"Rep. Schakowsky: I must not have been a serious Senate contender because Blago ‘didn’t ask me for anything.’"
Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell this afternoon that she had spoken to Gov. Rod Blagojevich to ask if she was under consideration for President-elect Obama’s vacated Senate seat. She said that the governor didn’t ask her for anything, so she “must have been out of the running”:
SCHAKOWSKY: On Nov. 18 I had a phone conversation with the governor. Probably all of it is on tape. I thought at the time that I was a serious contender but I realize now that I probably wasn’t because he didn’t ask me for anything. So I must have been out of the running.
Asked about “Senate Candidate 5,” identified as Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. (D-IL), Schakowsky reminded viewers “we’ve only seen one side of the conversation.” “I would be very surprised if Rep. Jackson did anything wrong,” she said.