Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s book is due out soon and according to this report alleges that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel was working on a deal of his own regarding a seat in Congress.
Ousted Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich says in a new book that White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel wanted his help in arranging to leave the Obama administration after two years to reclaim his seat in Congress.
Blagojevich writes in “The Governor” that Emanuel spoke with him about whether it was possible to appoint a “placeholder” to the congressional seat Emanuel was giving up so that he could win back the seat in 2010 and continue his efforts to become House speaker someday.
Blagojevich says Emanuel was interested in his own career because he had to give up his congressional seat to work in the Obama White House. Blagojevich writes that Emanuel dreamed of being speaker of the U.S. House and wanted to know if Blagojevich would work with him to name a successor to “hold” his seat until he wanted it back.
Blagojevich says he told Emanuel he didn’t think he could do that and the House vacancy would have to be filled by special election. But Emanuel reportedly told him “his lawyers thought there was a way.”