Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser recently expressed a desire to be a superdelegate to the Democratic National Convention in August. As Mayor of one of the largest Midwest cities and a representative of the core of America’s heartland, Funkhouser has an excellent case to be one of two delegates selected by the state party.
However, word is that Kay Barnes and her hatchet man, Steve Glorioso, are pulling out all the stops to keep Funkhouser from being sent to Denver. It is no secret that Barnes and Glorioso despise Funkhouser. Each was involved in an insider campaign to keep Funkhouser from ever being elected. Each has targeted either Funkhouser or his staff with negative comments since the election.
As a former Kansas City Mayor, Barnes knows the importance of the position. So why would she deny her successor the elevated platform of attending a national convention as a voting member? One would think she would welcome that exposure for the city. Barnes claims to have Kansas City’s best interests at heart, but it is her own best interests that once again seem to be guiding her decision making process.