Willie Brown let us know of Blago’s new PR offensive

It’s fascinating from the start

Igot a call from Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich the other day. The first thing I said to him was, “You know, this call is probably being taped.”

and gives us a fresh angle from Blago

I can’t go into details, but my impression is that the whole mess started because the governor had been considering appointing a political rival, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, to the Senate so she wouldn’t be able to run against him when he went up for re-election in 2010.

Apparently, Obama’s people weren’t happy about the idea of Madigan coming to Washington, and there were some pretty heated conversations between Blagojevich and Obama chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, which I understand will burn your ears off.

Considering everything we already know about the Obama-Blago ties in the pay to play system,

Obama and Blagojevich have undeniable links. Time and again, the same “pay to play” businessmen who gave Blago his pound of flesh also gave smaller donations to Barack Obama

it makes sense.

And Willie Brown’s opinion

I wouldn’t bet on him stepping aside anytime soon. If anything, his hand is getting stronger by the day.

I guess he knows a few things.