SEIU leader Tom Balanoff testifying at former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich's corruption trial on Tuesday, said Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias, (now the Illinois Democratic Senate nominee) a friend of then President-Elect Barack Obama, raised himself as a possibility to be tapped for the newly vacant Obama senate seat.
The conversation came on Nov. 24, 2008, after Valerie Jarrett removed herself from contention for the slot, instead taking a job as a senior White House advisor.
As reported in the Chicago Sun-Times Blago Blog, Balanoff testified that Blagojevich bristled.
"That mother f-----, I wouldn't do s--- for him. Every chance he got he took a shot at me," Blagojevich said, according to Balanoff.
I asked the Giannoulias Senate campaign for a reaction and spokesman Matt McGrath said in a statement, "As he has discussed openly, and which was confirmed by today's testimony, Alexi was a strong advocate for Valerie Jarrett's appointment to the vacant Senate seat. When Valerie signaled she was no longer a candidate, Alexi half-jokingly raised the idea with his friend Tom Balanoff of being appointed himself, never expecting for the request to be passed along to the former governor. The former governor's response - an expletive-laced tirade - says all you need to know about the seriousness of this idea and the relationship between the two of them."