Carol Felsenthal reports in ChicagoMag.com that Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel had more to do with the failed Solydra deal (scandal?) that he has been willing to acknowledge. She notes:
A report released Thursday by the House Energy and Commerce Committee charges that “the Solyndra … event [at which President Obama appeared in person on May 26, 2010, to tout the company as the future of green energy] was the idea of… Rahm Emanuel,” then the White House chief of staff. The report also depicts Rahm as a key player in the effort to get Obama to the new Solyndra factory in Fremont, California, which was made possible by the loan.
The report notes, according to Felsenthal:
+ From a White House staffer to an Obama scheduler: “Ron [Klain, VP Joe Biden’s former chief of staff] said this morning that the POTUS definitely wants to do this (or Rahm definitely wants the POTUS to do this?).”
+ From the Director for Special Projects in the office of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: “POTUS involvement was Rahm’s idea.”
+ From Ron Klain: “Rahm was super hot for this” because “[j]obs and high tech and Recovery Act is a winning combination.”
+ From Heather Zichal, a top deputy to White House Office of Energy and Climate Change Policy Director Carol Browner (Zichal reportedly had concerns about the Solyndra event): “‘folks in the financing community’ had also raised concerns about the Solyndra loan guarantee, ‘[but] if Rahm wants it, we’ll make it happen.’”
The full report to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce is available here.