Friday, December 27, 2019
Kansas City Mayor Sly Sign Of The Times
This book wasn't a Christmas gift, just took a quick glimpse at a leftover copy in a store that was selling far more coffee than than reading material.
In a brief glimpse at the smallish tome it was easy to tell that former Kansas City Mayor Sly James is attempting to rewrite his history and spin his reputation as a street lawyer into something slightly more respectable . . . That's too bad, because he was one of the greatest street lawyers in Kansas City history.
The former mayor dedicates far too much time to conversations with newspaper columnist Dave Helling who didn't really have much of an impact on his tenure. Our TKC blog community didn't merit a mention which is unfortunate because we basically led his opposition and broke news about every one of his notable defeats.
Still, the political memory of the public is fleeting and already most locals have forgotten a leader who was, at one time, an exceptionally popular Kansas City celebrity who ultimately walked away from political life with very little lasting influence and a legacy as a leader who expended every ounce of his credibility for the benefit of developers.
You decide . . .