RNC links Obama and Blagojevich in Web Video

Dec 14, 2008 10:37am

From Matt Jaffe and Sunlen Miller:

It’s been three days since President-elect Barack Obama said at a press conference that "in the next few days" he would share the facts of what contacts his staff had with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, who was arrested last Tuesday and charged with attempting to sell Obama’s vacant U.S. Senate seat.

It seems Republicans are getting impatient.

Today the Republican National Committee released a video highlighting links between Obama and Blagojevich.

The two-minute web video, called "Questions Remain", urges Obama to disclose more information about contacts between his aides and Blagojevich.

It also references contacts between Obama’s incoming Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and the governor.

The RNC said the video "highlights the evolving explanations delivered by President-elect Obama and his advisors concerning their contact with the embattled and scandal-plagued Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich despite Obama’s promises to instill greater transparency and confidence in government."

At a press conference in Chicago on Thursday, the President-elect promised forthcoming information, "I had no contact with the governor’s office. I did not speak to the governor about these issues. That I know for certain. What I want to do is to gather all the facts about any staff contacts that I might — may have — that may have taken place between the transition office and the governor’s office. And we’ll have those in the next few days, and we’ll present them. But what I’m absolutely certain about is that our office had no involvement in any deal-making around my Senate seat. That I’m absolutely certain of."

The Obama Transition Team did not reply to questions about the RNC’s video when asked.

Also this weekend, the Illinois GOP started a website – FriendsofBlago.com – to link a dozen different state Democrats to Blagojevich.

In a not-so-subtle dig at the President-elect, the Republicans’ website rips off Obama’s "change" mantra, asking visitors to "Join the fight – Bring change to Illinois."

- Matt Jaffe and Sunlen Miller

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