New details emerge about Allison Arwady firing
Mayor Brandon Johnson's floor leader says Allison Arwady was fired as health commissioner because of misaligned views on public health and a perceived back-channel campaign to keep her job.
Why it matters: Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa's account counters widespread speculation that Johnson fired Arwady for her stance on reopening schools during the 2022 standoff between CPS and the CTU.
What he's saying: "It is wholly inappropriate for a mayoral appointee … to engage in a public campaign to force the mayor to keep them," Ramiriez-Rosa said last week on "The Ben Joravsky Show," which former Tribune columnist Eric Zorn highlighted in his Substack.
Between the lines: The alderperson alleges that Arwady got the Chicago Board of Health to write a letter to the mayor supporting her, which he called the "final nail in the coffin."
- He also cited Arwady's "neoliberal" approach to public health — demonstrated by not reopening city mental health clinics and instead funding public-private facilities — as a big issue.
What's more: The alderman claims Arwady did not "reach out" to the mayor to discuss next steps after he took office.
- She didn't immediately respond to Axios' requests for comment yesterday.
The bottom line: With Johnson's continued silence on the issue, this may be the closest we'll get to an official explanation.
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