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.”
“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.”
“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.