Fiery Cook Co. President Debate Puts Stroger on Defensive

By Mary Ann Ahern
|  Friday, Jan 15, 2010  |  Updated 2:00 PM CDT
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Fiery Cook Co. President Debate Puts Stroger on Defensive

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Embattled Cook County Board President Todd Stroger took a few direct hits during a debate at the Union League Club this morning.

GOP opponent Roger Keats took a shot at Stroger's supposed penchant nepotism.

"On day one I plan to fire Stroger's 150 friends and family," Keats said.

Stroger replied: "I don't have 150 friends and family working for the county."

"Ok, I'll fire 150 strangers then," Keats retorted.

Terry O'Brien took a softer tact.

"The first thing I would do would be help Todd Stroger pack his bags cause I'm such a nice guy," said Terry OBrien.

Stroger, who has been under fire by the media and political foes alike, is not a favorite to win reelection to the board.

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