Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Political Punch: Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship



Political Punch: Questions Arise About the Obama/Blagojevich Relationship: "Asked what contact he'd had with the governor's office about his replacement in the Senate, President-elect Obama today said 'I had no contact with the governor or his office and so we were not, I was not aware of what was happening.'

But on November 23, 2008, his senior adviser David Axelrod appeared on Fox News Chicago and said something quite different.

While insisting that the President-elect had not expressed a favorite to replace him, and his inclination was to avoid being a 'kingmaker,' Axelrod said, 'I know he's talked to the governor and there are a whole range of names many of which have surfaced, and I think he has a fondness for a lot of them.'" Read more.

Note: David Axelrod released the following disclaimer/correction yesterday:

Statement From David Axelrod on Fox Chicago Interview
Last Edited: Tuesday, 09 Dec 2008, 6:49 PM CST
Created: Tuesday, 09 Dec 2008, 6:49 PM CST

STATEMENT FROM SENIOR ADVISOR DAVID AXELROD


I was mistaken when I told an interviewer last month that the President-elect has spoken directly to Governor Blagojevich about the Senate vacancy. They did not then or at any time discuss the subject.