Emanuel, who has long been close to both Blagojevich and Obama, has refused to respond to questions about any involvement he may have had with the Blagojevich camp over the Senate pick. A spokeswoman for Emanuel also declined to comment Friday.
An important point made in the story is the fact that Emanuel, although working for Obama's transition team, has yet to resign his House seat. Emanuel currently holds the House seat formerly held by Blagoyevich prior to his election as governor. A special election will be held to replace Emanuel once he resigns. "The government affidavit said Blagojevich and others were recorded talking about an unnamed "president-elect adviser" concerned about the election for Emanuel's congressional seat who might help the governor land a new job at a non-profit organization," the report says. In a previous prosecution of a top-ranking Daley official, the official testified that a number of city workers were dispatched to work on Emanuel's special election race on the taxpayers' dime.