Insiders sent a quick message to our blog community that has implications for the upcoming KCMO election season.
First a look at the dox . . .
That's Henry Rizzo forming a new campaign committee for his council run in Kansas City's 4th District.
Even more interestingly . . . Insiders offer deets about the groundwork this political veteran has already undertaken.
"(Henry) Rizzo has always had a lot of support and now it seems his friends & neighbors are ready to back him up again. It makes sense . . . Nobody really likes the current councilman and, at the very least, Henry has always been very responsive to his constituents . . . The other guy doesn't answer calls or even return e-mails."
We've heard this statement echoed in recent reports. And here's even more insight . . .
"I think your readers are going to be surprised by the endorsements Rizzo picks up. Already I know of a couple of local groups and one very significant membership organization that's going to part ways with the incumbent and shift their resources -- That'll make the 4th a lot more competitive. It's still early but what I've noticed is Rizzo earning surprising support because voters in this part of KC really aren't happy with how things are going right now."
We agree that it's early but here's what stands out right now . . .
In Kansas City there has been a longstanding hope that social media, e-mail blasts and mobile phones will offer more opportunity, efficiency and optimization for campaigns.
We don't know how Henry Rizzo will leverage tech . . . But what we do understand from our lifetime residing & voting in Kansas City is that he's well-known as an enthusiastic campaigner with a vast network of personal contacts across the metro and Missouri . . . Henry Rizzo's campaigns have always utilized an intricate array of connections to community, biz & labor which might still prove more effective than so many other present day election efforts relying on automation to do the difficult work of rallying votes.
Developing . . .