First impressions are important in Kansas City and, tragically, the new city manager endured a rough start to preliminary conversations with members of council this week.
Even lining up face-to-face meetings proved difficult for incoming city hall honcho Brian Platt.
A prominent urban council lady REFUSED to talk with him until his contract was officially approved despite previous complaints that Mr. Platt "wasn't reaching out to the community" in the midst of debate over his contract.
The tough talk escalated . . . And we've heard this story from three separate members of council at this point . . . Here goes . . .
Upon first meeting with a feisty council lady, she looked the new city manager directly in the eye and coldly, calmly told him: "You're only here because of white privilege."
That might be the most combative opening line offered inside council chambers in recent memory — That's quite an achievement given that there was no shortage of insults exchanged betwixt City Hall colleagues amid a tumultuous 2020.
Mr. Platt must have the patience of Job because he remained calm, cordial and continued his introduction.
To be fair, in this economy most locals would endure more than a bit of humiliation for $265K in salary and a free car.
Word of the tense meetup quickly circulated among the council and there's growing concern that Black council members will stonewall the new hire given that every African-American member of council voted against Mr. Platt's contract.
The only thing we know for certain is that there will be no shortage of opportunities for fighting in the very near future as more furloughs, layoffs and budget cutting will soon confront KCMO. Meanwhile, the continued impact of the pandemic remains one of the worst financial disasters to hit the nation since The Great Depression.
Developing . . .