Rod Blagojevich's Former Deputy Gov. Testifies That Blagojevich Shookdown Rahm Emanuel
You need to get your client under control.”— Bradley Tusk, to Rod Blagojevich's counsel
After lawyers finished their questioning of the head of a Chicago school who described how grant money was promised to his facility and then held back, prosecutors called a witness to testify about what that process looked like from inside then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s office.
Former Deputy Gov. Bradley Tusk, now a political consultant in New York who has been a special assistant to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, recounted his duties under Blagojevich. He said he often was in strategy meetings with the governor’s leadership team, which included fundraisers Christopher Kelly and Antoin “Tony” Rezko.
“They had no formal role,” Tusk said of the pair.
Bradley Tusk, a onetime aide to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is testifying about an alleged shakedown scheme contained in the government's indictment.
Tusk said while he was deputy governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich told him he wanted a message delivered to then-U.S. Rep. Rahm Emanuel: A $2 million grant for the Chicago Academy, a school in Emanuel's district, was on hold unless his brother, Hollywood agent Ari Emanuel, held a fund-raiser.
Ari is the inspiration for the "Entourage" characte, Ari Gold.