TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! TIPSTERS NOTE THAT MISSOURI DEMOCRAT LEADERSHIP CONSPIRED AGAINST REP. JONAS HUGHES WITH OUTGOING GOP SPEAKER TILLEY!!!
First of all . . . For a really great perspective on Missouri GOP politics, take a look at a really informative and insightful interview with outgoing Missouri GOP Speaker Steve Tilley.
Now . . . Buried in this glimpse at GOP politics in the Show-Me State is a bit of news that would have gone otherwise unnoticed but STILL should impact Kansas City Democrats in a very profound way.
To wit . . .
THE GOP STEVE TILLEY EXIT INTERVIEW REVEALS THAT MISSOURI DEMOCRATIC LEADERSHIP WAS ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST A REP. JONAS HUGHES DURING HIS ETHICS COMMISSION FLAP!!!
Here's the money line from Mr. Tilley . . .
"The Democrats called me when Jonas Hughes had his difficulties with ethics and everything and asked me to call for his resignation. I didn’t do that, and then four months later we are in a redistricting battle where I need four democrats to override the Governor’s veto. The same Democrats that wanted me to call for his resignation were the ones telling him, hey you need to stay on the team, you need to be with us. I was able to call him into the office and say listen Jonas, the same guys that tell you about team right now, were the same guys calling me and asking me to call for your resignation. Did you ever see that from my office? He was like, “no Steve, I didn’t”. I said that should tell you something.
"SEMO TIMES: How’d he vote?
"Tilley: He voted with us and that changed the dynamics in Missouri politics today. Russ Carnahan is no longer in politics because of redistricting."
Now . . . We know that Mr. Jonas Hughes isn't universally beloved in his own district but a bit of party loyalty isn't too much to expect.
More to the point . . .
AS OF LATE MISSOURI DEMOCRATS HAVE AN ABYSMAL RECORD WHEN IT COMES TO DIVERSITY AND THIS REPORT OF THE LEADERSHIP ACTIVELY WORKING AGAINST AN EASTSIDE ELECTED OFFICIAL IS A BOMBSHELL THAT MIGHT HAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR RELATIONS WITH THE MINORITY COMMUNITY!!!
Accordingly . . .
THIS CONFIRMS THE SUSPICION FOR MANY KANSAS CITY PEOPLE OF COLOR THAT KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATS OFTEN TAKE THEM FOR GRANTED!!!
In an election year . . . This perception is dangerous and might also create further tensions down the road.
DEVELOPING . . .