(Update: Two Democratic sources told CNN Monday that Obama wants Jarrett to serve in the White House, not the Senate.)
(CNN) - A prominent Democratic source close to Barack Obama confirmed Sunday that Valerie Jarrett is Obama’s choice to replace him in the Senate.
Jarrett is a Chicago lawyer and one of Obama’s closest advisers. She is also one of the leaders of Obama’s transition team.
Rep. Rahm Emanuel, the incoming chief of staff, said Sunday that he had not seen the report from Chicago’s WLS-TV that named Jarrett as Obama’s top pick, but he praised her as a “valuable ally.”
“People should know that Valerie Jarrett is - and people do know - she is a very dear friend of the president-elect and a valuable ally of his, not only prior to running for president, in his Senate life, and just personally for Michelle and Barack,” Emanuel said on ABC’s “This Week.”
The Illinois governor, Rod Blagojevich, will make the final decision on who will be Obama’s successor.
My kneejerk was that the best person for the job should get it. But then I thought about the affirmative action aspect and it doesn't seem unreasonable to find the best African American for the job. Of the 100-member Senate, President-Elect Obama was the ONLY current African-American member (and only the 5th ever). If he's fully qualified, I think Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr. (Illinois 2nd district, and a 13-year member of the House of Representatives) would be a fitting replacement...
It appears that many of you suggest that his senate position should go to a republicn so at to be a partisian choice or perhaps an enemy of his. I don't care what color she is or if she is a friend of his or not. My only issue is is that she's smarter than Palin.