Sunday, May 21, 2017
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! EAST SIDE WORKHOUSE CASTLE SUPPORTERS COME OUT AGAINST COUNCIL DUDE JERMIANE REED FOR MAYOR!!!
We're posting this on Sunday so we're gonna try to be nice.
Here are the facts.
The TKC blog community reported Council Dude Jermaine Reed's mayoral ambitions at the Start of May.
Over the weekend The Star finally caught up to our news with the formal announcement from the young contender.
Now . . .
SUPPORTERS OF THE VINE STREET WORKHOUSE CASTLE GROUP RAGE AGAINST THE CANDIDACY OF COUNCIL DUDE REED!!!
There are a lot of moving parts and allegation but let's just get to the crux of the argument so readers can make their own decisions.
Quote . . .
"A local city councilman announces his candidacy for Mayor of Kansas City, MO just a year and a half after robbing The Workhouse - Kansas City Historic Castle of becoming a beautiful viable community center and stepping-stone for the revitalization of the Jazz District . . . "
Now, that part of the quote is opinion but the allegations get far more specific in a post that is public and local political denizens should read for themselves.
Quick refresher for those who don't know . . . City workhouse castle or Vine Street workhouse castle is a castle structure located at 21st and Vine in Kansas City, Missouri. Abandoned since 1972. The castle has a rich history and a frustrating record of renovation projects that have never proven effective.
Supporters of the latest effort seem to blame Councilman Reed for "robbing" them of an opportunity at success among other things and their message is building momentum on social media.
And example and photo from the group:
Now . . . The Workhouse complaints are related to financial, management and leadership issues that should concern every KCMO voter. But criticism of Council Dude Reed gets much worse . . .
Again, because this is Sunday and I want to be nice and TKC also forgives the Council dude and takes the blame for any and all of the uncomfortable and "more hostile than needed" brief chats we've exchanged over the years . . .
COUNCILMAN JERMIANE REED NEEDS TO DROP OUT OF THE MAYORAL RACE BEFORE EVEN MORE NASTY SCANDALS BECOME PUBLIC!!!
TKC isn't going to break any "news" that isn't relevant to the lives of voters, taxpayers and denizens but there are a lot of social media denizens and competing news organizations that won't show that kind of restraint.
Councilman Jermaine Reed deserves fairness and even a break given that he was once the youngest Council member in Kansas City history. His career hasn't had many highlights as his own constituents have been angry at him over his support of the streetcar with 3rd District PIAC funds and Conservatives celebrated when the former KCPD Chief Of Police publicly SMACKED DOWN COUNCILMAN REED'S RACIAL ARGUMENTS about policing of African-American youth on the Plaza. Still, former Councilman John Sharp helped mentor the newbie politico and his connections to Congressman Cleaver and activist Alvin Brooks have kept him largely above the fray.
However, the level of anger, discontent and frustration with Councilman Reed from many of his constituents threatens to become personal as the Mayoral election moves closer. Example: About half a dozen local activists sent messages our way and couldn't believe the newspaper report was factual given so much community gossip that already exists regarding the 3rd District Council Dude.
While the possibility of scandal confronts every politico . . . As a young, impeccably dressed, powerful and ambitious Kansas City politician, Councilman Jermaine Reed is just a bit more vulnerable to social media gossip than his competitors . . . For reasons that are widely understood and some that might soon be made public.
Developing . . .