In the days following President Obama's election, his now-chief of staff Rahm Emanuel
wanted then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint a longtime ally to fill his 5th Congressional District seat. There was also discussion of a possible cabinet position. Emanuel didn't know at the time that Blagojevich didn't have authority to make the appointment.
Rahm Emanuel asked Rod Blagojevich to appoint ally to Congressional seat: Sun-Times report
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