‘Who cares?’ Todd Stroger says of auction of diary
His personal diary was apparently up for auction — along with other memorabilia from his father, the late Cook County Board President John H. Stroger — but Todd Stroger shrugged it all off.
A former board president himself, Stroger claimed in an interview Thursday that the fact his personal musings were there for all to see didn’t bother him — and he wasn’t surprised no one bid enough to win the items.
“Who cares?” the ousted Stroger said of diary’s exposure. “I’d never put anything in a book that I wouldn’t say out loud.”
The diary, which was just seven pages and included entries made between 2005 and 2009, included a reference to his father’s stroke in 2006 shortly before the primary election for board president. John Stroger won, but was unable to run in the general election, so his son was eventually put on the ballot by Democratic leaders.
“Our story so far has our hero in a bind. How does he not do an Oedipus [referring to a mythological king who killed his father], but still keep himself in a good position to advance. The question is how long can you wait? Dad’s stroke is two months out and the media is howling at the door.”
Stroger laughed when asked about that entry Thursday: “I put something in there about Oedipus? I don’t think I even know how to spell Oedipus.”
In another entry he talks about the general election for president, an election he easily won before being ousted from office four years later: “The campaign is working on my image. I need to appear tougher. I can understand I’m a quiet person.”
On Thursday, Stroger said: “Oh, I remember that. That’s true. I am quiet.”
The memorabilia, including a signed letter from President Bill Clinton and two Bulls championship replica rings, had been in a South Side storage locker until its renter fell behind on payments and the items were sold. The new owner put them up for auction last weekend, but bids reached only $3,750, which was below the minimum price. The items remain unsold.
“They were asking a lot of money for that stuff” — more than even he was willing to pay, Stroger said.
Does he want the stuff back? If the price was lowered to “something reasonable, I’d look at it,” he said.