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When Villains Join Forces: SEIU Pressured Blagojevich to Appoint Valerie Jarrett

Steve Bartin 29 June 2010 2 Comments

The Chicago Sun-Times reports:

Union leader Tom Balanoff just testified that right after the Presidential election, he met with both Valerie Jarrett and Alexi Giannoulias about Jarrett’s possible appointment to the Senate by Rod Blagojevich.

There’s more:

Balanoff said he planned to tell Blagojevich that if he didn’t appoint Jarrett then the governor couldn’t expect future help from the union, a major Democratic contributor.

“I was going to use our union’s influence to make a good decision,” Balanoff said.

Blago, Obama,  Giannoulias,and SEIU: nice people to do business with.

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  • Bessie said:

    IF Barack was on the up’n up like he wants everyone to believe, he would have sent Milorad an email expressing his Senate wish list….Using a ‘go-between’ is highly suspicious and his “in-house investigation” where he stated he, “never contacted the Governor or his staff in regards to the Senate seat” is the truth…JUST not the whole truth…Clintonesk, “I did not have sex with that women”…cigars don’t count.

  • Bessie said:

    The Blago Blog
    Inside the Rod Blagojevich investigation and related cases Obama spokesman asked about Blagojevich trial testimony
    By Natasha Korecki on June 29, 2010 6:15 PM | Permalink | Comments (3) | TrackBacks (0)

    From a White House briefing today with Robert Gibbs.

    Q Tom Balanoff is a local labor leader in Chicago and in testimony today at the Blagojevich trial he talks about a phone call that he got from Barack Obama on Monday evening before the Tuesday election, at which he quotes Mr. Obama as saying that he thinks Valerie Jarrett should be a United States senator, that she fits the criteria; “I would prefer that she remain working for President Obama, but she does want to be Senator.” And Balanoff said he told the soon-to-be President, “I said, ‘Thank you, I’m going to reach out to Governor Blagojevich with that.'” Did the President make that phone call?

    MR. GIBBS: You’re telling me about this testimony. I’m not going to get into commenting on obviously an ongoing trial. And I have had not had an opportunity to see that.

    Q But you’ve said before that the President did not get involved with the suggestions or the conversations with Blagojevich.

    MR. GIBBS: Ann, I’m just not going to get into commenting on an ongoing trial.


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