Hearne: Why Kansas City Won’t Get the Republican Convention

john_elway_5From first to worst?

There’s a reason Kansas City will not be getting the 2016 Republican Convention and it’s a lousy one, insiders say. Because KC mayor Sly James – a Dem by any other name – kicked “public affairs and corporate campaigns expert” Cathy Nugent – a Republican – to the curb in the city’s bid to land the big dance for the Cowtown.

“I don’t think Kansas City has a chance in hell of getting the Republican Convention now because of the way they played the game,” says one prominent civic leader. “They didn’t play the game ethically. They took an individual who spent two years trying to get the Republican Convention for Kansas City and then the mayor fucked up and got somebody else and took the process in house with another local Democrat and hired Kit Bond‘s wife to be a token Republican.”

Meanwhile back in the trenches, Nugent – who insiders agree would have been a hometown hero had KC landed the convention – is doing everything she can to prevent KC from getting it while steering the elephants towards Denver for whom she now works.

“Well, there’s an allegiance,” quips travel executive Jack Poessiger who continues to view KC as a long shot to land the Republicans. “The German’s have a word for this. It’s called schadenfreude. She’s getting schadenfreude.”

For the uninitiated, schadenfreude is defined as “satisfaction or pleasure felt at someone else’s misfortune.”

kc-2016Turning Nugent from hometown hero to hometown zero?

“I don’t see it that way,” Poessiger says. “If she’s a professional, she has to do what she has to do. I see it as a professional decision.”

Westport businessman Bill Nigro – who has worked with Nugent in the past – agrees.

“She’s not keeping Kansas City from getting the convention, Kansas City kept itself from getting the convention,” Nigro says. “By announcing that a bunch of Democrats – mainly the mayor – would be in charge of things.”

Moreover, Poessiger sees Denver as having considerable advantages over the Cowtown.

“Denver’s a good city for the Republican Convention and has an extremely good chance of getting it – better than Kansas City,” Poessiger says. “It’s a hot city for airlines, hotel rooms and public transportation and it’s a hip city. The only things going against it are they had a convention for Obama there and the new marijuana laws may not go over too well with conservative Republicans.”

Villagers-Assam-Injured-1Some insiders think KC may have been the front runner prior to Nugent getting sacked.

“You don’t take somebody who puts you in first place in the game and then pull her out in the fourth quarter for somebody else,” says a politico who asked not to be named.

Now that Nugent’s working for Denver, “I guess Kansas City should have thought of that before they kicked her off the team,” the source says. “Besides, Denver always hires the best quarterbacks.”

Nugent could not be reached for this column.

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11 Responses to Hearne: Why Kansas City Won’t Get the Republican Convention

  1. Mike says:

    Sounds like Cathy’s more than a little bit butthurt here. It doesn’t matter, she’s torched all her remaining bridges.

  2. tiad says:

    I wonder if K.C. has a chance in hell of landing Super the Bowl?

  3. hot harley says:

    kc never had a chance. They rolled out the old repubs like bob dole and that’s
    not whatthe repubs want.
    Denver won’t get it ….look for florida or maybe vegas.
    according to vegas confidential (nothing related to hearnes column)…the
    word is that vegas is at the top….
    by the time you pay the money…its not a money making deal….
    republicans….imean I thought the circus left town
    WITH ALL THE CLOWNS THEY’LL HVE RUNNING FOR PREZ IT WILL
    BE A FREAKING CIRCUS ANYWAY……
    I mean seriously….these people are boring…
    WHO NEEDS A BUNCH OF OLD WHITE GUYS BARELY ABLE TO WALK
    TOO OLD TO HEAR THE SPEAKER…..BARELY MAKINGIT TO THE
    SEATS….HAVING TO HAVE A HANDICAP AREA WITH 3000 SEATS…
    AND THATS WHAT YOU GET WITH THE REPUBS…

    now…acordingto chuckles…with the dems you get every:
    queer/s and m/escort/jig/African/socialist/communist/beaner/welfare queen/
    freak artist/ transgender/lesbian/somalian/Italian/heeb/marijuana smoker/
    illegal alien in the nation coming to town…..and let me tell ya…that would
    be onehell of aparty..
    dream on kc…..theres nothing to begained herer for rnc…they own
    Kansas and most of Missouri…..nothing to see here!!!!!!!

  4. the dude says:

    Not enough hookers and blow in KC, they would have to bring it a lot more of both to woo the elephunts.

    • hot harley says:

      didn’t you mean “walkers” and “oxygen tanks” for oldwhiteguys
      who makeup the republican convention.
      No bro’s…no Mexicans….no women…just old whitemen.

      • the dude says:

        No, I meant hookers and blow because these types love that crap even though they are ‘married and devout (insert random Christian denomination here)’.

  5. Hot Carl says:

    We were never getting the convention. Anyone that truly thought we could is delusional.

  6. James says:

    <<The only things going against it are they had the convention for Obama there two years ago <<<

    It was 2008

  7. hot harley says:

    Put deputy dawg (Wilson) on the power and light story. Have you read
    the crap that’s going on down there. Harley thinks theres a huge huge
    story down there and it goes to the bumbling fool mayor!!!!!!!!!
    Start off by verifying whats happening down there…look to city hall
    and what those people knew (my belief is that where there’s smoke..
    there’s fire)……then find out what REALLY is going on there….
    recent lawsuit was absolutely atrocious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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