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  J.B. Pritzker at center of new campaign firestorm for remarks during phone call with Blagojevich
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News DateTuesday, February 6, 2018 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionDemocratic gubernatorial candidate J.B. Pritzker finds himself in the center of a new firestorm in the race for Illinois governor. It stems from newly published FBI wiretaps where he and convicted former Governor Rod Blagojevich are heard making disparaging remarks about African Americans while talking about filling the Senate seat vacated by Barack Obama.

According to the audio published by the Chicago Tribune, Pritzker suggests to Blagojevich that he consider appointing Secretary of State Jesse White to the position.

"Even though I know you guys aren't like, you know, bosom buddies or anything, it covers you on the African-American thing," Pritzker is heard saying.

"Correct," Blagojevich replies.

Referring to White, Pritzker continues: "He's totally, you know, uh, he's Senate material in a way that Emil Jones isn't, if I may say," Pritzker says, referring to former Illinois Senate President Emil Jones Jr.

"OK," Blagojevich says.

"I mean, you know. He's just, I don't know how to say it exactly, but Emil's a little more crass," Pritzker continued.

Pritzker noted how he didn't want to see Jesse Jackson Jr. get the senate seat. He then adds: "But if you're forced to put an African-American in the spot, which my guess is, you're not forced to do anything, but my guess is a lot of pressure to do it, of all the African-Americans I can think that are sort of like qualified and vetted and people will say, 'Oh, that's, you know, that's, that's a pretty good pick,' the one that's least offensive and maybe gets you the most because it gets you that secretary of state appointment is Jesse White," Pritzker says to Blagojevich.
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