Rahm Talked with Blagojevich, but About What?
President Elect Barack Obama’s Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel had “multiple conversations” with Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich about filling Obama’s vacant Senate seat, Chicago’s Fox affiliate reports, citing an unnamed source. Emanuel purportedly passed a list of candidates for the seat that were acceptable to PEBO.
As noted last night by MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, and reinforced today by Salon’s Alex Koppelman, the mere fact that Rahm or anyone else on the Obama team spoke with Blago doesn’t mean there was anything nefarious going on. The law certainly allows for talking about preferences. There is only a problem if there was some sort of negotiated pay-for-play, or if staffers were solicited for bribes and failed to report it to the proper authorities.
As the governor’s tirade about “appreciation” seems to indicate, Team Obama wasn’t playing Blago-ball. Today’s Washington Post also stresses how hard the Obama campaign worked to put distance between Barack and Blagojevich.