Tuesday, June 13, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE BEHIND THE SCENES!!! RAMPANT CITY HALL 'BID RIGGING' FEAR HURTS CHANCES OF EASY BURNS & MAC KANSAS CITY NEW AIRPORT VICTORY?!?!
Embarrassing political fumbling and misplaced trust in the power and popularity of Mayor Sly's office along with the newspaper's inability to influence locals has seemingly worked against one of the biggest companies in Kansas City.
To wit . . .
CITY HALL CHATTER ABOUT BID RIGGING TERRIFIES TEAM SLY AND OTHERWISE BOLD DENIZENS OF THE CORPORATE WELFARE GAME!!!
Most people don't know how municipal contracts are won and/or lost but the corrupt no-bid start to airport talks were an obvious detriment to the discussion and raised the ire of far too many locals.
Now that City Hall is moving in another direction with more time for the process and work to devise a new Request For Proposal . . . The early start for Burns & Mac has hobbled the effort of the company to win what could have been a slam dunk.
The word according one City Council insider:
"None of us are willing to go to jail over this . . . We need the discussion over the future of the airport to be open, transparent and fair . . . When people mention bid rigging. Even Sly's biggest fans start to sweat."
Remember that bid rigging is part of the corruption claims that found the former Mayor of Detroit in jail. And for a time, people loved that guy.
Sadly, bid rigging is commonplace and really one of the best reasons to get into politics.
Nevertheless, the mere mention of this nasty term sends local into a panic.
More inside chatter about the process overall:
"Sly is backing off because he knows that a billion dollar project is too big to do wrong. This kind of thing could literally destroy the finances and image of Kansas City for years. Giving away all of the airport revenue isn't something that we're going to do over a nice scotch. I'm glad to see the Mayor and his pals realize that tweeting and complaining on message boards isn't going change the need for us to fulfill our duty to get the best deal for Kansas City and the future of the airport."
Additionally . . .
To be fair, amid all this background fear about bid rigging, look closely and Burns & Mac is quickly changing their rhetoric, welcoming competition and trusting in their company's reputation to win the EPIC contract rather than relying on Mayor Sly's fiery speeches and causal dismissal of insider influence on this deal.
And so . . .
It's not newspaper editorials or blogging or the rhetoric of d-bag consultants on chat shows that has changed the airport conversation . . . It's the fear of a single term that might cost a YUUUGE local company more than a billion bucks and has redirected the otherwise bold supporters of a Mayoral administration who were ready to to leave their legacy but now seem much more timid about their pie-in-the-sky dreams.
Developing . . .