After months of speculation, a formal recall procedure was launched yesterday against Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser. A former city hall employee has filed the paperwork, and claims she has backing to get the signatures needed for a recall.
The Source is thinking we should recall Mark Funkhouser, although in a different way.
We should recall that Funkhouser was a well respected city auditor who rubbed politicians the wrong way for years before he became mayor. It should be no surprise he is still doing that today.
We should recall that Mark Funkhouser ran a pretty straight forward campaign against the status quo and has, as far as we can tell, no hidden agenda. You get what you get with Mark Funkhouser, and you get what you voted for.
We should recall that the mayor’s first eight months in office have been pretty much what he told voters they would see. His concentration, for good or for bad, is not on wispy political issues but on substantive and critical policy.
We should recall that Funkhouser won both the primary and the general elections with the support of Kansas Citians who were tired of politics as usual in city hall. Recent revelations about contracts and back door dealings should be proof Funkhouser is needed.
It is interesting to The Source that a mayor who has promised, and is working hard at, fiscal responsibility, is so vilified. If any mayor needed to be recalled it was the previous mayor who has sent this city so far in debt it may take decades to recover.
Maybe voters in this city value style over substance. If so, Funkhouser obviously isn’t the right guy.