Kansas City 4th District Council Contender Rizzo Earns FOP Endorsement As Incumbent Eric Bunch Suffers Bad Week

The Kansas City Fraternal Order Of Police recently announced an endorsement in the 4th District council contest. 

The FOP support longtime Northeast leader Henry Rizzo over incumbent Councilman Eric Bunch.

This is important for a lot of reasons but let's look at a few right now . . .

Council Dude Eric Bunch has been a constant critic of KCPD and even demanded the resignation of former Chief Smith.

Even more interestingly for voters . . .

It's still early in the contest and the FOP nod sends a clear message that detractors of councilman Bunch feel comfortable in announcing their opposition.

The KC FOP isn't making any other endorsements as of yet. 

Meanwhile . . . 

The councilman's former assistant and current activist Crissy Dastrup continues a low-key campaign that seems to be more focused on garnering support amongst social justice advocates and progressives who don't align with bike supremacy & streetcar promotion above all else . . . Her power move threatens to further erode the councilman's base. 

Insiders warn that there's a very real chance that council dude Bunch might not make it into the primary despite a clear cut advantage as an incumbent.

Remember . . .

Earlier this week councilman Bunch suffered EMBARRASSING REBUKE at a Northland Neighborhood meeting and he has been strangely quiet since . . . Not doing much to counteract some of the more virulent criticism directed his way that is taking hold amongst a growing contingent of the 4th District who reside across the bridge. 

Here's the main point for KC voters to take away .  . . 

The Kansas City, MO 4th District contest has taken shape and the FOP along with law enforcement proponents are boosting Henry Rizzo in a march to victory and greater political power for police amongst council. 

Mr. Rizzo has a strong history of public safety support throughout his career  . . . So this is a smart move ahead of election season.

Finally . . . 

What voters are witnessing might the the swan song for "transit-oriented" politicos who mistakenly believed their worldview would garner unquestioned support at 12th & Oak. Rather, it seems that millennial efforts have met with little success, growing skepticism and frustration with neighborhood and voter resistance to "transformative" schemes hoping to regulate human behavior by way of overly complex traffic rules.  

Four years ago Councilman Bunch represented a new hope for Kansas City's urbanist elite. Now, more pressing issues like public safety and economic reform have moved to the forefront.

Developing . . .