The Kansas City Westside Problem With Latino Missouri Treasurer Candidate Pat Contreras
I was gonna skip this post but I figure it's better to make it quick rather than regret that I didn't write anything on a topic that's worthy of consideration . . .
Tomorrow, Pat Contreras could be one of the very select few Latinos to earn a statewide Democratic Party win in Missouri if he pulls off a primary upset . . . During his campaign he touted his Kansas City credentials and connection to the community in his press material . . . But here's the problem . . .
PRIOR TO RUNNING FOR POLITICAL OFFICE MOST PEOPLE HAD NO IDEA WHO PAT CONTRERAS WAS OR ANY OF HIS SO-CALLED ACCOMPLISHMENTS!!!
It's gets worse . . . A lot of his campaign rhetoric claims a connection to the Westside that simply can't be proven in action, word or deed. There are a lot of places to help out around this neighborhood given constant gentrification fighting, an uptick in burglaries or even helping the KCPD and their valiant CAN Center work . . . Pat Contreras wasn't involved in any of that . . . In fact, one of his relatives is a DJ who does a really great job with weddings and parties who has a much more widely acknowledged reputation on the Westside and Northeast than this Latino upstart candidate for Treasurer.
Like it or not, the candidacy of Mr. Contreras is simply about Missouri Democrats seeking more "diversity" in their line up with a guy who is a smart man with a great résumé but very little connection to the community that he claims to represent. Mr. Contreras attended a great school and he looks good in a suit but that's about his only qualification for Missouri Treasurer as far as I can tell.
And none of this is to say that Judy Baker is any better . . .
Again, this blog community doesn't make endorsements . . . But we know who Judy Baker is . . . Every Missouri Democrat understands that Ms. Baker is a constant loser who can't tear herself away from the political life and a desperate search for affirmation. Still, she's very honest about her affiliations and connections to the political game . . .
You decide but this one small post is the only bit of media offered to fact check a politico and a Democratic Party diversity effort that seems a lot like window dressing . . .