There's no arguing with a simple fact: Kansas City is a disaster right now.
The campaign season political blame game is working overtime as we approach the November vote but here in this cowtown there have been serious questions about the leadership of Mayor Quinton Lucas from "many sides" of the political spectrum.
From our friends and neighbors on the East side, there has been frustration with Mayor Lucas for his inability to take a bold stand against the KCPD Chief Smith and force a vote on the removal of the top cop.
Small biz leaders throughout the area complain about the double standard of coronavirus restrictions.
And many of our suburban pals and readers regret supporting Mayor Q given this strident advocacy for social justice and willingness to walk hand in hand with Black Lives Matter protesters. With no mask . . . No less.
All of these concerns sparked the recall effort that has now come back around and looks a even more serious at second glance than this snarky blog anticipated.
To wit . . .
TKC EXCLUSIVE!!! WE'RE FIRST TO TALK WITH 'TAKING KC BACK' ORGANIZERS ABOUT THE RECALL REDUX AND THEIR PLAN OUST MAYOR LUCAS!!!
In our brief talk with the group we wanted to focus on questions that local MSM didn't cover. Sure, we had some fun jokes at their expense but mainstream reporters from legacy dead-tree media were quick to tag the group as racist without hearing what they had to say . . .
Accordingly . . . In classic post-faux-hipster fashion we ask the TOP FIVE questions about the recall and hope to start the latest & greatest kc political conversation that doesn't involve threats or tough talk but instead continues our quest for knowledge and somewhat-fun-facts . Check-it . . .
TKC: What’ll be different about the recall this time???
"We’re taking a much more deliberate and organized approach. We are running this more like a campaign therefore, we have formed a PAC through the MEC. We recognize the need to be able to reach a much wider audience. We also need to do a better job of conveying our true message and not allow ourselves to be painted into specific corners by politicians who just want to hold on to power. We have a great team in place. We meet weekly and communicate multiple times a day. We are utilizing each of our talents in a more effective and efficient way."
TKC: What did you learn about the recall process???
"We learned during the last recall that it’s a much more difficult undertaking than we thought. We didn’t have a solid plan. None of us had done something like this previously and it showed."
TKC: Why should someone sign up for the recall again???
"We’ve seen the effects of Mayor Lucas’ leadership and policies on our city and it’s been disastrous. Innocent people, most tragically children, have been gunned down in unprecedented numbers just in the short time since Mayor Lucas took office. Over 400 small businesses have had to permanently close their doors, and countless workers have been left unemployed, due to arbitrarily applied health restrictions. Note that not one big box store has ever been investigated or shut down by Mayor Lucas’ Health Department. Under Mayor Lucas’ leadership, the city’s public safety proposed budget has been slashed, which will inevitably make Kansas City and the surrounding areas much less safe. Kansas Citians are hurting like never before and Mayor Lucas continues to turn a blind eye and deaf ear. We just don’t see it getting better and simply cannot afford to wait to vote him out."
TKC: What would you say to somebody who thinks the group is racist???
"It’s interesting to note that during the initial recall, we had many African-Americans sign. Several of the organizers as well as numerous people that signed the first petition voted for Mayor Lucas. There are many areas where Mayor Lucas’ leadership (or lack thereof) has adversely effected all Kansas Citians, whatever their race or background. It’s also important for Kansas Citians to know that we have begun the vetting process for a new KC Mayor. The potential candidates are racially diverse. If any of your readers are interested in running for Mayor we would love the opportunity to talk with them."
TKC: A lot of skeptics disagreed with the pro-Trump sentiments posted in the Facebook group despite their own frustration with Mayor Quinton Lucas . . . Given that Jackson County traditionally votes Democrat, how will you reach out to voters who might support the recall but not Prez Trump???
"We have a new Facebook page. There is an inherent problem with trying to coordinate a Facebook group. That is that anyone can post anything at any time. We’re doing our best to police the posts and comments to keep things on topic, but every once in a while, something slips through. Our recall effort has absolutely nothing to do with President Trump or any other national politician. This isn’t a democratic or republican issue. Our sole focus, for now, is recalling Mayor Lucas so that a new leader, who truly cares about Kansas Citians, can be elected and help our city begin to heal."######################################
Here's the group's website with links to their social media outlets as well . . .
Tonight, the group will launch an evening kick-off rally at Repeal 18th and North Kansas City 6:30 PM
Developing . . .