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Grinch, Obama initially said that neither he or any members of his team had contact with Blago. That has now been amended to "contact but no attempt to influence."
I don't say that Obama was mixed up in it but Emanuel gave Blago the list of candidates Obama wanted so one may assume that he got that list from Obama, which would indicate Obama knew that Emanuel would be giving it to Blago, which makes the "no team contact" remark by Obama false.
As I said, Obama doesn't need this and should get it resolved as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, he doesn't seem to be headed in that direction.....and I hope Emanuel isn't too fond of his head.
Pressure builds on Obama to release his Blagojevich contacts
In case you're wondering about that list President-elect Obama promised a few days ago to release in "a few days" detailing all of his office's contacts with accused Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich about the vacant U.S. Senate seat, the Republican National Committee would like to fan your doubts.
Saturday, as the governor met with a high-profile Chicago defense attorney, the RNC released a short videotape (see below) detailing some of Obama's connections to and statements about the governor, who is allegedly on FBI wiretaps trying to sell his nomination to the highest bidder.
Both Obama and U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald have said there's no evidence of the ex-senator's involvement in the alleged political auction. And Obama has denied speaking to the governor or his office on the Senate vacancy.
Democratic President-elect Barack Obama and Illinois fellow Democratic Governor Rod Blagojevich now accused of auctioning off Obama's vacant U.S. Senate seat in happier times
But the Chicago Tribune reported Saturday that Obama's new White House chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, did indeed have contacts with the governor's office, providing a list of replacement nominees acceptable to Obama and then later adding one more.
What's puzzled some people and raised suspicions among others is Emanuel's refusal to talk about it (reportedly physically pushing one reporter's tape recorder away and having a verbal altercation with another) and the delay on Obama's part in releasing the promised diary of contacts.
From a practical point of view, if everything is above board, what's to hide?
From a political communications and PR point of view, the atypically clumsy silence and delay creates doubts among even some Democrats, an information vacuum that opponents seek to fill with items like this video below and that has turned what could have been a one- or two-day state scandal story into nearly a week-long saga now involving a new national leader who promised to change the way the people's business is done.
Obama said Thursday he had never spoken to Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy and was "confident that no representatives" of his had engaged in any deal making over the seat with the governor or his team. He also pledged Thursday that in the "next few days," he would explain what contacts his staff may have had with the governor's office about the Senate vacancy.