One of KC’s most influential business and civic leaders handicapped Tuesday’s mayoral contest for KCC…
And as some of you have noted, he didn’t quite get it right.
"Maybe your civic heavy hitter would like to weigh in on the chances of the Royals winning a World Series and the Chiefs getting into the Super Bowl!" cracked BarKeeper in the comments section. "Maybe sports is his strong suit, ’cause politics ain’t."
So, as promised, let’s take that trip back to the Horse’s Mouth and check out The Explanation.
"What happened was Mike Burke beat Deb Hermann up north worse than I thought he would," he says. "Mike Sanders had endorsed Hermann and (longtime political kingmaker) Jim Nutter gave her his financial support. And I thought that would translate into something more than it did. And Jim Rowland got nothing out of Freedom. You pay for that endorsement but it was worth nothing. So if you take what I missed on those two and add their votes into the other candidates – Burke and Sly James – that’s where I went wrong."
Other than those two surprises, the published forecast measured up pretty well; Klein got his 1 percent. Rowland got 13 versus a predicted 15. Funk got 21 versus 23. And Wheeler got 1 instead of 2.
The civic leader’s overview of the primary:
"I’ve got mixed emotions about Funkhouser," he says. "I kinda wished that he’d faced Burke – it would have been a more fun race to watch. But on the other hand, it was fun watching him get his ass handed to him.
With the candidates vowing to take the high road, what’s will happen with dirty tricksters like Steve Glorioso, Pat Gray and Jeff Roe where the mayor’s race is concerned?
"Somebody will get involved but these are both good guys. Kansas City totally won Tuesday night. I think you’ll see a very clean campaign. I agree that it’s hard to tell these two apart but I don’t think you’ll see anything except a very positive, issue-oriented campaign. They’re both smart guys."