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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Is Blago blowback the reason why SEIU's Andy Stern resigned?

Geez!  The never-ending story of fallen-from-grace governor Rod Blagojevich seems to be...well...never-ending.

You may recall, Blago was the Illinois governor who allegedly was trying to sell the Senate seat of president-elect Obama in 2008.

Well, lo and behold, Blago's defense attorneys subpoenaed the President today and, according to this, there could some blowback on retiring SEIU boss Andy Stern.
Today in United States v. Rod Blagojevich: following up on his 2008 claims that then-Senator Barack Obama was one of a few people who could testify to his innocence, his defense team issued a motion today to subpoena the President to testify in court. Most of the juiciest bits involving Obama’s role in choosing a new Senator are blacked out, or so we thought. It turns a lucky PDF glitch gave us VIP access. Who wouldn’t want to see the blacked out part? Let’s investigate!

Most of the non-blacked out portions of the motion are predictably tame general knowledge: the seat in dispute belonged to the President; the FBI did speak with the President about this case at some point in time. A “labor union official” close to the President (who may be SEIU President Andy Stern) is said to contradict public statements on the case by Obama directly.

At this point, it's all speculative.  However, since Andy Stern has been the lubricant to Barack Obama's piston and, as long as there those who still question the 'real reason' Andy Stern's exiting the union he built so abruptly, this is as good a theory as any.

For now, though, we'll throw this one into the 'grassy knoll' category.
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