Tudor's new Politician’ biscuit full of bologna
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.
State Sen. Chris Walters, a Republican who now represents Craigo's former district, said he usually orders "The Ron" when he visits Tudor's. But he's willing to give "The Politician" a chance.
"I think it's fun. Being a former senator . . . he would know how to create a sandwich to represent politics," he said.
Delegate Danny Wells, D-Kanawha, said he isn't offended by Craigo's sandwich at all because, by Wells' estimation, the name doesn't apply to him.
"I consider myself not a politician, but a statesman. He just missed me completely," he said.
Wells wants Craigo to create a "Steaks-man" sandwich, a filet mignon on a biscuit.
"I'd be willing to pay for it. It'd be a class above bologna, that's for sure," he said.
Governor's Office spokeswoman Amy Shuler-Goodwin said she could not comment on the sandwich until she tried it, although she admitted the bologna-egg-cheese combination sounded "delicious."
No word if the governor's office will commission a study on the deliciousness of the sandwich.
But like Wells, Goodwin said she could not relate to the biscuit's name.
"It certainly doesn't represent those within state government I work with, but it sounds like a fabulous breakfast," she said.
The Politician might be a good candidate, but it currently lacks name recognition. Craigo said Tudor's would shoot a commercial next month to introduce the new biscuit to its constituents.
He expects very high approval ratings.
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