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When Alexi Reached Out to Blago



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I realize Mark Kirk has suffered a great deal of self-inflicted damage in his bid for Senate in Illinois, but if you can’t beat a Democrat who called Rod Blagojevich’s chief of staff about that appointment to that Senate seat, you can’t beat anybody.

In the same call, Harris is overheard talking about getting a message from Illinois state Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias.

“So Alexi called me. He wanted to have a discussion about the Senate seat,” John Harris is heard telling Blagojevich. “I imagine he’ll tell me . . . Barack wants Valerie.”

Blagojevich: “Listen to me, don’t see him today. Just . . . let’s run the clock now.”


Tags: Alexi Giannoulias , Mark Kirk , Rod Blagojevich


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