Kansas City proper is an exceptionally progressive town where activists often find refuge from far more conservative enclaves in the outskirts of the metro . . . Nevertheless, we're still not sure advocacy against law enforcement is a good look for an elected official.
Social media can be fickle and naive denizens of the local discourse might be easily tricked into believing that likes & shares equal political capital even if Internets clicks have NEVER been an accurate assessment of political support.
Don't worry, we have examples . . .
- Another data point worth a peek: Growing share of Americans say they want more spending on police in their area
Here's a hint that this national trend in support of police plays out locally . . .
And so . . .
All of this brings us to Kansas City council members UP FOR REELECTION who have seemingly pinned their hopes to anti-police activist & protester chatter . . .
First District Councilman Kevin O'Neill - Behind the scenes this council dude was instrumental in the recent FAILED COUP against the KCPD Chief and his colleagues tell us he was EFFUSIVE with his praise when he mistakenly believed that Police Board Commish Dawn Cramer was going to flip on the Chief.
Sixth District-at-Large Councilwoman Andrea Bough - She's Kansas City's top ranking "limousine liberal" right now and despite the fact that her hubby is a federal judge . . . She's was a major proponent of snagging the police budget and handing it over to the Mayor's unmarked slush fund. To be fair, of all the council members she's unlikely to feel any consequences for her political record given her high ranking Democratic Party connections and bigger bank account than any potential challenger.
Fourth District Councilman Eric Bunch - Let's not forget that this bike lane champ demanded the resignation or removal of the Chief nearly a year ago. Since that time he has been at the forefront of BLM protests and a strident activist against KCPD. Whilst Midtown KC will always be a wonderfully weird place; new gentry and biz owners might not think that outright political confrontation with the cops is a smart way to go. Moreover, the tiny threshold that it takes to win over this part of town makes it the most fickle of all council districts in Kansas City.
And so . . .
We so ask our blog community . . .
As the next police budget fight moves closer . . .
WILL ANTI-POLICE COUNCIL MEMBERS STAY IN POWER?!?!
You decide . . .