“Issues over which you should leave go to corruption or profiteering. What you have here is a guy who wanted to get the best possible representation for the kids of Chicago and was overzealous in making that happen,” Axelrod said. “Rahm, from my conversations with him, appreciates the progress the system has made in terms of dealing with its horrific financial problems and educationally on Forrest’s watch.”
Axelrod continued to show support for Claypool after Friday’s press conference. At the conference, Emanuel announced Claypool’s resignation, while also praising and even hugging him.
Axelrod’s rise has been swift. In 1984, he left a plum job as chief political writer at the Tribune to stage Paul Simon’s successful campaign to unseat Charles Percy from the U.S. Senate. Since then, he has gone on to arrange media strategy for a host of other candidates, among them Adlai Stevenson, George Dunne, Harold Washington, and, lately, a few beyond Illinois. Axelrod and his staff at Axelrod & Associates, including partner Forrest Claypool, a production manager, and a time buyer, operate out of a starkly furnished River North loft.
The ’87 Pick article is worth a read for those who don’t remember Axelrod from the old days and only know him as Obama’s guy.
Yes. Claypool and Axelrod have been in the hatchet business together for a long time.
In this case you can maybe credit Axelrod for acting out of friendship rather than a paycheck. On the other hand it has nothing to do with the facts or with what is best for the students in CPS.
Axelrol has used his professional skills to create the talking points that are being used to defend Claypool.
My friend Forrest Claypool, who resigned today as CEO of the Chicago Public Schools, is one of the finest public servants I have known. He’s led remarkable turnarounds at the city’s schools (see below) & before that at the CTA & parks. Proud of him! https://t.co/9dd4HdyZ3k
For example, here is charter advocate Peter Cunningham’s tweet saying almost exactly the same thing:
Really saddened to see my friend @ForrestClaypool resigning over a case of poor judgement. He has given his life to public service. There’s no crime or self-enrichment. Just a guy trying to do right for poor kids screwed by an unfair funding system.https://t.co/d35QfZBmjT
My brother was in the picture but I cropped him out.
Here’s the original:
What I did to my bro is what Joe Berrios is trying to do to me: Cut me out.
My signature on a Kaegi petition for tax assessor has been challenged by the Berrios campaign.
There is no question that the corrupt Joe Berrios, the current tax assessor of Cook County and Chairman of the Cook County Democratic Party, has a serious challenge on his hands.
Just yesterday Kaegi was endorsed today by Congressmen Danny Davis, Bill Foster and Congresswoman Robin Kelly.
And this is Sunday morning’s Trib front page:
A couple of weeks ago I signed a nominating petition for Fritz Kaegi while shopping at the Logan Square Farmers Market. Fritz is running against the Party Boss. We’ve had him as a guest on Hitting Left with the Klonsky Brothers.
Because my signature has been challenged I now have to go fill out a form that says I am who I am.
I will do that. No problem.
Challenging signatures is part of what we laughingly call the democratic process in Chicago elections.
Every challenger to the Machine can expect to have their nominating signatures challenged. That is why a candidate has to collect three times the minimum number of signatures.
Why my name?
Maybe they threw a dart at a list of names.
Maybe they know my voting record against the Machine. I haven’t ever missed an election at my current address for 27 years.
Maybe they think if they challenge enough signatures, even randomly, enough of those who signed won’t want to go to the trouble of signing an affidavit saying they are who they are.
But they picked the wrong guy this time.
I have never voted for a guy named Fritz before and I’m not missing the chance now.
It was tough handing over hosting duties this week what with all that is going on in the world, the country and in Chicago.
There are no two women better equipped to keep my brother and me in our place than Anne Emerson and Joanna Klonsky.
Anne is an expert on progressive legislation in the Chicago City Council.
Joanna is a leading political consultant for progressive Democratic politics in the city.
They were all about talking about Rahm and his latest baggage: CPS CEO Forrest Claypool.
Does the dirt being reported about Claypool’s hiring of a Jenner and Block attorney who then handed over CPS business to Jenner and Block in violation of CPS ethics rules rise to the level of criminality.
Both Anne and Joanna were puzzled as to how this was any different than the crimes that the previous CPS CEO, Barbara Byrd Bennett was charged with and sentenced to four years for.
The hosts then turned to my bro and me and wanted to know what the hell were we doing in 1968 anyway.
Teacher unions get blamed for a lot of things, but CPS CEO Forrest Claypool blaming the CTU for his corruption and lies is one hell of a doozy excuse.
On Tuesday Inspector General Nicholas Schuler said he was left with no other option but to tell the board of education it should fire Claypool.
That would be the unelected CPS board that was hand-picked by Rahm Emanuel.
Claypool, Rahm’s chief of staff, was hired by the board after Barbara Byrd Bennet was busted for a $20 million dollar kick-back scheme involving bogus principal training.
Schuler’s report shows that Claypool then hired a pal, a lawyer named Ronald Marmer, to be CPS general counsel from the high-powered law firm of Jenner and Block. Marmer’s only qualification for the job was that he was a pal of Rahm and Claypool.