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Mr. Kruesi Goes To Washington

By Margaret Lyons in News on Dec 6, 2007 11:09PM

Remember Frank Kruesi, and how he fucked up the CTA all the time, and was BFF with Daley, but he screwed the pooch in Springfield? He just got a new job! For the City! As our chief lobbyist in DC! Wait, what the eff?

Mayor Daley announced today that he has appointed Kruesi manage the City's federal legislative, regulatory and administrative agendas in Washington, DC. In the statement, Daley says Kruesi's job is "to help make sure our relationship with the federal government is as productive as it can be toward helping to improve the quality of life for all Chicagoans." Because he's been such a great negotiator and leader in the past?

Kruesi’s personality makes him a curious choice for the job of Washington lobbyist.

As a Springfield operative said on the day Kruesi resigned as CTA president: “He’s a difficult human being. It’s an imperial kind of attitude…The next person is unlikely to be as abrasive as Frank. There’ll be a lot of contented smiles around the [capitol] building.”

But Mr. Kruesi’s sometimes abrasive management style created enemies in Springfield. [AP]