Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Kansas City Mayor Sly Rebukes Quinton Lucas: Newsies Attempt To Explain Why
Here's our blog community captivating headline that's just a bit more fun than cowtown politics . . .
MAYOR SLY VS. QUINTON LUCAS HATERATION OVER MEXICAN CRABS!!!
A quick story to explain . . .
Lil' TKC was taught this life lesson as a youngster and the tale was given a Mexican spin but the story remains the same:
A man was walking along the beach and noticed another man casting his fishing line over the end of a pier. As the first man drew closer to the fisherman, he saw that the bait bucket had no lid, and to his surprise, it was full of sea crabs crawling on top of each other. Knowing the crabs could certainly escape, the man wondered why there was no lid. He asked the fisherman, “Why isn’t your bait bucket covered so the crabs won’t escape?”
The fisherman explained, “You need to understand that if there’s a single crab in that bucket, yes, it could certainly escape. However, since there are so many if one tries to crawl out, the others grab onto it, making sure it can’t escape so it will meet the same fate as the rest of them.”
The moral of the story can relate to ethnic rivalry or just plain old political jealousy but it basically understand an essential truth: We don't want people like us doing better than us.
And all this is prelude to a much more wonky explanation that's less likely to be correct . . .
Pitch: How do Sly James and Quinton Lucas really feel about each other?
"But James’ comments, particularly since the primary, indicate not just support for Justus but some hostility toward Lucas. The mayor could not be reached for further discussion about Lucas, but two factors are likely in play.
First, Lucas has proven to be perhaps more independent than James might have expected or appreciated . . .
The problem is, Lucas often positioned his ideas as alternatives to initiatives that James was already rolling with. To say the mayor did not appreciate the input is something of an understatement.
There’s also this: James is fiercely loyal to his friends, sometimes to the point of unreasonableness. The three incoming council members he was slowest to warm up to in 2015 — Teresa Loar, Katheryn Shields, and Heather Hall — all defeated candidates that James liked and worked well with. He may simply be angry at Lucas for having the temerity to take on Justus in the general election."
You decide . . .