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Another View of Ed Hanrahan

Bill Dwyer 17 June 2009 No Comment

Hanrahan was not one to back off of an argument.

“He raised a lot of dust where he walked,” said Bolan, who recalled conducting a test on his boss. “With most people, they talk about different subjects until they find one they agree on, sports or something. Ed, he’d talk until he found the subject you disagreed on, then focus on that,” Bolan said with a bemused look. “I tested him maybe three times, and he always chose the disagreement.”

But he’d listen to people, said Hanrahan’s neighbor, Beverly Carraher. “He was always questioning. He’d change his opinion if you had a good argument,” Carraher said.

A consummate political insider, Hanrahan was already a former U.S. Attorney for Northern Illinois and current Cook County State’s Attorney in 1969. He was considered a likely future candidate for Chicago mayor or governor.

In their book on the first Mayor Daley, American Pharaoh, Adam Cohen and Elizabeth Taylor quote from a tape recording of Daley urging President Lyndon Johnson in 1964 to appoint Hanrahan U.S Attorney. Daley cited Hanrahan’s list of accomplishments, including his Notre Dame and Harvard Law School pedigrees, but concluded with the ultimate Chicago compliment.

“More than that, Mr. President, let me say with great honor and pride, he’s a precinct captain!”

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