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SEIU Was Obama Go Between With Blago

From the Republican National Committee:

(Democrats) Obama Induces Labor

Did The Obama Campaign Use The SEIU To Keep Blagojevich At Arms Length?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the Republican National Committee:

The Service Employees International Union Acted As The Intermediary Between Blagojevich And The Obama Camp:

An SEIU Official Acted As “An Apparent Intermediary Between The Governor And Barack Obama’s Camp.” “Among the revelations contained in the complaint brought against Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich yesterday was the description of an official with the Service Employees International Union acting as an apparent intermediary between the governor and Barack Obama’s camp in discussions over Obama’s Senate seat.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

Negotiations Were Underway To Appoint Obama’s Close Confidante Valerie Jarrett To His Vacant Senate Seat. “Blagojevich and his chief of staff wondered aloud about a ‘three-way deal’ in which he would appoint Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett, a Chicago businesswoman believed to be the woman identified in the complaint as ‘Candidate 1,’ to Obama’s Senate seat…” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

Blagojevich Believed That The SEIU Official Was An Emissary From Obama To Discuss Jarrett For The Senate Seat. “The complaint also states that on Nov. 12, Blagojevich spoke by phone with an “SEIU official” who was in Washington and with whom Blagojevich had met a week before on the understanding that the official was an emissary to discuss Jarrett’s interest in the Senate seat.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

The SEIU Has Become A Powerful Force In Democratic Politics And Hopes To Play A Major Role In The Obama Administration:

Labor Has Become So Strong That A Sitting Governor Was Willing To Trade A U.S. Senate Seat For A Position As Executive Director Of A Labor Coalition. “[B]lagojevich in return would become Change to Win’s executive director; and Obama would reward Change to Win with pro-labor policies.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

SEIU Has Become “An Omnipresent Force In Democratic Politics.” “But on another level, the SEIU’s apparent involvement is an indication of the extent to which it has, under the leadership of its ambitious and controversial president, Andrew L. Stern, become an omnipresent force in Democratic politics.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

Organized Labor Has “High Expectations For The Obama Administration.” “With organized labor holding such high expectations for the Obama administration — notably, hopes for legislation fiercely opposed by business leaders that would make it easier to form unions — officials of other unions were hoping yesterday that the SEIU’s apparent involvement in the Illinois scandal would not undermine their cause in Washington.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

Obama Picked A Former SEIU Official To Be His Political Director And Has Close Ties to SEIU Officials In Illinois:

“A Former SEIU Official, Patrick Gaspard, Was Named Obama’s Political Director.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

In 2004, Patrick Gaspard Served As National Field Director For 527 Organization America Coming Together. “The Kerry effort will be aided by America Coming Together, an independent group working to get out the Democratic vote. The group plans to stage marches before Election Day to polling stations that open early in key states to put ‘peer and community pressure’ on low-propensity voters, said Patrick Gaspard, the group’s national field director.” (Jo Becker, “Voters May Have Their Say Before Election Day,” The Washington Post, 8/26/04)

The SEIU Helped To Coordinate America Coming Together, With SEIU Members And Staff Doing Much Of The Management Of The GOTV Effort. “Despite Stern’s criticism of labor’s relationship with the Democratic Party, he does understand the importance of political work. Last fall, SEIU generously lent its clout, helping to coordinate America Coming Together and America Votes, an alliance of Democratic interest groups that included the Sierra Club, the League of Conservation Voters and women’s organizations. Much of the management of this joint get-out-the-vote effort was done by SEIU members and staff (like me) in a massive union campaign effort without recent precedent.” (Clayton Nall, “Gompers’s Ghost And Labor’s New Look,” The Washington Post, 9/4/05)

Tom Balanoff, Head Of SEIU In Illinois, Is Obama’s Closest Tie To SEIU. “But the SEIU official with the closest ties to the Obama team is Tom Balanoff, head of SEIU’s Illinois chapter.” (Alec MacGillis, “Union Official Allegedly Liaison Between Governor, Obama Team,” The Washington Post, 12/10/08)

The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Endorsed Barack Obama’s Presidential Campaign :

“Sen. Barack Obama Won The Support … Of The 1.9-Million Member Service Employees International Union…” (Jesse J. Holland, “SEIU Endorses Obama,” The Associated Press, 2/15/08)

“SEIU Will Mobilize Thousands To Go Door-To-Door, Work The Phones, And Will Send Mail About Their Support For Obama.” “SEIU members are supporting Obama with an aggressive political effort. With more than 150,000 members in the upcoming primary states, including Wisconsin, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Texas, SEIU will mobilize thousands to go door-to-door, work the phones, and will send mail about their support for Obama. SEIU also will have a substantial presence on television and radio in every critical state.” (Service Employees International Union, “SEIU Members Endorse Sen. Barack Obama,” Press Release, 2/15/08)

Big surprise, huh?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

4 Responses to “SEIU Was Obama Go Between With Blago”

  1. proreason

    If McCain controlled the RNC, we would never see this.

    But of course, this will never be reported by the MSM. It’s conjecture, and real “journalists” only report “facts”.

  2. curvyred

    That certainly explains why Valerie pulled out real quick.

    BREAKING NEWS: BARRY HAS MANAGED TO “AVOID THE STAIN OF CHICAGO CORRUPTION” brought to you by the purveyors of half-truths at AP:
    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/200.....politics_2

  3. 4USA

    The real crime is how fast they made an arrest and, in effect, notified all the thugs that they were under surveillance. Had they waited long enough, Obama or others, may have further implicated themselves in the scandal. The truth of the matter may be that the investigators knew this was getting too close to the top to let it continue. Pitiful. Just pitiful.

  4. proreason

    4USA

    You are on to something there. I don’t think this prosecutor is apolitical at all. He’s the guy who stretched out the Scooter Libby thing to maximize the pain to the Bush administration for years.

    This one’s happening a little differently, eh?

    Worst case, they get it all over with before the inauguration, after which the euphoria of Obamy being in charge will sweep it out of the papers.




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