Spokesman: Senate Leader Reid called Ill gov about Obama's vacant Senate Seat
Jan 3 2009 5:25PM
Spokesman: Senate Leader Reid called Ill gov about Obama's vacant seat
CHICAGO (AP) Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (blah-GOY'-uh-vich) is complaining through his spokesman that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has a conflict of interest regarding the state's U.S.
Lucio Guerrero says that Reid telephoned the governor in early December to discuss the seat being vacated by President-elect Barack Obama.
He says he did not know firsthand which candidates the Nevada Democrat supported during the call, but says he knows Reid's candidates didn't include Roland Burris, the man the governor recently picked for Obama's seat.
Guerrero says he thinks the governor believes that Reid showed "he has a horse in the race and Roland Burris wasn't one of them." Reid spokesman Jim Manley says the claim that Reid has a conflict of interest regarding Burris was "absolutely ridiculous."