OK sports fans it’s come down to this…
Looks like your old buddy "The Glaze" is a pretty good picker. To be honest, I felt the KC mayor’s would come down to Sly James and Mike Burke – and maybe the Funk. I liked what Sly had to say and the way he carries himself. So this will be a close one.
A white man versus a black man.
No matter how you cut it, that’s the case. However Sly is not a black candidate like Emanuel Cleaver or Alvin Brooks. Former mayor, Cleaver was also a minister and a former Black Panther. Brooks was the king of neighborhoods in a black community that had gone through far too much "yellow tape." You know, shootings. Alvin is best remembered for remembering fallen young black men and women killed by other young black men and women.
To be even more blunt, these men were considered "of the people," by black voters.
Not so much Sly James. He’s sharp, well spoken, lived in Europe (Italy),, is a true lawyer (he’s actually won cases as a litigator). And in simple words the man "can speak." That doesn’t mean Cleaver wasn’t a great speaker – he was and is – But Cleaver wasn’t one to move too many issues outside the black community or church.
in other words, "He didn’t do crap for white KC, the Plaza, Westport and so on.
It was all about the yellow tape district being a total failure. But Brooks was just too old and a nice man, but no longer very strong on much of anything.
Sly is young, strong and open minded.
He’ll need the black vote to win, but right now he is seen by blacl voters as more as an Obama – too clean cut. Sly will need to continue to show up and speak at church’s. Uh, black ones, of course.
With all that said, its a toss up right now. So I will stay on it and interview Mike Burke.
Now a few words about the Funk…
Here’s a guy who was once very popular who lost all of that because he and city council hated each other. Mark was a "my way or the highway guy." Like Deb Hermann said, "the smartest guy in the room, like it or not." But Funk ran almost no campaign, no signs, few commercials on TV, nothing really.
He only lost by 2,000 votes, so clearly he needed a stronger campaign effort. Hey, the guy wanted to put my dad on the visitors bureau board. I know the Funk, but not really very close. He seems guarded. And he loves his wife and family. Maybe that love cut him off from others – I’m not sure. I wish Mark the best. A good person.
Here’s something else; the so-called genius era of Steve Gloriosso and Pat Gray seems to be over.
They’ve almost always had the winner, the guy who paid them to win. Last time out they won it was Kay Barnes. She bought Freedom and the other groups votes. This year it was Jim Rowland and he came in fourth – even with all his ad buys. So that magic is gone. Too bad for my dad Stan. Had they been this weak when Stan ran, he would have beaten Barnes.
I wish someone had, Christ!
Can KC be fixed? Yes, in time. It will take a council made up of people like Tracy Ward, who won the right to run in the 6th District. We need new and young thinkers, not lazy neighborhood do gooders.
Those people took our city from the top 15 in 1950 to the bottom of the top 30 in 2011.
Let’s try and light it up, shall we?
Let’s elect sharp, younger folks, like Ward. Hey, you got Jim Glover back but at least Ward beat out Chuck Eddie. Those are nice guys, but we need people who travel, look and listen.
The old ways broke this city, badly.
Get off your pulpits, people. Fix this mess. No strip clubs? Really? Now all those girls are hookers at the clubs – nice move, DO GOODERs. That kinda stuff never works, ask the Pilgrims. They burned witches. Yeah, how’s that working out?
It’s time to get real and move this city like Vegas, LA ,New York, Denver, Phoenix – even Omaha. And yes, even the next city to pass us by, Oklahoma City. Sorry but it’s true.
Lets wake up people. Get to work!