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Not So Fast, Todd Stroger

By Amy Hart in News on May 12, 2006 2:53PM

After wondering who's running county government now that President John Stroger is recovering from a stroke, there appears to be a plethora of people who want to run it if he is unable to stay in the re-election hunt. His son, Alderman Todd Stroger, said he was up to the challenge of taking his father's place on the November ballot, but some Democratic leaders and county commissioners aren't quite seeing things his way.

2006_05_cookcoflag.gifEarlier this week Commissioner Bobbie Steele said she would make a better candidate than Todd Stroger. However, Commissioner Earleen Collins said Junior and Steele are both bad choices, and that Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown is the best option. Then yesterday Representative Danny Davis said everybody should just back off because he is the man for the job if President Stroger's health forces him to withdraw from the race.

If President Stroger backs out before the election, his replacement will ultimately be chosen by the Democratic party's ward and township committeemen. We hope the selection process will be cordial and look out for the best interests of Cook County, but does anybody else think we might have a political catfight on our hands?