open forum.

I was just pointing out that Winnar111 has absolutely nothing to say unless its bashing or otherwise discrediting democrats. Its all he does here.

Interesting. Someone has to help provide some balance on this forum and you don't seem willing.
 

retrospooty

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Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

So all we are to read are democrat talking points on this forum? Wouldn't that get kinda boring.

Thats not at all what I was saying... This is an open forum.

I was just pointing out that Winnar111 has absolutely nothing to say unless its bashing or otherwise discrediting democrats. Its all he does here.

Interesting. Someone has to help provide some balance on this forum and you don't seem willing.

Its not about balance - there are plenty of people that do that... I just find it odd that someone can be so blindly one sided. If you dont see that in Winnar111, then you either dont come here often, or dont pay attention.
 

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I'm kinda waiting for Blago's Democrat playmates to utter something akin to "Let's wait for Due Process" instead of "kick him out" and / or "hang him."

I think they're a little nervous that he's gonna start singing for a deal ... what Kass calls "Fed-itis" ... an ailment that seems to be catching in these here parts.

Lisa Madigan, da DA, has a dog in this hunt (she wants to be Gov sooooooo bad, and her Daddy wants her to be Governor too, so she will be. I doubt the Illinois Supreme Court will toss Blago out, especially since he's not even indicted yet. All there is is a complaint.

Blago has done nothing, said nothing, that is different than nearly every other Machine pol in the state. He is no different than any other Chicago politician (including BHO); he *is* a chip off the ol' block. He just got caught, and that is his only sin. He'll probably be found dead by "suicide" about the time the Machine sees him weakening and looking towards the Feds for a little cover, because the Mob is the third leg of the Machine.

Wait & See
 

woodie1

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Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Originally posted by: woodie1
Originally posted by: retrospooty
Winnar111, do you do anything on this forum other than post pro republican talking points? I mean seriously, is that all you do here, have you no other purpose than to spread FUD?

So all we are to read are democrat talking points on this forum? Wouldn't that get kinda boring.

Thats not at all what I was saying... This is an open forum.

I was just pointing out that Winnar111 has absolutely nothing to say unless its bashing or otherwise discrediting democrats. Its all he does here.

Interesting. Someone has to help provide some balance on this forum and you don't seem willing.

Its not about balance - there are plenty of people that do that... I just find it odd that someone can be so blindly one sided. If you dont see that in Winnar111, then you either dont come here often, or dont pay attention.

Alas, you are the blind one. There are plenty of people on this site who are one sided.

Standby, they will show themselves again and again.