November 9th, 2008
02:02 PM ET
2 years ago

Source: Obama wants Valerie Jarrett to replace him in Senate

Valerie Jarrett is one of Barack Obama's closest advisers.
Valerie Jarrett is one of Barack Obama's closest advisers.

(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.

soundoff (202 Responses)
  1. proud voter

    for the person who brought up obama's picks being all white.... first of all, Jarrett is black and second of all, as long as he is picking the BEST people for the job who cares what color they are.

    November 9, 2008 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. L Kite

    The position in the Governors to make. However, Jarrett would be an excellent pick. Obama should pick Tammy Duckworth to run the VA.

    November 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  3. Tiff of lithia springs

    To Mark Kaplan,

    You better believe there is not Ivy league in the mix. As a matter a fact the way Palin pieced her education together it's just plan scary.

    HEAVEN HELP US. NO MORE DUMMIES IN THESE POLITICAL OFFICES.

    November 9, 2008 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  4. joe

    Why not consider someone with elected talent from DOWN STATE!
    Glen Poshard

    November 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  5. Jaibones

    Obamaman,

    You know what's funny, nitwit? We have a constitution. And until your lying socialist buddy Obama ruins it, it says that the Governor of the state appoints the Senator's replacement.

    You know what else is funny, nitwit? The founders apparently never imagined that there could be so many corrupt politicians elected in one place at one time. Otherwise we couldn't have Chicago – where a Senator under investigation by the U.S. Attorney could get elected President, and have the authority to fire the U.S. Attorney, and his buddy the Governor, under investigation by the same U.S. Attorney, gets to name the Senator's replacement in the Senate, and that new Senator and the existing Senator – their buddy – get to torpedo any new U.S. Attorney named by the crook Governor.

    lllinois – and you thought Nigeria was corrupt.

    November 9, 2008 05:48 pm at 5:48 pm |
  6. JJ

    And what should Obama do, pick someone he does not know at all? Then he'd be accused of being a "politician."

    November 9, 2008 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  7. SUE

    You mean ruffle some feathers, Hillary is waiting on Falin Palin. She will give her the geography of the senate, yeah she will send her out the back door. Or better yet, send her to a special meeting of all new senators on the capitol mall by the wash monument. She would probably wait all day unless of course Sarkozy shows up. Then gosh darnit, she would be in heaven. I would also prefer Jesse Jackson Jr replace Obama, but that would leave an empty seat in congress. Perhaps Valerie Jarrat would be better suited in congress to get her start

    November 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  8. Opkem

    Obama said it was the governor's job to pick a replacement for the senate seat. That has not changed. People should stop getting overly excited. He is within his right to suggest a replacement but ultimately the governor chooses.

    November 9, 2008 05:54 pm at 5:54 pm |
  9. Wendy in NC

    Actually, if you know anything at all about this woman, you'd know she would be a great Senator from Illinois. Yes, it is up to the Governor, but if she is chosen it would be a good pick.

    November 9, 2008 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  10. Mike, Vancouver

    To all of you nay sayers and haters.

    Turn yourself around and walk forward or be left behind in your self pity.

    Don't you get it, the REPUBLICAN PARTY had their butt kicked all the way to Europe and you still cannot see it.

    Wake up, do something positive, you might like it and be happy about it. Try to make a friend of someone you don't agree with.

    Hate is like a cancer, it spreads until the host dies.

    Get over it, and be reminded that change does not happen without an emotional response.

    Don't harbour your anger, it will eat at you...........

    November 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  11. nova mama

    There's nothing wrong with getting CONSIDERATION for the job based on a personal relationship. That's probably how half the people commenting here got their jobs. The bottom line is the final selection of a competent and qualified candidate. Jarrett seems like she fits that bill perfectly.

    November 9, 2008 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  12. Sara

    Um...I thought the governor of the Senator's state replaces outgoing Senators. Am I missing something?

    November 9, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. IKHIDE (England)

    FOR GOD SAKE, LET THESE ANTI-OBAMAS LIVE HIM ALONE. THE PRE-ELECT HAS NOT BEEN SWORN IN BUT THEY'VE STARTED JUDGING HIM ALREADY.
    LOOK, YOU CAN TAKE IT OR LIVE IT.THE YOUGMAN HAS BOTH COMMON AND BOOK SENSE TO CHOOSE WHOSEVER THAT CAN MAKE HIS ADMIN EFFECTIVE.
    WE LOVE U MR PRESIDENT ELECT.GOD WILL B WITH U ALWAYS

    November 9, 2008 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  14. Brandon

    CLEARLY OBAMA WANTS JESSIE JACKSON JR AS PART OF HIS ADMINISTRATION....SEE THE BIGGER PICTURE...THOSE WHO ARE CRYING OUT THAT HE ISN'T CHOOSING ANY BLACKS....LOOK DEEEEEPER!!!

    November 9, 2008 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. NoahNox

    dumb Reps fall in line or move to Alaska. Obama won a landslide and a broad mandate because he has the right, progressive vision for the country and the world. All you old school thinkers (Fox idiots, Weekly Standard, National Review losers) go crawl back under a hole.

    November 9, 2008 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  16. Fallon

    Personally, I like Tammy Duckworth. She is currently the Director of the Illinois Department of Veteran's Affairs.

    November 9, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  17. Granny3

    Gosh! You mean Republicans are questioning a choice "possibly" made by our new President? And everyone is bashing them for it? Well, get a taste of the last eight years, folks. Our current President has been called every name in the book, any achievements were overlooked, and everything wrong in the world blamed on him.
    That's the way American politics work nowadays, I guess. It's just your turn. Not much fun, is it?

    November 9, 2008 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  18. kelly WI

    Boy, there sure are a lot of naive people out there. You must realize, all the "deals" are made in the back room. They are made before we ever hear about it. The gov. will appoint who ever Obama wants. Then its pay back time.

    Obama hasn't named his cabinet yet. Obama has to fill it with people who know how gov. works and the players with experience.

    Junior Senators don't have much power. They are mostly "yes" men/women.

    November 9, 2008 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  19. Robert Lee

    If the Republicans are really the patriots that they profess to be, they will help the President elect in this time. The reason they lost in the first place is because we Democrats joined each other in a well organized campaign toward a common goal, electing the smarter choice.

    November 9, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  20. Carole

    She seems like a cool lady. Smart, with a good head on her shoulders.

    November 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  21. PD

    I notice the article says nothing about actual qualifications (in the sense of "accomplishments") other than that Jarrett knows Obama.

    "Dear friend." "Valuable ally." So what?

    November 9, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  22. BM

    Valerie Jarett is a very smart woman and I'm sure she will fit into whatever position she is given.
    Maybe she can be Palin's tutor.

    November 9, 2008 06:24 pm at 6:24 pm |
  23. Perusing-through

    NO CRONISM HERE, , , JARRETT IS MORE THAN QUALIFIED TO TAKE OBAMA'S SENATORIAL SEAT.

    Read Valerie Jarrett's resume. It is impressive. Got her undergraduate at Stanford and Advance J.D. at Univ. of Michigan. She is a lawyer, business woman, civic leader, and President & CEO of 'The Habitat Company'. A member of several boards to include the 'Chicago Stock Exchange' and President-Elect Obama's Senior Advisor ever since Michelle introduced her fiancé Obama to Ms. Jarrett.

    Valerie Jarrett and Barack Obama have identical visions for America and they are both immensely talented.

    November 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  24. white over 65 Republican for Obama

    Valerie Jarrett is far too talented to become a senator. I'd like to see her run for president after Barack,

    November 9, 2008 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  25. BM

    My mistake! Palin is not worthy of being in Jarett's company.

    November 9, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
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