It was reported in the Chicago Trib, yesterday that John Harris, chief of staff to former IL Gov. Rod Blagojevich is singing to federal prosecuters:
John Harris, the last chief of staff to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich, pleaded guilty today to a single count of wire fraud in federal court — and agreed to cooperate in the federal probe against his former boss in return for a recommended prison term of just under 3 years.
Harris was accused of aiding some of the former governor’s efforts to leverage the powers of his office in exchange for favors and campaign contributions. Among the accusations against Blagojevich is that he attempted to sell the U.S. Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama.
Here’s where the SEIU comes in:
In reading a summary of Harris’ plea agreement, (Assistant U.S. Atty. Carrie) Hamilton alleged that Blagojevich met with an official from the Service Employees International Union — a person he understood to be an emissary working on behalf of Obama — hoping to get something for himself in exchange for appointing the right candidate to fill the Senate seat.
Blagojevich was hopeful that by naming a person identified only as “Senate Candidate B” — previously disclosed to be Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett — he could secure an appointment to become secretary of the U.S. Department Health and Human Services, according to the plea agreement.
Blagojevich also was interested in a possible job at a private foundation in exchange for naming Jarrett and asked Harris to look into it.
Obama has “emissaries from the SEIU”? Involved in pay to play schemes with corrupt governors?
You might remember a couple of weeks ago, the article in the LA Times, Obama’s Curiously Close Labor Friendship, signaling an increasing awareness in the media that something is not quite right about Obama’s relationship with the SEIU.