For more than a year, newspaper columnists and political enemies have snickered at Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, saying he resembles the nerdy character Steve Urkel from the old ABC sitcom “Family Matters.”
When an interviewer hinted at the reference today, Stroger tackled the issue head on.
“Oh, I know what you’re talking about, Urkel,” Stroger said during a taping of WBBM-AM’s “At Issue” program.
“As I told people during the campaign,” Stroger continued, “Urkel was smart, Urkel was honest and Urkel always tried to help people. So, I don’t mind that one.”
Stroger, who was elected last November, claimed that personal attacks in general don’t affect him.
<“I’ve been in the news at this point for about 18 months, there’s nothing that’s going to bother me anymore,” Stroger said.
The comments came during a wide-ranging interview in which Stroger hinted that he might be willing to compromise on his tax proposals, echoing comments he made after he unveiled his 2008 budget on Oct. 17.
The program airs at 9:30 p.m. Sunday and archives usually are available by Monday here.
For the record, the show's host, Craig Dellimore, was the one probing on the Urkel issue
Todd Stroger, lost in the dessert
WLS AM 890 has posted this short audio clip from Cook County Board Chairman's speech to the City Club of Chicago Wednesday as an object lesson to politicians: If you can't write your own speeches, at least read them before you deliver them. Money quote:
In recent years, economic experts have coined the phrase "food dessert" to support their concern for a lack of quality grocery shopping options for people living in poor neighborhoods. Well, I'm concerned that without Provident Hospital and with Michael Reese and other hospitals having problems, Chicago's South Side might become a hospital dessert. Ooops! I should say "desert."
Hear it for yourself, the President of the second most populous county in the United States Speaks. This is a classic to listen to, oh my, he must be taking lessons from George Bush.
Really it's a special treat to listen to this one, this speech has Donna Dunnings written all over it, the Toddler needs to go back and let Lance Tyson write for him again, my advice.