King Kong vs. Godzilla; Frankenstein vs The Wolfman; Jennifer Anniston & Angelina Jolie…
The annals of ridiculous rivalries are littered with the corpse-like memories of vicious cat fights between celebrity combatants. In Kansas City few have loomed larger than the one that went down these past four years between Kansas City mayor Mark Funkhouser and First Lady Gloria Squitiro and biting blogger Tony Botello.
It’s hard to imagine an indignity Botello has yet to inflict on the controversial first couple.
Raising the question of how thrilled Botello is with Funk’s election day throttling and if he’ll have to take up golf or ant farming to fill the deep void…
"You know, I haven’t had a chance to think about that yet" Botello says. "They say you’re either filled with regret or filled with remorse after an opponent is vanquished. And I feel remorse because he was never my enemy. But now I won’t have the circus to watch. But it was never personal to me and I feel sorry because it was just a bad accident for Kansas City."
Truth be known, without Gloria Funk would have probably done a pretty good job, Botello concedes.
"It would have been what everybody was hoping for," Botello says. "And that’s why there’s remorse. Because Gloria was his Achilles heel because she brought down somebody that could have been a legend. She was his Achilles heel, which is kind of funny because of the barefoot thing."