June 29th, 2010
It seems as if Obama’s protestations that he was not involved with the Blagojevich nominations are turning out to be a little shaky.
Revealed today in the Chicago Sun Times:
“Tom, this is Barack, give me a call,” the soon-to-be President-Elect said on the message.
After Balanoff sent word through an Obama aide to call him back, Obama returned his call later that night.
“Tom, i want to talk to you with regard to the Senate seat,” Obama told him.
Balanoff said Obama said he had two criteria: someone who was good for the citizens of Illinois and could be elected in 2010.
Obama said he wasn’t publicly coming out in support of anyone but he believed Valerie Jarrett would fit the bill.
“I would much prefer she (remain in the White House) but she does want to be Senator and she does meet those two criteria,” Balanoff said Obama told him. “I said: ‘thank you, I’m going to reach out to Gov. Blagojevich.”
According to the article Balanoff met with Blagojevich 5 days later to recommend Valerie Jarrett, Obama’s choice.
Not exactly corruption, but it does fly in the face of Obama’s claims that he had no contact with Blagojevich. I call that a lie.