Detroit’s ‘Pennybags’ Idol of People?

Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr's spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

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Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr’s spokesman Bill Nowling speaks to reporters outside of the Theodore Levin U.S. Courthouse in Detroit on July 24, 2013.

The situation in Detroit has been serious for quite some time, at the very least since the city filed a record U.S. municipal bankruptcy in July.

So after Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr finally reached a settlement with some bondholders last week and followed up by striking a pension deal with retired police officers and firefighters, the city deserved some jest.

Matt Helms, a Detroit Free Press reporter, provided the humor on Twitter yesterday:

In flowed the comments.

Some compared the spokesman to Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mascot for the board game Monopoly.

Others thought he was striving to emulate Hazen Pingree, who served as mayor of Detroit in the late 1800s and eventually became Michigan’s governor. HistoricDetroit.org says he was known as the “Idol of the People.”

Yet perhaps the most important question of all when it comes to social media infamy:

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