“I’m confident that no representatives of mine would have any part of any deals related to this seat”…..”What I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement around any deal-making, that I’m absolutely certain of. “
I guess the key word is “deals” but we shall see. The Chicago Tribune is reporting there was, indeed, discussion between Rahm Emanuel and the Rod Blagojevich administration regarding a replacement for Obama’s Senate seat.
Rahm Emanuel, President-elect Barack Obama’s pick to be White House chief of staff, had conversations with Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s administration about who would replace Obama in the U.S. Senate, the Tribune has learned.
One source confirmed that communications between Emanuel and the Blagojevich administration were captured on court-approved wiretaps.
It would be hard to imagine a closer representative of the President-elect than Rahm Emanuel, unless it would be Michelle. He was the very first appointment. In fact, Obama made this statement upon his appointment, this from Huffington Post
“I am pleased to announce that my good friend, Congressman Rahm Emanuel, has agreed to serve as my White House chief of staff. I announce this appointment first because the Chief of Staff is central to the ability of a President and Administration to accomplish an agenda. And no one I know is better at getting things done than Rahm Emanuel.”
Good friend. Good at getting things done. Countdown. Under the Bus. Rahm is fast becoming “not the Rahm Emanuel I knew,” don’tcha think?
Typical Obama statements:
“I’m saddened by today’s verdict. This isn’t the Tony Rezko I knew, but now he has been convicted by a jury on multiple charges that once again shine a spotlight on the need for reform. I encourage the General Assembly to take whatever steps are necessary to prevent these kinds of abuses in the future.” – Senator Barack Obama
Obama emphasizes “the man (Jeremiah Wright) I saw yesterday was not the man I knew for 20 years.”
Has there ever been a more clueless person in the history of the world?
Read the Tribune story by Bob Secter @ http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chi-rahm-obama13dec13,0,3359611.story