This just in…
In a Kansas City mayoral race that could end in a photo finish, an association of approximately 150 local bars and restaurants has thrown its support behind attorney Sly James, and is putting its mojo where its mouth is.
In addition to posting and distributing campaign materials in their places of business, the Kansas City Business Rights Coalition is throwing a pre-election victory party for James Sunday at the Beaumont Club in Westport.
"It’s Sunday night from 6 p.m. until midnight," says KCBRC head Bill Nigro. "It’s going to be a big service industry night with predominantly restaurant and bar people. There’ll be free beer and pretzels, two bands and a DJ and free admittance to the party for people who have a Kansas City Health or Liquor card. And The Federation of Horsepower is the main act – that’s one of Johnny Dare’s favorite local bands."
Oh, and one more thing…
"The next mayor of Kansas City, Sly James, will be there," Nigro says. "He’s our candidate for mayor."
What about mayoral wannabe Mike Burke?
"We didn’t endorse him but if he shows up, he’s more than welcome to have some free beer and pretzels," Nigro says. "I know Mike Burke and the reality is if he gets in Kansas City still wins.
"And Tracy Ward will be there. She’s our candidate for the City Council 6th District at Large. She’s the favorite candidate of the group because she’s been a service industry person for a long time."
How about former KC councilman Jim Glover who’s up for another term?
"We’re actually supporting John Crawford who’s running against him," Nigro says. "You know, we interviewed all the candidates and most of the group liked Crawford better.."
Group members screened each of the candidates before voting on which it would support.