Thursday, March 28, 2019
TKC BREAKING NEWS!!! ACTIVIST AND MAYORAL CANDIDATE CLAY CHASTAIN LAUNCHING $6-MILLION DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AGAINST KANSAS CITY STAR!!!
Here's the latest word from this town's most prolific transit activist as he wages a war against the Kansas City Star amid his mayoral campaign. Checkit:
Today, Clay files multi-million dollar lawsuit against Star for smearing his public reputation right before the mayoral election.
On March 25 (a day that will live in journalistic infamy) the leadership of the Kansas City Star launched a Pearl Harbor-style attack (profile series on mayoral candidates by M. Henneberger) on the only two anti-establishment candidates in the race for mayor - "General" Lee and Clay Chastain. And that is a shame because there are many good employees that work for the Star and the Star has advocated for some good things in the community. I guess Clay brings out the worst in the Star.
Anyway, the Star depicted Lee (who is a nice man who cares about Kansas City) as a "comedy act," "booed by the crowd" and motivated by "hate." Lovely profile.
The Star depicted me as an "angry" person (which I am not), as suffering from past "depression" (which I never have), who was also "booed" and "Jeered" by the crowd (only a few booed and jeered) and was "put on City Hall's Watch List for perceived threats against Mayor Sly James" (which I have never made). An even more lovely profile.
Even Sly himself has never accused me of threatening him with violence.
But our "paper for the people," thought they would just drop a nasty little cluster bomb on Clay's back (right before the election) to blunt his rising popularity in the polls. For the same reason, KCPT censored Clay, Klein and General Lee from participating in its big mayoral debate on public television.
The Star has a 25-year history of going after Clay because he has challenged (with his petitions) not only the City's leadership, but also the Star's as well.
Lately Clay has challenged, along with others, the Star's leadership in supporting...
#1. The shady Cordish P&L Entertainment District that now annually cost taxpayers $13 million a year to subsidize,
#2. The shady streetcar election that went around the sentiment of citywide voters,
#3. The shady "Slyport" deal that was misrepresented to voters and excluded allowing the voters to vote on a plan to remodel KCI.
#4. The shady convention hotel and luxury condo sweetheart tax incentive deals for developers, and
#5. The shady way in which City Hall has ignored and trashed valid petitions from the people - including mine - and overturned my 2006 light rail election victory.
Meanwhile, under the Star and the City's leadership Kansas City has not only vaulted to the 5th most dangerous City in America but is also burdened with oppressive taxes, neglected and decaying infrastructure, high debt, high water bills, stagnant population growth and a chronic under-performing public school system. Some "momentum" that is!!
But I have a hit piece for the Star - a multi-million dollar defamation suit.
The Star can try and make you think a certain way, but it can't make you vote a certain way. Vote your conscience and for the candidate you can trust to give priority to the issues average Kansas Citians care about and who has the best leadership skills and ideas to bring back our "City Beautiful."
Vote for Clay.
Mayoral candidate, Clay Chastain.
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