Axelrod to lead political institute
January 19th, 2012
11:23 AM ET
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Axelrod to lead political institute

(CNN) – David Axelrod, senior strategist to the President's reelection campaign, will lead a new academic politics institute at the University of Chicago after this year's presidential election, the school announced on Thursday.

"The new, non-partisan institute will offer politically engaged students more opportunities to study and participate in civic life in Chicago and around the nation," the University said in a statement, promising internships for students and visiting fellows.

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Axelrod was a senior advisor in the Obama White House and Obama 2008 campaign, before departing to work on the President's reelection campaign. He will direct the Institute beginning in early 2013, after this year's election.

Before entering politics, Obama was on the faculty of the University's law school, and Axelrod earned his bachelor's degree from the University.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Yeah, "non-partisan" I'm sure!! This used car salesman teaching our kids is a VERY scary thought. But he seems to know he'll need another line of work come next January.

    January 19, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  2. freedog

    "the new non-partisan institute" what a joke.

    January 19, 2012 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  3. obama victim

    is there a sleazier guy in the world than this loser??

    January 19, 2012 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  4. Fair is Fair

    What's he going to call it? The Chicago Center for Advanced Stalinistic Studies?

    January 19, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  5. fred ca

    How can axelrod run a non-partisan political institute? That is like Al Capone running a law enforcement institute. Actually, Capone has more a better claim.

    January 19, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  6. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    I'm sure students will get to choose from exciting course such as Voter Fraud I, Voter Fraud II and Advanced Voter Fraud.

    The main courses will of course be "How to Sell Hope & Change to the Unwashed Masses using the LSM" and "Just Don't Tell Them It's Socialism".

    January 19, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  7. roadwarrior

    what else could be exspected of one of obamas cronies

    January 19, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  8. WiredweirdinSF

    I guess that will be some sort of a hate people who work and pay taxes type thing? Will it include lectures by Bill Ayers and Rverand Wright and an accounting and real estate class by Tony Rezko. Campaign Finance by John Edwards. How to demean and degrade hard working American taxpayers by Nancy Pelosi, a course in military history and ettiquette by Barbara Boxer, how to get your picture taken at every event and look real smug by Chuck Schumer. Yeh, that should be a really first class institute. Must be funded by the corrupt unions.

    January 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  9. Rudy NYC

    Truth somebody wrote:

    Yeah, "non-partisan" I'm sure!!
    Academic institutions cannot afford to be partisan. Money spends just the same no matter where it comes from.

    January 19, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |