September 10, 2009 03:00 PM by Britteny Elrick
Cheryl Burke recently spoke with Access Hollywood about the upcoming season of Dancing With The StarsÂ and what it’s like dancing with former Republican CongressmanÂ Tom DeLay.Â Cheryl admits that she had to Google Tom to find out who he was at first, but now that she’s gotten to know him she’s pleasantly surprised.Â Â So has the pair gotten into a political argument yet?Â
Access: How are things going in Texas? Are you having fun?
Burke: Yeah! Itâ€™s fun because itâ€™s completely different and Iâ€™m getting to know this politician, this Republican, who I really had no idea who he was about in the first place like every partner I haveâ€¦ I have to Google them and he was no exception. So itâ€™s been interesting getting to know him and his politics and his beliefs. Heâ€™s 62 years old; heâ€™s got a great family, a very supportive daughter and a grandchild. He just loves to play golf and have dinners and be with his wife that heâ€™s been with for like 45 years.
Access: Were you as shocked as everyone else when you found out who your partner was?
Burke: Yeahâ€¦ You could have said Tom DeLay was an old actor. I wouldnâ€™t knowâ€¦ I called my dad right away. He had definitely heard of who Tom DeLay was and I think everyone is still shocked to find out someone like him is doing the show.
Access: How are you two doing?
Burke:Â Weâ€™re getting there. Slowly but surely. But at the end of the day, this is something completely out of his element and I think heâ€™s such a brave man for going out in front of millions of peopleâ€¦ You know, heâ€™s not going to be the best dancer of the bunch. Thatâ€™s for sure. But hopefully heâ€™ll bring something new and different. Bring out his personality. Hopefully itâ€™ll change what his image is all about.
Access: Now, be honest: Do you ever talk politics?
Burke: Not really. You know, Iâ€™m very open-minded and liberal. Iâ€™ve danced my whole life. Iâ€™m just so open with me and with â€¦ Iâ€™m not one side or the other.
Dancing With The StarsÂ kicks off Monday, September 21 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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