Mayor Funkhouser employed an interesting tactic in promoting his event that the Star claims only drew 250 people. Of course the Mayor disputes the figures but what he doesn’t mention is the old school Hollywood method he employed to get the crowd.
The Mayor put on an award show and called it a town hall meeting. And people, no matter how much they hate any public official will always consider getting a prize.
I’m willing to wage that I could generate an even bigger event in celebration of my blogging prowess if I handed out door prizes and certificates of appreciation. Seriously, I’ve seen bigger crowds at a thong contest in the earlier part of this decade.
What wasn’t fun or that admirable was that the Mayor was counting young students wanting a prize as part of his support base. The Mayor’s Schools First effort would put $100 million debt burden on their head over the years for just a tiny bit of infrastructure improvement and more cops in the vicinity of schools which not even Chief Corwin or the KCPD police board have endorsed. In short, the idea has a big price tag for little benefit but because the mayor was handing out certificates a few students didn’t mind being used as props. If history tells us anything, in the desperate hours of any campaign it’s always the children that get sent out to fight the battles of failed politicians at the very end.
The poorly attended public meeting could have been held at a Community Center for a cost far less than the $6500 the Mayor’s people claim comes directly from their budget. This last display at The Sprint Center really indicates the complete lack of support for Funkhouser and his wife. They had been planning some kind of education summit for about two years and as it finally came to fruition the only thing it revealed is that they had to con people to show up with an old Hollywood trick that didn’t seem to impress people around this town. While there was free popcorn that was quite delicious, I have a feeling they would have garnered a better crowd in this Cowtown with an open buffet.