Blago Blowback

Amanda Carpenter
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Posted: Dec 12, 2008 9:24 AM
Two items that will be making the rounds today:

Ed Rendell is mad at Obama. “They have never been in an executive position before,” Rendell said this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” “The rule of thumb is whatever you did, say it and get it over with and make it a one-day story as opposed to a three-day story. Politicians are always misjudging the intelligence of the American people.”

The man implicated as Senate candidate #5 helped organize $1 million fundraiser for Blagojevich last Saturday, reports the Chicago Tribune, despite denying any wrong doing in connection with the disgraced Governor in a Capitol Hill press conference on Wednesday.
As Gov. Rod Blagojevich was trying to pick Illinois' next U.S. senator, businessmen with ties to both the governor and U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. discussed raising at least $1 million for Blagojevich's campaign as a way to encourage him to pick Jackson for the job, the Tribune has learned...Blagojevich made an appearance at an Oct. 31 luncheon meeting at the India House restaurant in Schaumburg sponsored by Oak Brook businessman Raghuveer Nayak, a major Blagojevich supporter who also has fundraising and business ties to the Jackson family, according to several attendees and public records. As part of the charges, prosecutors alleged that Blagojevich was considering awarding the seat to a politician identified as "Senate Candidate 5" because emissaries for that candidate were promising to raise as much as $1.5 million for Blagojevich's campaign fund.