Todd Stroger still on the campaign trail





Todd Stroger accuses other Commissioners of still running for President, but Andre Garner sounds like he will constantly be running Todd Strogers campaign. Steve Mayberry is resigning as spokesman, I can't blame him here considering who he is/was spokesman for.
At least it's getting greener around here!

Todd Stroger and his spokespeople

Who will talk to the press?

April 4, 2007
By Steve Patterson Special to the Daily Southtown
Cook County Board President Todd Stroger has hired a $100,000-a-year assistant whose job is to help craft Stroger's "message" and devise his public relations "strategy."

Andre Garner is the new director of public affairs, but he made it clear he won't be speaking to the media.

"I want to help find ways to better communicate to the public what is provided by county government," he said.

Garner replaces Chinta Strausberg, who in recent months also stopped speaking to the press. She's Stroger's new $95,000-a-year liaison to churches and community groups.

Stroger also has created a new $86,000-a-year job for longtime deputy spokesman John Gibson, whose job description no longer involves speaking to the press. He is to "better inform the public" about services available at county hospitals, which each have their own spokesmen.

And Stroger's actual spokesman, Steve Mayberry, the guy who speaks to the media, is resigning to take a job in the private sector. His $75,000 annual salary is paid by the forest preserve district.

"How many high-paid PR people does (Stroger) need who don't talk to the press?" asked Commissioner Forrest Claypool (D-Chicago), a frequent opponent of Stroger.

Stroger has been under fire for loading up on highly paid management jobs while frontline workers such as nurses, custodians and prosecutors are being laid off by the thousands. The controversial move to hire Garner isn't quieting that criticism.

Garner has worked in press offices for the city of Chicago, the Chicago Housing Authority and for Ald. Madeline Haithcock (2nd).

Chicago Sun-Times

3 Comments:

  1. SP Biloxi said...
    "Todd Stroger has hired a $100,000-a-year assistant whose job is to help craft Stroger's "message" and devise his public relations 'strategy.'"

    LOL! So, the Urkelster hired his buddy for 100k to panhandle his message and strategy to the public. That money can be used for other things to help the city. Toodster is certainly not financially intelligent or managed.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    Anytime one of the Commissioners who speak out or say something about something, well doing their job, Stroger or Beavers accuses them of still being on the campaign trail.
    Now it looks like Toddster is already on the campaign trail, and Steve Mayberry his spokesman bailed on him. Yes, Steve had to do all the talking for the Toddler, and he probably said enough is enough I'm outa here!
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Anytime one of the Commissioners who speak out or say something about something, well doing their job, Stroger or Beavers accuses them of still being on the campaign trail."

    Toddster is like a kid who lost his lollipop. He just want the "yes" people working for him. I hope more of the public speak out about the Toddster.

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