Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters' questions
President-elect Barack Obamaís chief of staff, Rahm Emanuel, refused to take questions from reporters this morning about whether he was the Obama ďadvisorĒ named in the criminal complaint against Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The complaint states Blagojevich wanted a promise of a high-level appointment or some other reward for Blagojevich in exchange for Blagojevich naming Obamaís friend Valerie Jarrett to replace him in the U.S. Senate.Emanuel was uncharacteristically absent from Obamaís news conference this morning. He was spotted two hours later in the lobby of Chicagoís City Hall. He was there to listen to his two children performing in a concert with their school, Anshe Emet.
A Sun-Times reporter pressed him to comment about whether he was the emissary named in the criminal complaint.
ďYouíre wasting your time,Ē Emanuel said. ďIím not going to say a word to you. Iím going to do this with my children. Dont do that. Iím a father. I have two kids. Iím not going to do it.Ē
Asked, ďCanít you do both?Ē Emanuel replied, ďIím not as capable as you. Iím going to be a father. Iím allowed to be a father,Ē and he pushed the reporterís digital recorder away.
Blagojevch was caught on tape saying that he wanted the Obama advisor in question to know what Blagojevich wanted in exchange for the Jarrett appointment.
Blagojevich said, ďHe asks me for the fifth CD thing, I want it to be in his head.Ē Emanuel represents the 5th Congressional District in Illinois.
No one in the Obama campaign or administration has been charged with any wrongdoing. Obama said this morning that none of his staff has had a hand in any dealmaking on his Senate replacement.