Saturday, March 23, 2019
TKC READER: ACTIVIST CLAY CHASTAIN HURT HIS CANDIDACY WITH KANSAS CITY MAYORAL FORUM OUTBURST!!!
In the aftermath of the KCPT mayoral forum, most of our blog community noted that prolific petitioner Clay Chastain was the most captivating candidate.
However, in fairness, a recent note sent our way challenges this opinion and offers an alternative perspective . . .
"TKC, if you claim to be a responsible media outlet I believe that it is imperative that you offer more room for discussion of Clay Chastain's recent outburst at the Kansas City forum conducted by KCPT. I call it an outburst because Mr. Chastain was the only candidate who raised his voice and shouted at the audience. Over and over he screamed "Did you know that?" and misrepresented facts about City Hall. He ranted against our daily newspaper and even City Hall security which serves to protect everyone who enters the building.
Clay challenged and wrongfully downplayed the "momentum" of Kansas City but I suggest we look at what the current administration has achieved and compare it with his record. Mayor Sly James and his supporters on the Council have established a streetcar that continues to grow, we have a new convention center hotel under construction and now the airport is a go. We are repairing sidewalks and working to make KC best in all of the nation. Meanwhile, Mr. Chastain has big plans that are nothing more than drawings he carries around to public meetings. In the past 8 years KCMO has moved beyond sketches to building a very real and thriving Downtown. Does Clay Chastain know that? Because even he admitted that he only lives in our city part time.
Luckily, all of the candidates in the real debate conducted themselves with far more professionalism. In particular, Councilmember Jolie Justus offered a clear and concise view of her achievements and what she will do as the next Mayor. More than anyone else it seems that Jolie is ready to keep up Kansas City's momentum and she seems like the right woman for the job. I advise your readers to look beyond mere rhetoric and see the real milestones our city has achieved as our momentum carries us beyond angry naysayers like Clay Chastain and into a bright future. "
For those who haven't seen it already, here's another look at the forum:
We clipped Mr. Chastain's remarks as well.
You decide . . .