Emanuel aide resigns over ethics violations
Rham Emanuel was elected Mayor of Chicago on Tuesday, 2/22. Now comes word that a co-chair of Chicago mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel’s transition team resigned from her new post Friday (2/25) after it was revealed that she left her high-level state job last summer over ethics violations, CNN confirmed Saturday.
Judy Erwin previously served as the executive director of the Illinois Board of Higher Education and served on then-candidate Barack Obama’s Education Policy Committee during his 2008 presidential campaign. On Thursday, she was named to Emanuel’s transition team and according to a news release, Erwin was also recently hired as managing director for ASGK Public Strategies, the communication management firm founded by former Obama senior adviser David Axelrod.
Erwin used her state e-mail account and phone to campaign for Obama, engaging in campaign fundraising activity and using staff resources to help plan her trip to the 2008 Democratic National Convention. The filing states that Erwin stepped down from her position at the Board of Education on August 15.
Emanuel spokesman Ben LaBolt confirmed the report to CNN. “We had not seen the decision,” LaBolt said. “Judy Erwin is a friend of Rahm’s with a wealth of experience and he’ll continue to consult her public policy knowledge.” The ruling states that a $4,000 administrative fine was levied against Erwin.
I wouldn’t expect anything less from unhinged Rahm, who has been involved in corruption since day one he entered politics.
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