Oh, Lord, the shit done hit the fan.
USNews.com: Emanuel "Dispatched" To Discuss Senate Seat | Political Bulletin: Monday, December 15, 2008
With unanswered questions fueling speculation about the extent of President-elect Obama's transition team's contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich regarding his vacant Senate seat, new details emerged about the controversy. The Wall Street Journal reports that Obama "had begun thinking about his Senate successor even before the presidential election, and dispatched Rahm Emanuel days after the vote to contact" Bagojevich aides "to begin talking up Mr. Obama's preferred candidates, associates of Mr. Emanuel said this weekend." Emanuel "didn't talk to Mr. Blagojevich directly about the matter, by phone or in person, according to people familiar with the matter. He spoke by phone with aides to the governor, those people say."
In a radio interview with Chicago's WGN-AM, incoming White House press secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about the allegations that Emanuel is "actually on some of these secretly recorded tapes talking about the vacant Obama seat to Blagojevich officials." Gibbs replied, "I think I'll wait until we have a full picture and we can tell everybody what any staff investigation has found out and do it in a timely and thorough way as the President-Elect expects us to do."