God I love the Internet! How quickly and easily information comes out about the hot topics of the day! Here we are, just one day after Rod Blagojevich got arrested for his Chicago-style corruption, we’ve got an ID on one of the players.
We also have information that Barack Obama was indeed “in contact” with Blagojevich about who would take the vacated Senate seat.
According to a November 5th story by Carol Sowers of KHQA Channel 7:
|Now that Barack Obama will be moving to the White House, his seat in the U.S. Senate representing Illinois will have to be filled.
That’s one of Obama’s first priorities today.
He’s meeting with Governor Rod Blagojevich this afternoon in Chicago to discuss it.
Illinois law states that the governor chooses that replacement.
There’s already been speculation about his selection…from Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. of Chicago’s south side who co-chaired Obama’s presidential campaign, to recently-retired state senate president Emil Jones, to the governor himself.
So, Obama’s comment about not being in contact with Blagojevich doesn’t seem entirely truthful anymore and it is becoming clear that David Axelrod did not “mis-speak” during an interview with ABC about Obama having talked with Blagojevich.
And we know who Candidate #5 is. Jesse Jackson Jr., one of Obama’s earliest supporters. Candidate #5 does not look good in the criminal complaint filed against Blagojevich by Patrick Fitzgerald.
|“In a recorded conversation on October 31, 2008, Rod Blagojevich described an earlier approach by an associate of Senate Candidate Five as follows: ‘We were approached “pay to play.” That, you know, he’d raise me 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a senator.”|
According to the affidavit, it looks like Senate Candidate #5 was willing to pay $1 million for the Senate seat and Blagojevich was seriously considering it.
You can access both complete articles on-line here:
Ill. Governor Meeting With Obama Today (Story has been removed)
November 5, 2008
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. Is ‘Senate Candidate 5′ In Blagojevich Criminal Complaint
Chris Fusco, Tim Novak and Natasha Korecki
December 10, 2008
UPDATE: Apparently, the Carol Sowers story from connecttristates.com has been removed. However, the story was linked by several other websites inculding the politico.com, Gateway Pundit and others. Here is a screenshot of the webpage before it got removed:
Here is the Press Release from the Illinois Government News Network that confirms the November 5th meeting:
Governor Blagojevich Congratulates President-Elect Obama And Discusses U.S. Senate Seat
November 5, 2008
Filed under: Corruption, Government, Politics | Tagged: Barack Obama, Candidate #5, Carol Sowers, Chris Fusco, David Axelrod, Illinois, Jesse Jackson Jr., Natasha Korecki, Rod Blagojevich, Tim Novak | 8 Comments »