John Cornyn, the incoming Senate Republican campaign chairman, wants Democrats and labor union officials to detail any contact they've had with indicted Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.
The charges laid out by federal prosecutors Tuesday include allegations that Blagojevich sought special favors in exchange for an appointment to Barack Obama's now-vacant Senate seat. And since the election, a slew of Democrats and interest groups have lobbied the governor for their preferred pick.
Now Cornyn is seeking to capitalize on that lobbying effort, asking all Democrats who have had contact with the disgraced governor to detail their discussions.
"The serious allegations laid out by federal prosecutors today raise more questions than answers surrounding those who have been seeking this Senate seat, as well as those working to keep it under Democratic control," Cornyn said in a statement.
He added: "Every Democratic and labor union official, whether in Illinois or in their national organizations, who has spoken with the governor or his aides about this U.S. Senate seat should step forward and immediately make public the full details of those conversations and meetings. The stain of corruption needs to be lifted from this selection process and the public trust restored."