Associated Press gives a sneak preview of Blagojevich's book "The Governor" coming out next week, in which the impeached governor says once-congressman/now-White House COS Rahm Emanuel attempted to arrange a return to U.S. Congress after serving at the White House ...
When Mr. Blagojevich talked to Mr. Emanuel after the election about the Senate pick, Mr. Obama's right-hand man "did not lobby for anyone in particular," according to the book.
Mr. Blagojevich said Mr. Emanuel was interested in his own career because he had to give up his congressional seat to work in the Obama White House. Mr. Blagojevich writes that Mr. Emanuel dreamed of being speaker of the House and wanted to know whether Mr. Blagojevich would work with him to name a successor to "hold" his seat until he wanted it back.
Deanna Bellandi also writes in the Washington Times that Blagojevich was about to offer the U.S. Senate seat to Lisa Madigan to gain favor with her father, the Speaker of the IL House and head of IL's Democratic Party:
Mr. Blagojevich also writes that he struggled with the idea of appointing Lisa Madigan to the Senate. The prospect "repulsed" him because of bad blood with her father.
But in the end, Mr. Blagojevich saw it as a way to entice Mr. Madigan to support legislation he wanted, including a long-stalled statewide construction program that he said would create jobs and expand health care access for families.
Expectedly, Blagojevich reportedly denies any wrong doing. No responses were obtained from Emanuel or Madigan.