Monday, August 03, 2020
YEAR ONE REPORT CARD: IS KANSAS CITY MAYOR QUINTON LUCAS WINNING AMID CORONAVIRUS, RISING HOMICIDES AND BLACK LIVES MATTER PROTEST?!?
More than anything else, the exceptionally likeable Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has suffered criticism for being far too reasonable, wishy-washy and bit of a flip-flopper.
Whilst he is a lawyer by training, unlike former Mayor and groundbreaking litigator Sly James, Mayor Q is not an exceptionally inspiring or eloquent orator. As Councilman and now leader of KCMO, Quinton Lucas rose to power because of his hyper-intelligence, shrewd analytical ability and his calm nearly methodical political style. The young mayor has yet to be outmaneuvered as his opposition who only grow more aggressive in hopes of forcing the politico into a corner. So far, the mayor remains clean and untarnished despite a great deal of mudslinging thrown his way.
If the Mayor has a super power . . . It's his prudent brilliance that avoids most pitfalls and allows him to quickly retreat without pride from negative political entanglements.
And now the bad . . .
At heart the Mayor is a boring law lecturer. His willingness to please anyone leaves EVERYONE unhappy. His calculated political moves are often deemed insincere by both critics and allies.
Behind the scenes . . . The mayor's new school supports staff mistakenly think they're every bit as smart as the mayor and they're most certainly not. His core group of hipster lackeys are starting to anger council colleagues and the biz community with a mistaken sense of entitlement and elitism. This is Kansas City after all and denizens of the cowtown have little patience for assistants already calculating D.C. Beltway influence before their term inside the loop is finished.
On specific issues . . .
The Coronavirus shut down was an overall win for the mayor despite small biz complaints. Local media politely ignoring the laughable 10-10-10 plan was a gift as the Mayor quickly backed off enforcement but still claimed a victory. Moreover, the news cycle quickly forgot about Mayor Q's mask snafu . . .
BLM, civil unrest & continued protests have been tougher for the mayor to answer . . . He has earned praise from critics for siding with protesters but a recent demand for him to "pick a side" has thwarted his credibility with activists and police alike. Going forward, local control questions and other social justice efforts will offer a clearer policy appraisal of Mayor Q on the delicate balance between support for law enforcement and more reasonable demands for police accountability.
The Kansas City Murder Rate: The mayor imagined he could lower the homicide count to under 100 and this year that hope has been dashed. Sadly, neither politicos nor social justice activists have shown a consistent interest in stopping the slaughter on local streets. And so, while the lack of progress on the KCMO murder count might be his most serious failure as a leader . . . It's an issue where he'll encounter the least criticism from the mainstream media or political opposition.
Accordingly, here's the headline view of Mayor Q at year one . . .
KCTV5: Assessing Quinton Lucas’ first year as Mayor
Now, we ask readers to gauge the progress of this politico presiding over Kansas City amid unprecedented times.
You decide . . .