Rahm Wanted Claypool to Fill House Seat: Report

"Knowing Rahm, I can't believe that because that's silly," Claypool said.

By Andrew Greiner
|  Friday, Sep 25, 2009  |  Updated 10:30 AM CDT
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Rahm Emanuel isn't talking about his supposed congressional deal.

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The man that Rahm Emanuel allegedly wanted to be appointed as a place holder for his vacated congressional seat was Cook County Commissioner Forrest Claypool, the Sun-Times reports.

The newspaper followed up on an assertion made in Rod Blagojevich’s book “The Governor,” and found, according to their sources, that Emanuel tried to have the Chicago pol installed in his seat while he served as the president’s chief of staff.

Under the deal, the Sun-Times reports, Claypool would have served one or two terms in Congress and then he would have been appointed to Obama’s cabinet to make room for Emanuel to return.

Neither Emanuel nor the White House would comment.

Claypool says the story is false.

"Knowing Rahm, I can't believe that because that's silly," Claypool said. "That is insanity. Never happened. Never would. Never discussed. Insanity. False."

The Sun-Times points out, that Blagojevich didn’t have the power to appoint congressmen anyhow.
 

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