Who is Blagojevich's Illinois Senate Candidate 5?

It is starting to look like Jesse Jackson, Jr. is the one labeled Senate Candidate 5 in the Blago complaint. In reading the complaint (really just stunning stuff), I came to the tentative opinion that Jesse Jackson, Jr., was the guy. Jackson had met with Blago for “productive” conversations and the time frame for meetings with Jackson seemed to fit the Blago phone calls.
Looking around, it appears others are coming to the same opinion. Here is a Chicago paper putting the pieces together.

Meeting with Candidate 5
On Thursday, the governor was taped by investigators saying that he was going to meet with Candidate 5 in the next few days, according to the affidavit. Jackson met with Blagojevich Monday at the Thompson Center in Chicago for about 90 minutes to discuss the Senate seat. In a statement, Jackson said he “shared with the governor my hopes and unique qualifications for succeeding President-elect Barack Obama in the U.S. Senate.”
Also on Thursday, Blagojevich said in a taped phone call that he was considering appointing Candidate 5 because he believed the candidate would raise money for the governor or give him money “up front,” according to the affidavit.
On Oct. 31, Blagojevich reportedly said on another recorded call that he had been approached by an associate of Candidate 5. Blagojevich said, “We were approached ‘pay to play.’ That, you know, he’d raise me 500 grand. An emissary came. Then the other guy would raise a million, if I made him (Senate Candidate 5) a senator.”
But Blagojevich apparently wanted proof of the candidate’s ability to raise money for him sooner rather than later, saying he had “a prior bad experience with Senate Candidate 5 not keeping his word,” the affidavit says.
“Some of this stuff’s gotta start happening now — right now — and we gotta see it,” Blagojevich allegedly said.
On Friday, the affidavit states, a story in the Chicago Tribune reported that authorities had been taping Blagojevich. This caused the governor to tell an associate to backtrack and “undo your — thing” with the individual he believed was close to Candidate 5, the affidavit states.

For his part, Jackson is denying any wrongdoing:

Federal prosecutors say someone approached Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Candidate 5’s behalf and offered to trade campaign contributions for an appointment to the Senate.
Jackson (D-2nd), in a pair of written statements addressing what he described as “rumors” that he is referenced in the government’s complaint, declined to address the question but protested his innocence and said he would cooperate “fully and completely” with federal investigators as they continue to examine the governor’s alleged efforts to auction off the state’s vacant Senate seat to the highest bidder.
“Since the federal investigation of the governor is ongoing, it would be inappropriate for me to comment,” Jackson said. “However, I reject and denounce pay-to-play politics and have no involvement whatsoever in any wrongdoing.”

Jackson, Jr., was lobbying for the Senate seat before the election was over. Here is an interesting point:

Illinois political insiders, who declined to discuss the subject on the record for fear of appearing presumptuous before the results of the presidential race are known, say Obama would have a major hand in the decision.

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  1. Looks like this just keeps gettin better and better, don’t it? Here’s the latest I have seen thus far…………

    The FBI says it taped Blagojevich complaining that Obama advisers were telling him that he had to “suck it up . . . and give this mother—-er [the President-elect]] his senator. F— him. For nothing? F— him.”

    I find it extremely interesting and entertaining that Obama is falling back on his “I didn’t know nothing” excuse….however, there are some interesting things coming out in this investigation that would be awful hard for Obama to deny, since they are on FBI tapes.

    Fitzgerald stated Tuesday that “there is no allegation in the complaint that the president-elect was aware of it and that is all I can say,” according to ABCNews.com.
    The 76-page criminal complaint refers to the president-elect and his representatives at least 40 times, however.

    Yep….looks like Obama bought the Presidency and now is trying to fill his Senate seat the “easy way”…looks like EVERYTHING is for sale is Washington these days!

    During the call, Blagojevich indicated that he would appoint a person the complaint identifies only as “Senate Candidate 1” — presumably a candidate preferred by the Obama administration — in return for Blagojevich being appointed Secretary of Health and Human Services by Obama.

    Dang…..this guy (Obama) has no problem at all saying he will do this for that, does he? What a guy!

    Also discussed during that conference call was a “three-way deal” between the SEIU union, Blagojevich, and Obama. The deal was that Blagojevich would appoint Obama’s preferred candidate, and in return Obama would help Blagojevich win the SEIU appointment to head an organization called “Change to Win.”

    Maybe this is what made Blagojevich so angry…ya reckon? He found out Obama LIED to him….now ain’t THAT a surprise?

    Three days later, the indictment said, Blagojevich told Harris it was unlikely that Obama would name him Secretary of Health and Human Services, or appoint him to be an ambassador, due to the investigation looming over him.

    Awwww…poor baby….you don’t mean to tell me you really actually believed anything Obama ever promised you, do you? LOL

    The complaint states that Adviser B and another consultant are believed to have participated in a call during which Blagojevich said they were telling him to “suck it up” for two years, and give this “motherf—er [the President-elect] his senator. F— him. For nothing? F— him.”
    Next, states the complaint, Blagojevich says he would appoint another candidate, Senate Candidate 4, “before I just give f—ing [Senate Candidate 1] a f—ing Senate seat and I don’t get anything.”

    Typical Obama….Typical!!!!!

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