And rightfully so, though it would have been nice to see Obama do this yesterday instead of basically punting with that “I won’t comment on an on-going investigation” nonsense.
President-elect Barack Obama called for Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich to resign on Wednesday, hours after the embattled governor reported for work amid charges he plotted to sell Obama’s vacant Senate seat.
Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president-elect agrees with other prominent politicians in Illinois and elsewhere that “under the current circumstances, it is difficult for the governor to effectively do his job and serve the people of Illinois.”
The only part of this scandal that’s still a worry for Obama is whether or not his people reported Blago’s attempts to sell the Senate seat in a timely fashion to federal authorities. We know Blago was talking to someone in Obama’s camp about some quid pro quo for the appointment. As far as we know right now Obama’s people turned Blago don’t.
What we don’t know is if Obama turned Blago down because they couldn’t come to an arrangement, which would still have Obama in hot water.
What we also don’t know is if Obama’s people reported Blago to federal authorities. If they didn’t, they’re basically complicit in a cover up.