"As sons of immigrants to this country, you and I have a deep appreciation for the opportunities America provides to those who are willing to work hard and sacrifice for their children," Emanuel wrote.
The Chicago Tribune describes the letter as "surprisingly personal," considering Emanuel's boss has called for Blagojevich's resignation. The Chicago Sun-Times elaborates on Blagojevich and Emanuel's immigrant roots: "Blagojevich's father came to the United States from Serbia. Emanuel's father is an Israeli immigrant."
According to President-elect Obama's internal investigation of his staff's ties to Gov. Blagojevich, Emanuel spoke to the governor about the open Illinois Senate seat and relayed the names of some preferred candidates. However, there was no "suggestion that the Governor expected a personal benefit in return for making this appointment to the Senate."