Fran Spielman reports that the Little Emperor is "furious." Why? Because people keep bringing up this Amer Ahmad thing and the Lois Scott connection. Remember, Rahm appointed Ahmad to be his comptroller based on CFO Scott's recommendation. Then we learned that Ahmad was indicted by the feds for money laundering, bribery and other public corruption charges related to his previous position as deputy treasurer in the state of Ohio. Scott, it turns out, had some nefarious dealings with Ahmad.Writes Spielman:
A furious Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday likened media attacks on his Chief Financial Officer Lois Scott to the “drive by hits” that drove him out of the “crap town” that is Washington D.C.Wow! Such language. So that's why Rahm left the White House staff. Drive by hits in a crap town? I thought it was because the Obama's and other staff members could no longer stand to be around him or put up with his guff.
Besides, Chicago is not "crap town" and people inside and outside the media have a right and a duty to demand transparency on the Ahmad/Scott scandal.
|Ahmad, Emanuel & Scott|
After Scott came aboard as Emanuel's chief financial officer in May 2011, she selected a firm that employed Ahmad's onetime boss, former Ohio Treasurer Kevin Boyce, for hundreds of thousands of dollars in city bond work.When Boyce was a public official, Scott's firm profited, and when Scott became a public official under Emanuel, Boyce's firm profited. And Ahmad was at the center of it all.
Ahmad was also placed by Rahm on the boards of all four of the City's largest pension funds and was the point man in Emanuel’s controversial decision to phase out Chicago’s 55 percent subsidy for retiree health care by 2017.
On Wednesday, Scott refused to answer questions about her relationship with Ahmad after joining other key members of Emanuel’s cabinet in the VIP box during the mayor’s annual budget address.
Yes Rahm is furious. After all his efforts to neuter IG Joe Ferguson, people keep bringing stuff up. Get over it Rahm. There's more coming.