Thursday, December 11, 2008

The vacated Senate Seat controversy

When reporters asked Obama what contact he'd had with the governor's office about his replacement in the Senate after Blagojevich was arrested by federal authorities,
Obama replied, "I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."

Below are various sources indicating that a meeting between president-elect and Illinois Governor Blagojevish did take place:

On Nov. 23 David Axelrod, said on Fox Chicago: "I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them." The Obama campaign is saying this was not correct…you can watch the Nov. 23rd interview here.

The report by KHQA-TV's Carol Sowers originally was posted on the website of the Quincy, Ill., station. The article said "one of Obama's first priorities" on the day after his election was a meeting with Blagojevich planned that afternoon to discuss the Senate seat. Another story by the Quincy station later that week indicated the meeting took place. The station has removed both links to the archived stories.

The Chicago Tribune also reported on an Obama-Blagojevich meeting: Governor mum on Obama seat

Also, a Press Release from the Illinois Government Community news network website provides a hint of a discussion about the Senate Seat.

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