CHICAGO, ILL. -- 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.
Guess Axelrod wasn't mistaken after all. Seems our president-elect has some explaining to do. As a reminder:
Here is a screen shot from Blagojevich's website, dated November 5 (can't seem to access that website at the moment. hmmm):
Guess Axelrod wasn't mistaken after all.
Seems our president-elect has some explaining to do. As a reminder:
Asked what contact he'd had with the
governor's office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect
Obama today said "I had no contact with the governor or his office and
so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening."
"Obviously like the rest of the people of Illinois I am saddened and sobered by the news that came out of the US attorney's office today," said President-elect Obama this afternoon in Chicago, speaking of the criminal complaint against Democratic Gov. Rod Blagojevich for corruption. "But as this is a ongoing investigation involving the governor I don't think it would be appropriate for me to comment on the issue at this time."
But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.
While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a "kingmaker," Axelrod said, "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."
(UPDATE: An Obama Transition Team aide says that Axelrod misspoke on Fox News Chicago.)
(UPDATE #2: Axelrod this evening issued a statement saying. "I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.")
Via: Gateway Pundit:
Via: Gateway Pundit:
Obviously, Barack Obama is not being honest about his contact with Blagojevich