Yesterday, President-elect Obama denied discussing with Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D-IL) who should fill his recently-vacated U.S. Senate seat. However, bloggers quickly noted two different news accounts suggesting that Obama had recently met or spoken with Blagojevich regarding his successor. Yet in a joint interview with the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune today, Obama again denied any contact with Blagojevich regarding his seat:
Q: Have you ever spoken to Gov. Blagojevich about the Senate seat?
OBAMA: I have not discussed the Senate seat with the governor at any time. My strong belief is that it needed to be filled by somebody who is going to represent the people of Illinois and fight for them. And beyond that, I was focused on the transition.
Yesterday, Obama senior adviser David Axelrod said he was “mistaken” when he recently suggested that the President-elect had met with Blagojevich to discuss the open seat.