Topinka: Comptroller’s job like being ‘skunk at picnic’
By MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org May 22, 2013 5:14PM
Illinois Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka with skunk slippers and Illinois 4-H members on Cheesecake Day. | Provided Photo
Updated: June 24, 2013 2:07PM
The Dimon sparkle. . .
The family man: JPMorgan Chase chairman Jamie Dimon, the victor Tuesday of a headline grabbing battle to maintain his dual role as the mega institution’s chairman and chief executive, celebrated like a family man.
He took his wife, Judy, out to dinner to celebrate their wedding anniversary.
“He (Dimon) prefers being with his family and has always kept a low profile away from the social scene,” former U.S. Commerce Secretary Bill Daley, a close Dimon friend, told Sneed.
“When he lived in Chicago, he preferred relaxing on Friday nights with dinner with his wife Judy and their three girls at Mario’s eatery near his (Gold Coast) home. . .or hanging out at Gibson’s on a sidewalk table. He’s brilliant and down to earth. . .a solid guy whose word is straight. . .not a lot of BS.”
Judy Judy Judy. . .
Yes, she was wearing skunk slippers!
Our irrepressible State Comptroller Judy Baar Topinka broke out her irrepressible black and white faux skunk slippers Wednesday while passing out 1,120 slices of Eli’s cheesecake to lawmakers, staffers, lobbyists, media mavens, and Springfield Capitol visitors.
Topinka says she wears them because “being the state’s fiscal officer is like being a skunk at the picnic.”
◆ Backbite: It was a tradition Judy started 10 years ago to lifts spirits during the final days of the legislative session. The dessert was donated. No public bucks spent.
Just don’t ask me about the skunk slippers.
The Cleveland Horror. . .
Nightmare update: A special fund for the three women rescued May 6 from the clutches of kidnapper Ariel Castro weeks ago — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — has raised $650,000 from 6,800 donors, according to a spokesman for the women. Surprised it’s not more? I am.
Obama drama. . .
The latest media twaddle from the scandal engulfed White House, where President Obama is under siege from the IRS and Justice department scandals: First Lady Michelle Obama and First daughters Sasha and Malia may head to their family vacation — reportedly Martha’s Vineyard — a little earlier than expected. . .and stay a little longer than anticipated. Stay tuned.
The Lisa file. . .
$$$$$$ Our very cagey Illinois Attorney General, Lisa Madigan — the state’s most popular Dem femme — is pulling in the big bucks at a ton of recent fundraisers with nary a public word on whether she is running for Governor.
Briggs vs. Davis. . .
The Push-up pair: Sneed has learned Chicago Bears linebacker Lance Briggs and former Bear Rashied Davis got into a push-up contest after a hamburger fest at the Grange Hall eatery Sunday night.
◆ To wit: “Davis jokingly complained he was getting tired of all the fuss over Briggs by the diners asking for autographs and challenged his teammate to a push-up contest,” said a source. “Rashied won. It was all in good fun and the guys wound up closing the place.”
Veep bleep. . .
Hahahaaaa. . .Naw! The mouth is it again: Veep Joe Biden dissed the use of a teleprompter at a Jewish Heritage Month reception Tuesday night by asking for it to be removed. . .then adding: “You can’t tell Barack that the teleprompter’s down. The standing joke in the office is Barack’s learning to speak without a teleprompter; I’m learning to speak with one.” Oh that Joe!
A muscleman musing. . .
Poppy place: Former couple Maria and Arnold Schwarzenegger may no longer be living together, but they were together in Washington, D.C. last weekend for Georgetown University graduation of their daughter, Christina, who called her father “Poppy.”
The View. . .
Bye Bye. . .and Hi? TV pundits predict conservative chatcat Elizabeth Hasselbeck will leave “The View” next month. . .with the possibility of actress Brooke Shields entering the popular chat fest. . .along with, perhaps, reality chic Jenny McCarthy?
I spy. . .
Puck place: Blackhawks Patrick Kane, Corey Crawford, Brian Bickel and Brandon Bollig all stopped at Chicago Cut Steakhouse after the team’s playoff game on Saturday. . .Actor John Cusack watched the game with Rocky and Marilyn Wirtz Saturday from the comfort of their United Center suite. . . Though they moved to Winnetka from the city, Kristin Cavallari and fiancé Jay Cutler were spotted at Chicago Cut with fellow Bear Josh McCown and his wife Saturday before the Bears Necessities Black Tie Party…
Say whaaaa. . .
Legendary comedienne Carol Burnett, who will be presented the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., stated: “I can’t believe I’m getting a humor prize from the Kennedy Center. It’s almost impossible to be funnier than the people In Washington.”