CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Tudor's Biscuit World owner Oshel Craigo had an idea for a new breakfast sandwich, but couldn't think of a good name.
Almost all other Tudor's biscuits have names: the Peppi, the Tootie, the Thundering Herd, the Mountaineer and many more. But this time, Craigo was stumped.
What to call a homemade biscuit filled with cheese, egg and thick-cut bologna?
He considered "The Hillbilly." A fried bologna is widely known as "miner's steak," after all. But the name seemed a little too negative. A little too harsh.
Then, a few months back, Craigo was on his way back from dinner with a friend and his wife when he began explaining his conundrum.
"She snapped right back without even thinking, 'The Politician, a big biscuit full of bologna. And occasionally they get egg on their face.' "
The name stuck.
Craigo, once described by this newspaper as "a homespun version of Sen. Robert Byrd," knows a lot about politicians. He represented Putnam County in the state Senate for 20 years, eventually working his way up to Senate finance chairman. He knows his pork products.
"Obviously I have an unbelievable respect for people who participate in the political arena, but we're not held in very high regard by anybody. We rank down among used car salesmen," he said. "And if you get these stuffed shirts to laugh at themselves . . . hell, come on."
Apologies to the used car salesmen in the audience. Craigo does not plan to name a biscuit after your profession.
The Politician is available in only select Tudor's stores now, but the restaurant chain is planning a company-wide rollout soon.
"I think it's going to be fun. I don't know if it'll replace our No. 1 selling biscuit, but we'll have fun with it," Craigo said.
For the record, the highest selling biscuit is the Mary B, which has bacon, egg and cheese.
State politicians are already laughing.