Rahm Emanuel Wanted Claypool to Keep His Seat Warm: Sources

Claypool told the Sun-Times he knew of no such plan.

By Steve Bryant
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 2:30 PM CDT
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Rahm Emanuel wanted then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool to his 5th Congressional District seat -- with the understanding he'd only serve one or two terms, giving Emanuel the option of reclaiming the seat, sources told the Sun-Times.

You might say Rahm Emanuel's got Clay, um, "seat."

The President's Chief of Staff wanted then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich to appoint Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool to his 5th Congressional District seat -- with the understanding he'd only serve one or two terms, giving Emanuel the option of reclaiming the seat, sources told the Sun-Times.

After his two terms, Claypool would have been considered for a position in Obama's cabinet.

Claypool told the Sun-Times he knew of no such plan.

"That is insanity," Claypool said. "Never happened. Never would. Never discussed. Insanity. False."

Emanuel and the White House declined to comment.

The alleged proposition would mean Emanuel contemplated offering a Cabinet post in exchange for personal benefit -- basically, the same charges that caused Blago to be thrown from office.

Read the full story from the Sun-Times.

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