TKC MUST SEE!!! SHOW-ME ONE TIME KANSAS CITY POWER PLAYER DIANA KANDER RAGE AGAINST LOBBYIST TAG!!!
Kansas City political insiders know that Diana Kander was formerly one of the influential young people this town has ever seen in biz, tech and politics.
Over the years she transformed herself into a New York Times best selling author and sought-after consultant for start-ups and all kinds of biz.
However, now that her husband MO SecState Jason Kander is running a close race for Senate and has persistently attacked incumbent Sen. Roy Blunt's family for their political connections . . . The career track of Diana Kander is now in play.
The argument here is that Diana Kander transitioned out of politics as Jason Kander's career took off . . . Also there's a laughable line about an "aspirational biography" that's pure political spin but still worthy of note and a giggle.
To shed light on some of the info out there . . . While Ms. Kander was never a "formal" lobbyist working behind the scenes for Mayor Sly James and as a campaigner for City Council Candidate Doug Gamble . . . Like her husband, she was a strong advocate for the candidacy of Mayor Sly James while Jason Kander served as a Missouri House Rep.
Here she is getting huggy with former Mayoral Chief of Staff John McGurk at the inauguration of Mayor Sly years ago . . . For the record, Kansas City power player McGurk doesn't hug just anybody. TKC has never been able to secure even a casual embrace from the guy despite repeated requests.
More importantly, here's "DK" shaking her fist at the Blunt campaign and Missouri media asking the question about her alleged lobbyist career . . .
Missouri Times: Questions about Diana Kander’s desire to lobby in increasingly personal U.S. Senate race
Money line . . .
"While Kander has spent millions of dollars attacking Blunt for his wife’s occupation, new facts are coming to light that suggest that the Kanders haven’t always had such a pessimistic view of the lobbying profession.
"Diana Kander worked for Lathrop & Gage from 2005 to 2006, following a law school internship in Washington with the prestigious firm, which features a large government relations practice. During her time at the firm, Mrs. Kander’s biography, listed on the Lathrop & Gage website, stated that she assisted in lobbying efforts before Congress.
“She has also spent time working with the Washington D.C. affiliate of Lathrop & Gage by assisting in the lobbying efforts of major Midwest companies before the U.S. Congress,” reads her biography. “This work includes finding and advocating for new funding opportunities for special projects and monitoring critical developments in specific areas of the law.”
"The Kander campaign pushed back aggressively, stating that her biography was an “aspirational biography,” and it was not truly representative of her work at the firm. Regardless of whether the biography was aspirational, one key distinction between the Kander’s family and Blunt’s is that her work with the firm was done before her husband filed to run for a seat in the Missouri House of Representatives in 2008.
"Diana Kander forcefully responded to questions about Lathrop & Gage’s biography.
“I am not a lobbyist, have never been a lobbyist, and have never lobbied state or federal government in my entire life. Senator Blunt is maliciously spreading misinformation for his political gain about the beginning of my career, when I was an intern in Washington doing legal research and then was a first-year associate in Kansas City focusing on real estate law and representing clients in front of local boards for legal purposes. Missourians deserve better from Senator Blunt . . ."
The question is simple and we're putting it out here because it's yet another topic that Kansas City media will ignore . . .
WAS DIANA KANDER A LOBBYIST WHILST HER HUSBAND JASON HELD OFFICE???
It's not the worst thing in the world and I admire the profession much more than self-help book author . . . Still, given the SecState's full frontal assault on the Blunt family . . . The question is now fair play.
You decide . . .