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Source on Ozzie: Reinsdorf asked to pick sides — and he did


Ozzie Guillen Jerry Reinsdorf July. | Getty Images

Ozzie Guillen and Jerry Reinsdorf in July. | Getty Images

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Updated: December 2, 2011 2:11PM



The Ozzie file . . .

In the wake of White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen’s abrupt exit, Sneed hears White Sox owner Jerry Reins­dorf is telling his pals, “What am I gonna do and what could I do?”

◆ Backshot: It came down to a choice between general manager Ken Williams and Guillen. (Kudos to Chicago Sun-Times columnist Rick Morrissey on his terrific interview with Ozzie in Tuesday’s paper.)

◆ Upshot: “Jerry hired Ozzie with his eyes wide open,” said a Reinsdorf source. “He knew he was volatile and there would be ups and downs. He was in a box, but he was not surprised. He was asked to pick sides, and he did.”

$$$$$ . . .

Obamarama: The ticket price for a Hollywood fund-raiser for President Barack Obama — which drew the likes of Quincy Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Eva Longoria — was $17,900.

The Daley dynasty . . .

Hmm. Sneed hears rumbles John Daley, the eldest son and namesake of powerful Cook County Commissioner John Daley, also may be eyeing a future role in Chicago politics.

◆ One scenario: Might Commissioner Daley decide one day to step down in favor of his son? Just asking.

The Daley planet . . .

Word is former Mayor Richard M. Daley, who has been to Russia as an aspiring businessman, just returned from a business deal in Turkey.

The name game . . .

Sneed’s ear bent a little sideways when Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who is now the main “go-to” man in the Middle East, referred to President Obama as “Hussein” when asked to describe his relationship to him in an interview Sunday with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria. (It’s Obama’s middle name.)

Beatle banter . . .

The late ex-Beatle George Harrison had some interesting habits.

◆ Check this one out: Harrison apparently kept a collection of packed suitcases from places he visited all over the world as keepsake time capsules! All this and more when the two-part documentary “George Harrison: Living in the Real World,” directed by Martin Scorsese, airs on HBO beginning Oct. 5.

The Chelsea file . . .

It should come as no surprise former first daughter Chelsea Clinton was tapped as director of an Internet media company controlled by mega-Dem supporter Barry Diller: Although Chelsea is one smart cookie, Diller was a huge supporter of the presidential campaigns of Chelsea’s parents, Hill and Bill.

Vroom doom . . .

Now comes word a court in Saudi Arabia has sentenced a woman to receive “10” lashes for ignoring the nation’s ban on women driving cars.

◆ The kicker: The sentencing comes after Saudi’s King Abdullah announced women would be allowed to vote in 2015.

◆ The upshot: The woman, who committed the “infraction” in July, is appealing. Naturally.

Putin place. . .

The big buzz in Moscow, since 58-year old Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin — who takes pride in his physicality — announced he had accepted his party’s presidential nomination: He’s had Botox and a face-lift.

$$$$ . . .

Former Illinois Veterans Affairs chief and current U.S. congressional candidate Tammy Duckworth, who lost both legs while serving in Iraq, was planning to attend a campaign fund-raiser Tuesday evening hosted by TV journalist Lisa Ling at her California home. Her opponent in the Dem primary: Raja Krishnamoorthi.

Sneedlings . . .

I spy: Golfers Davis Love III and Jose Ma ria Olazabal at Harry Caray’s in Lombard. . . . The job market: Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart’s press flack, former Chicago Sun-Times reporter Steve Patterson — one of the best political press aides around — has been snatched up by Guy Chipparoni’s Res Publica Group, a communications firm. . . . Today’s birthdays: Hilary Duff, 24; Naomi Watts, 43; Mira Sorvino, 44; Moon Zappa, 44; Janeane Garofalo, 47; Jay Doherty, ageless, and Sarah Beardsley Tetzlaff, priceless.



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