One day after Illinois Governor Blagojevich was publicly humiliated by being arrested on a federal corruption charge stemming from illegally attempting to broker a deal to fill a vacant seat in the Senate, President-Elect Barack Obama has broken his silence, not his distance, on the scandal.
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs reported late Wednesday that President-Elect Obama “agrees with (Illinois) Lt. Governor Pat Quin and many others that under the circumstances it is difficult for the Governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois.”
Further distancing himself from the scandal of the senate seat for sale to the highest bidder that once belonged to him, President-Elect Obama suggested that lawmakers “should put in place a process to select a new senator that have the trust and confidence of the people of Illinois.”
Also mentioned in the FBI documentation as “candidate number 5,” is Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. In a press conference held Wednesday, Jackson denied having any involvement in brokering a financial deal to obtain the vacant senate seat. Admitting to having met with Gov. Blagojevich to discuss his possible appointment to the Senate, Jackson adamantly denied any wrong doing or knowledge thereof.