Christmas came early for the Republican National Committee.
Less than an hour after word broke this morning that Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was arrested on wide federal corruption charges - most notably trying to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat for personal gain - the RNC sends out a little note.
“Obama&Blagojevich” is the subject line, though the ties are pretty weak. It’s well known that Obama and Blagojevich were not close confidantes and Obama did not include him in his presidential campaign.
From the RNC’s Alex Conant:
All – In light of the arrests in Illinois today, please recall the below points:
Obama Has Advised The Blagojevich Campaign And Endorsed Him For A Second Term:
Obama Advised Blagojevich On His Victorious Gubernatorial Run. “That year, [Obama] gained his first high-level experience in a statewide campaign when he advised the victorious gubernatorial candidate Rod Blagojevich, another politician with a funny name and a message of reform.” (Ryan Lizza, “Making It,” The New Yorker, 7/21/08)
Obama: “If the governor asks me to work on his behalf, I’ll be happy to do it.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)
Obama Endorsed Blagojevich For A Second Term. “Obama, who endorsed Blagojevich for a second term nearly 18 months ago, said he’s ready to help Illinois democrats in the upcoming elections.” (John Patterson, “Senator Says He’s Still Willing To Help Blagojevich Despite Hiring Concerns,” Chicago Daily Herald, 7/27/06)
Obama: “We’ve got a governor in Rod Blagojevich who has delivered consistently on behalf of the people of Illinois.” (Deanna Bellandi, “Illinois Democrats Talk Unity But Don’t Show It,” The Associated Press, 8/16/06)
A few facts:
Blagojevich said recently he wanted to name a replacement for Obama by Christmas. I’ll bet $100 that’s not happening.
His successor is Lt. Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat.
— Christina Bellantoni, White House correspondent,
The Washington Times
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