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LaHood Confirms: Rahm's a Foul Mouth Crank



    FILE - In this Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2011 file photo, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood speaks about the Toyota recalls at the Transportation Department in Washington. A 2008 law calls for new manufacturing requirements to improve the visibility behind passenger vehicles to help prevent fatal backing crashes, which the government estimates kill some 228 people every year _ 110 of them children age 10 and under - and injures another 17,000. But almost five years later, the standards have yet to be mandated because of delays by the U.S. Department of Transportation, which faced a Feb. 28, 2011, deadline to issue the new guidelines for car manufacturers. LaHood has pushed back that deadline three times - promising in February that the rules would be issued by year�s end. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

    Former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood no longer works for the Obama administration.

    Perhaps that’s why he’s more candid about his time there, especially his dealings with a notorioulsy cranky and foul-mouthed power player. .   

    LaHood tells Politico.com that he told the former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel “go to hell” about once a week.   

    "When he told me to ... , I would tell him to go to hell" LaHood said during a panel event around the launch of Politico magazine

    You'll have to use your imagination as to what choice words Emanuel used to get the conversation started. LaHood won't share. 

    "In polite compnay, we don’t say what Rahm actually said.”

    Hearing that Emanuel uses colorful language and has tendencies of a bully is no surprise to Chicagoans who have gotten to know him as their mayor. Just ask the Chicago Teachers Union