Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Recall on its Way? Show Me . . .

Yesterday, the Recall activists turned in 13,000 new signatures in support of their effort to force a recall vote on Mayor Funkhouser. While some proponents of recall are declaring victory, such a claim is premature. A large percentage of their initial batch of signatures were invalid; a similar percentage for this batch would result in the effort falling almost exactly at the cut-off point.

Even if enough signatures are gathered, legal questions about the sufficiency of the grounds stated will need to be considered by the courts, and, of course, nobody has emerged as a strong candidate to replace the Funk.

I'm not saying it won't happen, but I am saying I'm not convinced it will. The next few weeks are going to be interesting.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dan, any chance of getting Jason Kander to run? He has proven himself as a leader.

The way he handled the police board and got them to reverse their bigoted decision that denied domestic partnership benefits really demostrated that he could knock heads together if necessary.

5/26/2009 7:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What about Beth for Mayor?

5/26/2009 7:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Beth WAS mayor? I get so confused when it comes to Beth.

5/26/2009 8:20 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My six year old is a stronger candidate than the Funk. Although his stubbornness is about on par with the Funk's.

5/26/2009 9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 8:20 a.m. -- not yet, but she has done great things for Kansas City and has a bright political future.

5/26/2009 10:12 AM  
Anonymous Patrick Tuohey said...

I just read the petition and I am inclined to agree that the legal standing is weak. Points one and two relate to nepotism and that has yet to be shown--one ought not be recalled just for facing accusations.

This is the same situation for point three: Bates' lawsuit. It has yet to be settled, and one ought not be recalled just for being sued.

My points have nothing to do with how the Mayor has performed. I think the recall petition is, at the very least, premature.

5/26/2009 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that Jason is continuing his self-promotion campaign for higher office, even before he has completed one term in his current job.

5/26/2009 1:16 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Hey Dan, any thoughts about the fact that at the least, the recall effort will come within a hairsbreadth of sending the Funk packing?? And if they have the correct number of certified signatures it would seem that the people woke up and looked to rid themselves of him?

Would this be "Historic??" If the threshold number of petitions IS reached, would you support a recall election? Would this indicate to you that the Funk may not be so well liked among the general public or regular, Orange Revolution voter crowd?

What Say Ye Dan about this?

5/26/2009 1:50 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 10:12 am: Agreed.

5/26/2009 3:44 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Is the the same Patrick Tuohey who ran the Light Rail Opposition Campaign for Nutter? Wow! I am surprised that you would share this particular opinion with all of us. And I am stupefied that you feel this way...

5/26/2009 5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As to Beth Gottstein... the New Reform Temple needs you Beth. Stick with us, leave the Mayor's Race to others.

5/26/2009 5:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What does her religion have to do with her running for office?

5/26/2009 6:27 PM  
Anonymous Proud of Funk said...

Well, Dan, regardless of what happens, you can hold your head high.

You are one of the last supporters of Funk beyond his immediate family, and you should hold your head high.

Mayor Funkhouser best exemplifies your values in public service. Don't listen to the critics.

Work tirelessly for his re-election.

And know that you are on the side of the best public service has to offer.

5/26/2009 8:16 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Hello... Moon to Proud of Funk!!! The best that Public Service has to offer????? This deranged lunatic Funk has brought shame, embarrassment public humiliation fiscal insanity as well as fiscal sloth to our City. What about the endless lawsuits and public conflict, the increase in the racial divide, the continued deaf ear he turns to the public will and his otherwise lying dysfunctional hateful ways? These are hallmarks of exceptional public service??? I would hope that the KCMO School district adds a module on to civics or KC history class about how not to be a public servant and uses the Gruesome Twosome as the only example.

5/26/2009 8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 627PM... Beth's religion has nothing to do with my comment. If she were a member of Visitation Parish, I'd say stay there and help them out, Beth.

In the mean time, no need to make this a Jewish issue... those people have enough to worry about anyway.

5/26/2009 8:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth has time for outside interests and to be Mayor.

5/26/2009 9:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Definitely. She would make a great mayor.

5/27/2009 6:38 AM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Kansas City Mayor Beth Gottstein? Who knows? Meanwhile, we are about to find out if we are going to get to vote for Beth or anyone else for Mayor in a short while...

Tick tick tick Gruesome Twosome!

5/27/2009 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beth as Mayor? Of Sesame Street, right?

5/27/2009 11:52 AM  
Anonymous Lance said...

Seems to me that the citizens ought to be able to recall one of their servants in government for for no reason other than the fact that it is the will of the people.

The idea that the constituency must proffer a legal argument to remove someone from office smacks of contract law. If there is a contract between the Mayor and the citizens of KC, what are the terms of the Mayor's obligations? I think a more appropriate analogy would be that of an "at will" employee and the boss: no reason need be given to terminate the relationship, just an expression of the desire to terminate it.

5/27/2009 11:53 AM  
Blogger Jako Sunshine said...

There is a large percentage of the public that understands that “the Funk” is the only one between them and political corruption in KC.

Organized crime is quietly planning their next steps while people like inafunkabout spew a diatribe about inept public servants.

The CCCP is keeping their finger on the trigger just in case some judge decides to interfere with the next "election".

5/27/2009 11:54 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The charter is pretty clear on the recall. Proof is not needed. Only allegations suffice. If that's not good enough for you, don't sign the petition and vote no on the recall.
I regret I voted for Funkhouser. Actually, I had regrets since before he took office, when I heard that Gloria wanted to run the show. This election can't come soon enough.

5/27/2009 12:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What is wrong with Beth? Why wouldn't you be thrilled to have her as Mayor?

5/27/2009 2:22 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

1 because beth sees people who are not there

5/27/2009 3:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

By the way, Gloria was on the phone today at a Danny O'Neill's coffeehouse in Brookside. She was talking very loud on a cell phone about hiring the same advertising guy who did the campaign to run ads that build public support for a legal challenge to the recall. She was talking about print and online ads. Funk was no where to be seen.

5/27/2009 3:36 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon 3:28 p.m. -- don't be ridiculous.

5/27/2009 6:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"There is a large percentage of the public that understands that “the Funk” is the only one between them and political corruption in KC."

Take off your tin foil hat there, sonny....

5/27/2009 7:34 PM  
Anonymous Crossed Miller said...

I heard Gloria talking to a smudge stick about the color of her wee, wee.

(Get a life people!)

5/27/2009 7:39 PM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

By the way, Gloria was on the phone today at a Danny O'Neill's coffeehouse in Brookside. She was talking about print and online ads.

The Gruesome Twosome don't have two nickels to rub together and Jim Nutter Sr is no longer with them. Unless Jorge Black and Jeff Roe want to kick in their own money, we won't be seeing any ads against the recall from the Funkhousers.

Funk was no where to be seen. ---> as has been the case for most of his term of office. Maybe he was at his Johnson County Personal Business Office? Or at the Library having a official city business meeting all by himself...

Who knows and who cares? If the recall petition stands, it will be the end of his Grand Adventure and our Municipal Nightmare.

5/27/2009 8:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jeff is being paid.

5/29/2009 7:02 AM  
Anonymous inafunkaboutthefunk said...

Jeff Roe is getting paid? By whom? Clearly the Funk/Funk Campaign Treasury is penniless. Where is the money coming from to pay for his efforts on behalf of Mayor F?

If I remember correctly, he does have a staffer on the City payroll paid for out of the Mayor's Budget.

5/29/2009 2:23 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Quid pro quo

5/29/2009 10:51 PM  

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