Kansas City Council Forums Have Failed Us

Friday follow-up . . . 

Yesterday afternoon TKC reported council dude Bunch remaining entrenched in "defund the police" rhetoric that has mostly been shunned amid a devastating rise in American crime.

Political coward tardy dude that he is . . . Council dude Bunch dropped out of showed up EXTREMELY late to a Northland forum using an excuse of an admittedly adorable tweet of his family. He's not the first politico to hide behind his youngsters, but his social media share might actually prove effective for voters with any compassion. Thankfully, here at TKC we are initiated against theatrically and deception and so we're not afflicted with anything resembling political sympathy. 

Similarly . . . 

This week council dude has been slapping small biz and whole swaths of the city in the face. We can only guess that they might hold a grudge . . . Even if low turnout will influence this election more than any other factor. 

And all this leads us to a simple conclusion for Friday . . .


OR . . .

COVID might've killed neighborhood politics. 

In fact . . . What we've seen is more than a few faux forums attempt to fake a consensus along with well-meaning gatherings attended only by a smattering of old school voters. 

Read more via www.TonysKansasCity.com links . . .

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*TKC CORRECTION: In an earlier version of this post I blogged that council dude Eric Bunch didn't show up to the forum. That was incorrect, this post was written BEFORE he updated his tweet indicating that he did, in fact, attend a recent NNI forum. I've left the error but crossed it out and updated the correct info. We still stand by our assertion that most of these forums are a waste of time.

You decide . . .