TKC BREAKING AND EXCLUSIVE NEWS!!! JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE SANDERS STAYS WINNING FOR THIRD TERM NOW THAT VICTOR CALLAHAN TAKES "COMMISSION NERD" GIG!!!
In Kansas City, and ESPECIALLY IN JACKSON COUNTY, elections are decided long before voters make their way to the polls.
To wit . . .
JACKSON COUNTY INSIDERS OFFER AN IMPORTANT PERSPECTIVE ON THE RECENT VICTOR CALLAHAN APPOINTMENT TO THE STATE TAX COMMISSION!!!
Gov. Nixon appoints Victor Callahan to the State Tax Commission
It's a win/win for everybody but not in the way most people think . . .
Announced nearly in secret on New Year's Eve this appointment has one important implication.
WITH VICTOR CALLAHAN OUT OF THE WAY . . . JACKSON COUNTY EXECUTIVE MIKE SANDERS IS WITHOUT A FORMIDABLE OPPONENT FOR A THIRD TERM!!!
Sen. Callahan was sitting on top of a mountain of cash. He is a fearsome campaigner and there are very few people who would opt to tangle with the Eastern Jack Juggernaut.
As Missouri Democratic Party Chair, The County Executive obviously has the ear Gov. Jay.
And so. . .
JACKSON COUNTY INSIDERS COMMEND A MASTERFUL BIT OF BEHIND THE SCENES MANEUVERING IN ORDER TO "ENCOURAGE" THIS PLUSH APPOINTMENT FOR MR. CALLAHAN!!!
On his own, Mr. Callahan is obviously worthy of an appointment that would offer a nice opportunity to secure a state pension.
And . . . It has been suggested by Jackson County Insiders that it's far easier and much more pleasant to defeat potential opponents with acts of kindness and support rather than confrontation.
Accordingly . . .
- Mr. Callahan has a plumb appointment . . . Despite the fact that, Insiders say, "commission nerds" don't get the kind of political action to which the outgoing State Senator is accustomed. Then again, securing a retirement is a lot more important than bickering with other political d-bags.
- Jackson County Executive Mike Sanders no longer faces the prospect of a tough race with a well known mover & shaker.
- Gov. Jay rewards one of his fellow blue dog Democrats and earns yet another powerful ally.
And it's important to know that all of this is behind the scenes but above board, perfectly legal and how DEMOCRACY works despite the "good government" B.S. that is trotted out on cable TV talk shows.
One last thing . . .
LET'S NOT FORGET THAT NOT EVERYBODY LOVES THE COUNTY EXECUTIVE!!!
Hard feelings over layoffs, ongoing rivalries and other ambitious people abound.
Behind the scenes . . . People are "encouraging" Theresa Garza Ruiz to think about a run . . . It would be a long shot but would undoubtedly prove hilarious.
In the final analysis . . . All of this confirms a longstanding suspicion of most Kansas City political watchers who realize that voters are becoming less important in the local Democratic process. Natch.