TKC is reporting that Gloria Squitiro has, to no surprise, decided to jump into the mess that is Mayor Funkhouser vs. City Manager Cauthen.
In doing so TKC is reporting quote
"RUMOR HAS IT CO-MAYOR SQUITIRO HAS SUMMONED A FEW FRINGE MEMBERS OF KC'S BLACK CLERGY TO HER BROOKSIDE HOME IN ORDER TO PERSUADE THEM TO STAND DOWN DURING THE HEARING OVER THE FATE OF CITY MANAGER WAYNE CAUTHEN!!!
It's just another disappointing and silly "divide and conquer" tactic.
Even worse . . . Squitiro didn't even bother calling real leaders like Rev. Michael Brooks of the Concerned Clergy of Kansas City, Missouri or even Emanuel Cleaver III."
If this is true--TKC's tipsters are rarely wrong on tips concerning the mayor and city hall-- we have some serious problems with this for a number of reasons.
First, why is Mayor Funkhouser's staff allowing this to happen? Are they not capable of standing up and objecting to this move? Because doing so would certainly be in the best interest of the mayor.
It's absolutely clear that Squitiro is not in any way in the position to, nor capable of, negotiating anything concerning the city or the mayor. To start, she is not a Mayor staffer or a city employee in any way. Additionally, she is completely incoherent to common sense and smart politics --which explains why she has consistently taken a wrecking ball to the mayor's office as well as his political career.
Secondly, why are clergy members even attending these conversations when they know that (1) they have nothing to gain by attending conversations with Gloria Squitiro (2) Gloria Squitiro can't deliver any promises made to the clergy.
Last point we would like to make is that Gloria Squitiro's circus involvement in this matter as well as the mayor's apparent attempt to persuade the clergy on this matter further proves that there may not have been any substantial reason explaining why Funkhouser jumped the council all together and suspended Wayne Cauthen without notice-- other than pure politics.
Politics alone is not an explainable reason for the move--especially when you completely jump the council and avoid a hearing. Add that to the way that Mr. Cauthen was treated during the suspension, and what we get Kansas City is a very hefty lawsuit. A lawsuit that obviously will not result in Funkhouser having to come up with the money; because the buck will just be passed to us--the taxpayers of Kansas City.
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