Wednesday, November 09, 2016
STATE SENATOR-ELECT JOHN RIZZO EMERGES FROM HISTORIC MISSOURI REPUBLICAN SWEEP AS KANSAS CITY DEMOCRATIC PARTY STALWART
Amid a massive tidal wave of Trump support and Republican dominance at the polls, John Rizzo eared an important achievement as the only newly elected Missouri Democratic Party State Senator last night.
His campaign was challenging and he didn't get any help from Kansas City's Democratic Party elite who were decimated at the polls last night.
Here's a rundown of the opposition and so-called "friendly fire" that confronted Mr. Rizzo:
- Some of the local unions double-crossed him and supported their cronies rather than his grassroots effort.
- The newspaper and many media outlets couldn't let go of old news and long ago political fighting that had been resolved in the minds of so many voters who have consistently sent State House Rep. John Rizzo back to Jeff City.
- A great many Midtown Kansas City Democratic Party women ran a divisive and vengeful primary campaign despite the fact that Rep. Rizzo has been a solid voice and vote for women's issues throughout his tenure.
An insider tells us:
"Johnny Joe winning last night is important because it shows that he has the support to stand on his own and his connection to the voters is based on him getting out there and talking to his constituents and supporting working people rather than taking his orders from Washington D.C."
During the course of his campaign Rep. Rizzo and his supporters knocked on over 6,000 doors and spent countless hours talking to just about every neighborhood and community group in his district.
What's disappointing and possibly lucky for the State Senator elect is that Kansas City's elite have excluded him from their private party. Mayor Sly James traveled to Columbia, MO to campaign for Democratic Party State Senate contender Stephen Webber rather than spend much time helping a Kansas City area Democratic Party closer to home. Webber lost last night.
Still, in the final analysis it was John Rizzo's dedication to his community and working people that powered him past Republican opposition and internal party strife has he earned a hard fought victory last night and in Kansas City he's last man standing among a historic Republican onslaught.