Harry Reid Told Blagojevich Not to Appoint Jesse Jackson Jr., and Other Blacks
Not just Jackson though…he also urged against Rep. Danny Davis and State Sen. Emil Jones. All of these individuals just so happen to be black. However, Dingy Harry put his stamp of approval on Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. These two individuals just so happen to not be white. If this would have been a Republican there would be scandal, but of course we know its only coincidence since its a leading Democrat.
Days before Gov. Blagojevich was charged with trying to sell President-elect Barack Obama’s U.S. Senate seat to the highest bidder, top Senate Democrat Harry Reid made it clear who he didn’t want in the post: Jesse Jackson, Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones.
Rather, Reid called Blagojevich to argue he appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the Chicago Sun-Times.
Sources say the Senate majority leader pushed against Jackson and Davis — both democratic congressmen from Illinois — and against Jones — the Illinois Senate president who is the political godfather of President-elect Barack Obama — because he did not believe the three men were electable. He feared losing the seat to a Republican in a future election.
Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero confirmed that Reid (D-Nev.) and U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.) — the new chief of the Senate Democratic political operation — each called Blagojevich’s campaign office separately Dec. 3. Sources believe that at least portions of the phone conversations are on tape.
Before their contacts, Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel called Blagojevich to tell him to expect to hear from Senate leadership because they were pushing against Jackson and others, according to statements the governor made to others.
Hey wait! I thought Rahm Emanuel didn’t have any contact or connection with the criminal Blagojevich over this Senate seat! Hmmmm….pass the popcorn please.
Sister Toldjah wonders where is the outrage?
Update: John Cornyn:
“For the last several weeks, Senator Reid has led the charge to deny the people of Illinois a voice in choosing their next U.S. senator in a special election,” Cornyn said in a Saturday afternoon statement. “Now we learn that Senator Reid also took the extraordinary step to lobby against two sitting U.S. congressmen and the state senate Majority Leader in Illinois, and instead told Governor Blagojevich that he supported an appointment for an individual [Duckworth] who recently lost a U.S. House election.”
“The people of Illinois deserve a simple explanation from Senator Reid – why does he believe these three Illinois officeholders are ‘unelectable’ to the U.S. Senate?” Cornyn added.
To all those that think my accusations of racism are ridiculous, I think Hugh at Wizbang explains it well:
Is Harry Reid a racist? According to the standards of his liberal brethren in academia, he must prove he isn’t. Until so, we should assume he is. Or maybe he should resign his leadership position until he is proven innocent or after he has shown evidence of sensitivity training.
Crossposted from Stop the ACLU where a lot of interesting comments are going on.