Make no mistake, this will never happen…
But here are the people I feel would get Kansas City back on the map.
My first Pick: Carl Peterson for Mayor.
Most people are no longer on the "We love Carl" bandwagon. And it’s public knowledge he and I didn’t get along. However Carl is a sharp, smart leader. Peterson made millions for Lamar Hunt. Not just with the Chiefs but with other investments.
The man lands of his feet.
Carl has charisma and knows how to run things. He turned the Chiefs around, especially attendance and profits.
That said, Carl is a dictator and right now Kansas City needs just that. It’s his way or the highway. That’s Carl. We’re so far down – like the Chiefs were in 1988 – that a guy like Carl could start the turn. He makes a great appearance, the guy’s well dressed. He knows the right people. Remember when George Bush Jr. came to town? It was Carl and George Brett who were invited to meet him at the airport, NOT THE FUNK. The guy’ss got powerful friends and that matters.
Obviously it won’t happen. Carl has no interest and is in line to be the GM in Los Angeles with its new NFL team. Or maybe Miami. I think Carl is done with KC.
Number two: Johnny Dare, radio superstar:
You might say WHAT? But nobody has more loyal fans than Dare. He could easily win the job if he wanted it. Remember, he has more than 70,000 very loyal fans. Lots of votes, and another 150,000 that listen. Dare represents the "common man."
And that is KC.
We are not LA or New York. This is for the most part a working class city. And nobody understands that better than Johnny. He does a lot for the city with charity and simply making people feel good about living here. Johnny makes a nice appearance. He’s iin great shape, 40-ish, and well spoken. He’s a star on season three of FULL THROTTLE, the True TV series Dare hosts and is on air as himself. The guy even has a national presence. He knows lots of major stars in music, comedy, film, TV – even politics. Dare is not into city politics but he does care. And he would sure light it up!
But it won’t happen because Dare lives in Kansas and makes a really nice living doing radio. He has little interest in taking a paycut and running this town.
The bottom line: We could do worse and we have.
My father, Stan Glazer:
Stan should have been elected back in 2002. He had a national presence and his NO NEW ARENA campaign slogan, may have been spot on. He meant, let’s spend the money on city services, education and housing in midtown – not on the Power & Light District. Stan, like Carl Peterson, has a larger-than-life persona, which none of our last five mayors have had. He had great ideas and is a memorable character. He would have been a popular guy in Washington, D.C. because he’s a sharp guy who tells it like it is. His calls would have been taken – not so sure with our last couple of mayors – a pretty forgetable group.
Again, it hon’t Happen because Stan is retired and has moved to Kansas. He still cares but it’s a bit too late now.
Yep, Hearne knows this city as well as anyone. Better, actually. He’s well-educated and a smart guy. Hearne sees the problems of the city on a daily basis. Like Stan, he sees ways to fix things, but they might be a little out of the box for some people.
But we need that.
Do gooders have led this city downhill since 1950. Hearne loves Kansas City and wants to see it come back. He talks to everyone and has the inside scoop.
Why it won’t happen: Hearne isn’t real interested in city government and he also lives in Kansas.
This may shock and amaze you but yeah, Kyle would be a good leader for KCMO. He’s lived with all the midtown problems for 40 years. His family is well thought of and Kyle also is nice looking and makes a great appearance. Kyle is the most conservative of this group, but KC loves that. And Kelly’s is an institution in Kansas City and again very much liked by the public. Kyle has helped lead Westport over the past 30 years and has a strong following. He is considered a good business person as well. Even though he and I didn’t see eye-to-eye, I still respect his positions and following. He is a success.
It Won’t happen even though he’s the most likely out of the group.
He’s never seemed to want to be in city politics, because he could easily win at least a City Council seat if he wanted. Kyle is a family man and seems to like what he is doing and does
Um, who did I forget? Oh yeah me.
Crap last time I started to run they indicted me, so NO THANKS. But it would be interesting and kinda fun, huh?