Wednesday, September 20, 2017
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! BEHIND THE SCENES: BURNS & MAC SUPPORTERS TARGET KANSAS CITY POWER PLAYER BRIDGETTE WILLIAMS AMID RAGE OVER BUSTED BID!!!
The Kansas City new airport selection process continues to devolve into a political circus and now things are getting personal.
To wit . . .
KANSAS CITY INSIDER HAVE TARGETED POWER PLAYER BRIDGETTE WILLIAMS AMID THEIR DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO GET BACK IN THE GAME OR DESTROY THE NEW AIRPORT PROPOSAL ALTOGETHER!!!
For those outside of the loop but still want to learn more: Bridgette Williams is a longtime KCMO influencer currently serving as deputy director of the Heavy Constructors Association of Greater Kansas City, Chair of the Kansas City Economic Development Corporation (EDC) and, previously, with the Greater Kansas City AFL-CIO.
Before we get into that . . . Even the toughest critics of TKC are giving us a pat on the back for pointing out that Edgemoor wasn't registered to do biz in Missouri and that fact has quietly changed thanks to our blogging.
Now, here's a bit of the argument . .
"The Edgemoor Proposal includes, Bill Clarkson of Clarkson Construction, who also sits on the Board of Directors for the Heavy Contractors Association (HCA). In this $1 billion showdown you can bet Mr. Clarkson wants the project more than anything, placing Bridgette Williams in quite the pickle."
Again, Ms. Williams is connected to the Heavies.
THIS DOES NOT PROVE A CONFLICT but it shows a connection that supporters of Burns & Mac are willing to exploit for political gain as the process heads before Council.
More deets on the connection of Ms. Williams to the bidding:
"Many will recall her ascension from the AFL-CIO to the Director of the Heavy Constructors Association involved Edgemoor. As head of the Kansas City AFL-CIO Williams rallied local union leaders to support the Kit Bond Bridge bid involving Clarkson Construction and Edgemoor. Amid the completion of the Kit Bond Bridge, Bridgette Williams received her highly coveted position as Deputy Director at the Heavy Constructors Association."
Accordingly, the work of Ms. Williams as Chairwoman of the EDC evokes more ire from Burns & Mac supporters who demanded her allegiance and apparently didn't get it.
The conclusion from TKC TIPSTERS who side with the so-called "hometown team" . . .
"Our city council is obligated to consider these facts when deciding on the single terminal project. How they didn’t inquire about this deserves answers. Williams has compromised her role at the EDC. Now the Edgemoor project stinks worse than Indian Creek on a hot summer night."
And so . . .
Given MSM complaints about the busted bidding process and behind the scenes arguments against Kansas City economic leaders: Should Kansas City give Burns & Mac another shot??? Or is this 'sour grapes strategy' just a very smart tactic to kill the new airport and garner another "Hometown Team" shot at more than ONE BILLION DOLLARS up for grabs?!?
You decide . . .