Sunday, December 31, 2017
TKC SUNDAY SPECIAL!!! EXEC FRANK WHITE FINISHES 2017 AT WAR WITH ALL THREE BRANCHES OF JACKSON COUNTY!!!
During a tumultuous 2017 at the Jackson County Courthouse the legacy of Frank White was transformed from a baseball hall of fame player to that of an embattled politician.
To wit . . .
INSIDERS WARN THAT JACKSON COUNTY EXEC FRANK WHITE CONFRONTS FULL BLOWN WAR AGAINST EVERY BRANCH OF JACKSON COUNTY GOVERNMENT!!!
Let's review . . .
First up, Team Frank White's has feuded with the Sheriff's office throughout his tenure but debate over budget allocations brought the dispute to the public eye. The reality is that Exec Frank White has a chilly relationship with the law enforcement branch of Jackson County and there is little chance for improvement given a continued money crunch brought on by problems with the jail.
Further up the food chain . . .
In a recent press release, Exec White expressed disappointment with the Prosecutor's office for its participation in enacting "unlawful ordinances" that stripped away control of the COMBAT anti-crime program from the Exec. Behind the scenes, Courthouse politics and competing personalities have put these two interests at odds. More to the point, Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker made an early decision to limit her support of the new Exec and that proved to the beginning of an inevitable fight.
Finally . . .
The Jackson County Legislature has united against Exec White and basically nullified his authority in office. Without the power to influence votes or win by way of executive order or veto . . . At this point, Exec White is nothing more than a figurehead.
The forecast for 2018 . . .
Insiders explain that the only hope Exec White has of turning the tide is to help raise money and attention for opponents to his opposition on the Legislature during election year 2018. This will take a great deal of work and a concentrated effort - Like it or not, Exec White hasn't shown much interest in learning the intricacies of Courthouse politics over the past year and it remains to be seen if he'll roll up his sleeves and do the kind of grunt work required to oust, replace and threaten his political opposition.
In the meantime . . .
Expect continued beef betwixt Exec White and just about every other politico in Jackson County.
Developing . . .