Candidate for RNC Chair Calls for PEBO to Release Blago Records

South Carolina Republican Party Chairman Katon Dawson -- who, not incidentally, is running for chair of the Republican National Committee -- today issued a statement saying that “President-elect Obama’s presidential transition team has said the American people should have a ‘seat at the table’ and pledged to expand transparency in decision-making. If President-elect Obama is serious, he should immediately release all records of discussions about the appointment of Obama’s successor that he and his transition team may have had with Governor Blagojevich or Governor Blagojevich’s office. The American people expect and deserve nothing less. When politicians like Governor Rod Blagojevich exploit the power of elected office for personal gain, they demonstrate a disregard for standards of integrity and ethical conduct. Governor Blagojevich’s actions are breathtaking in their callousness and arrogance.” The criminal complaint against Blago and his chief of staff alleges no wrong-doing by President-elect Obama or anyone close to him. But it does raise some questions. The (allegedly) corrupt Governor was sure that PEBO would NOT participate in Blago's alleged sale of PEBO's Senate seat by providing something of worth to Blago in exchange for his naming PEBO's presumably first choice for the seat, friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett. How did he know that? With whom on the Obama Team was Blago talking? How was the refusal to "pay or play" conveyed? Did that person then report Blago to the authorities? Curious. -- jpt

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