How could I pass this one up?

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.


  1. SP Biloxi said...
    LMAO, love the Urkel photo! Ha Ha! Made my day.

    “Oh, I know what you’re talking about, Urkel,” Stroger said during a taping of WBBM-AM’s “At Issue” program.

    Yes, I watched the show with Urkel many moons ago. And yes, the Urkel character was smart. But, the CC Urkel President isn't! Stroller may look like Urkel but he is not in the smarts catagory upstairs when it comes to balancing the budget in CC.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    Of course the Toddler doesn't care about what people say or call him. That's because he DOESN'T CARE about anybody but himself and his Friends and Family Plan. When you're the top dog, you don't hear the barking of the little dogs over your own loud barking.

    (No offense to dogs, in comparing them to an obvious rat (no offense to rats either).
    SP Biloxi said...
    "Of course the Toddler doesn't care about what people say or call him."

    A rat sooner or later has to go back to it's rat hole. What Urkel has given out to the CC taxpayers will come back to him in return in full force. I just don't think the nimrod will be in his title that long with him acting like he is the King of the freakin world. And he might try to get over and claim "I'm the black man victim" bullshit. But, that excuse is getting tiresome and old.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    The audio is priceless.
    KittyBowTie1 said...
    "Uh oh."

    The radio people ripped him to shreds. It was hilarious.
    SP Biloxi said...
    I just listened to the audio. It was funny. This the first time hearing Urkel's voice. His voice sounded retarded.
    Third Generation Chicago Native said...
    This would be a good one for his next opponent to use. Of course, he has three years left and that will only give his opponent in the next CC Pres. race a wealth of ammunition against him.

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