GOP candidate’s Facebook post mocks Michelle Obama
By ABDON M. PALLASCH Political Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org June 5, 2012 12:33AM
Kimberly Small, candidate for state representative
Updated: July 7, 2012 8:29AM
Kimberly Small, Republicans’ choice for state representative in the West Side/Northwest Side 10th district, has some postings on her Facebook page that might cause controversy with her would-be constituents.
One is a picture of First Lady Michelle Obama wearing a short skirt to the Children’s Choice Awards with a caption that says she is dressed like a “hoochie mama.” The Urban dictionary defines the phrase as a loose woman.
The second is a joke about President Barack Obama throwing his wife into a baseball field when he misunderstands a request to throw out the “first pitch.”
“I don’t think they were offensive,” Small said. “I don’t approve of the way the first lady was dressed and I think I’m entitled to have an opinion. I think it’s great that she attended Kids Choice Awards. I don’t think it’s appropriate that she dressed like a kid.”
Small emphasized she did not create either humor posting, she just copied jokes floating around the Internet onto her page.
“I’m not creative enough, nor smart enough nor funny enough,” Small said. “I didn’t say anything about her being a ‘hoochie mama’ — the picture said that.”
Small, 43, sells private jets for a living, she said.
Republicans ordinarily have little-to-no chance of winning a state legislative race in Chicago. But in this one, the incumbent, freshman Derrick Smith, has been indicted for allegedly taking a bribe.
The Democratic ward committeemen who installed Smith in the seat have chosen attorney Lance Tyson, who served a year and a half as chief of staff to former Cook County Board President Todd Stroger, to run as a third-party challenger against Smith. But with Democrats divided, Republicans have a better chance than usual.
Small comes from the moderate wing of the Republican Party. Her Facebook page also has a list making fun of arguments against gay marriage.
“I support same-sex marriage,” Small said. “My own party calls me a moderate. I consider myself a Libertarian.”
Small’s main goal in Springfield would be taming the state’s out-of-control budget deficit, she said.
“I’d like to somehow cut waste in the budget and balance the budget,” Small said.
And, acknowledging the irony, Small said she is a non-fan of Facebook.
“Facebook is just the biggest waste of time ever created,” Small said. “All I do on Facebook is expect to entertain people any way I can. Most of my postings are about food.”