timely quote

Patriotism means to stand by the country. It does not mean to stand by the president.

Theodore Roosevelt

Sunday, January 4, 2009

Pay to Play part duex and Blago update

In the second Obama linked pay to play scandal, Gov Bill Richardson of New Mexico, has withdrawn from his nomination to be the new commerce secretary. Someone in Richardson's administration is under investigation by a grand jury about a business that won contributed over $110,000 to Richardson's political committees. The company, CDR, won a $1 million contract just before the largest contribution of $75,000.
A senior Obama adviser said that when Richardson was nominated, he gave assurances that he would come out fine in the investigation and the president-elect had no reason to doubt it. But as the grand jury continued to pursue the case, it became clear that confirmation hearings would have to be delayed for six weeks or even longer until the investigation was complete, said the adviser, speaking on condition of anonymity about the discussions because they were private.
Well, we know already what the Obama people think about "private conversations" don't we?

This comes just before Obama's meeting with his prospective cabinet about the massive "economic recovery" bill he want's to get passed first thing after his coronatio...inauguration.

Democratic strategist Mary Anne Marsh told FOX News that with the cloud lingering over the Obama transition because of Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's alleged attempts to sell Obama's vacated Senate seat, the Richardson nomination would have been another unwanted distraction.

Richardson "was going to have a very difficult time getting through this nomination," Marsh said. "People really haven't looked at the Richardson situation and the more they looked at it, the more they realized" confirmation was going to be a problem.

It will be interesting to see who Obama ends up tapping for this now empty post. Probably someone from Chicago.
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In an update to the Blago scandal, apparently, Sen Harry Reid called Gov Blagojevich to voice his opposition to appointing Jesse Jackson Jr to Obama's empty Senate seat.

The Sun-Times reported Friday that during their discussion Reid pressured Blagojevich not to appoint Jesse Jackson Jr., Danny Davis or Emil Jones because he feared they'd lose to a GOP opponent in the next election.

In a rather ironic turn of events, Reid has been called a racist for his opposition.

William Walls of the Committee for a Better Chicago called Reid's opposition to the appointment of Jackson, Davis or Jones, all of whom are black, an act of racism.

"The U.S. Senate is an institution that is primarily white and has been forever and some people are more comfortable with people of their own kind," Walls told FOXNews.com. "Harry Reid seems to be one of those people."

Walls has vowed to rally activists in an effort to politically defeat Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Secretary of State Jesse White if they don't support Blagojevich's appointment for the seat, Roland Burris.

Since this information came out, Reid has been attacking Blagojevich and avoiding the actual questions of his motivation about the phone call:

"Gov. Blagojevich's efforts to try to tarnish others while the cloud of suspicion continues to grow over him are shameful, as are his efforts to further betray the public trust and sow seeds of division," said Reid in the prepared statement, which also called for Blagojevich's resignation.

Reid, however, stopped short of explaining his side of the conversation.

"Gov. Blagojevich appears to be trying to distract attention from his daunting legal problems and damaged credibility by distorting information about private phone calls between himself and other public officials," Reid said.

The Democratic party is really poking sticks at each other. Not the most auspicious of starts here. They should be careful or they'll start to fall apart and look like the loose affiliation of special interests that they really are. There's nothing quite like rats fleeing a sinking ship than Democrats scattering at the mention of a scandal. Wow.

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