We are learning this morning in the corruption trial of former IL Governor Rod Blagojevich that Democratic Senate candidate Alexi Giannoulias called Blago to discuss the appointment of a replacement to the U.S. Senate seat that was held by Barack Obama.
Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post said this:
At the end of a Chicago Sun-Times blog post on the trial is a recorded exchange between former Blagojevich chief of staff John Harris and the governor, in which Harris passes along a note from Giannoulias. The state treasurer, according to Harris, had called about the Senate seat President-elect Obama was set to vacate.
"So Alexi called me. He wanted to have a discussion about the Senate seat," Harris is heard telling Blagojevich. "I imagine he'll tell me ... Barack wants Valerie (Jarrett)."
Blagojevich responds, according to the Sun-Times: "Listen to me, don't see him today. Just ... let's run the clock now."
According to Alexi's camp, the call was not made at the behest of Obama.
But the call was made. So now we have Alexi meddling in the U.S. Senate appointment with a disgraced former governor who tried to sell the seat.
The seat Alexi is now running for. Rich at Capitol Fax Blog thinks this is no big deal.
I think as far as we're concerned here, we'll see how this develops before making that pronouncement.