Sen. Reid's Call To Blago Pushed For Non Black Appointment
Blago is a genius! As everyone watched him appoint Roland Burris, the criticism of his arrogance and use of the race card flooded the airwaves. But Blago had inside information that he knew would put all his critics in a corner. A phone call, that was most likely wiretapped, in which the Leader of the Senate, Harry Reid, made clear his desire to keep the Senate Whites Only. Obviously, all the participants at the now famous press conference knew that Reid would have his threat, to keep any appoint made by Blago from being seated, shoved down his throat. Tuesday is likely to be C-Span's greatest ratings moment when Burris shows up to the Senate and Reid hides behind the Black Caucus. It will be interesting to see how Black activist around the country handle such a blatant attempt by the Democratic Top Dog to keep out of the Senate an African American who has been appointed to a seat that he specifically did not want given to an African American. Was the same asked from other Governors that find themselves making such appointments? Seems that Blago may not be the bad guy in this little pick up game. Suddenly it appears that everyone involved with filling these vacant Senate seats is beyond tainted in this process. Surely Senate Republicans will all bring popcorn and Raisinets to the Big Show.
"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 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.
Jackson and Davis are both Democratic congressmen from Illinois, and Jones is the Illinois Senate president and Obama's political godfather.
Instead, Reid pressed Blagojevich to appoint either state Veterans Affairs chief Tammy Duckworth or Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, sources told the newspaper.
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.