Word that Mark Funkhouser is hightailing it out of KC for a D.C. think tank sparked a bevy of Google searches by locals…
Funk is going to work for a new company called the Governing Institute. Which just happens to be owned by a company associated with Government Technology magazine that was sold two years ago to a media company whose top management include Scientologists, New York Times media writer Tim Arango reported in 2009.
The implication being something sinister might be in the offing. However Arango provided no evidence of Scientologist malfeasance in his story and there have been no followups subsequent to the initial handwringing.
"Good for him, I figured something like this might happen but I didn’t think it would happen this soon," former Funkhouser right hand man Joe Miller says of Funk’s move out of town.
As for any connections between Funk and/or wife Gloria to Scientology "There’s none," Miller says. "Gloria was actually pretty anti-religion and he’s sort of Judeo-Christian, but not practicing."
Nor is Miller worried about Scientologists hijacking the 25 year-old magazine.
"I think this is completely detached," Miller says. "Scientologists, even though they’re weird, their intellectual pursuits are somewhat reasonable from what I understand."