In revoking support for Mayor Mark Funkhouser (11/8, Opinion, “In a funk about KC mayor’s misguided priorities”), The Star misidentified the battle involving his wife as his top priority. This battle has been represented by sensationalist journalism as his sole agendum, and his real work has gone unreported.
Rather than obsessing over Gloria Squitiro, a piece could have been written about Funkhouser’s New Tools for Economic Development program, which he worked on all last weekend with other government leaders in Charleston, S.C.
The Star’s previous support for Funkhouser was based upon his challenge to “politics as usual.” His legal actions (11/8, A-1, “Mayor takes council to court”) are a necessary response to an unlawful attack by those opposed to destruction of the status quo, those nostalgic for the days of limitless tax increment financing.
This will not distract Funkhouser from his top priority. He will continue to abandon the quid pro quo network that exists in City Hall and work toward better governance, even if it taints his reputation.
(Son of Mayor Mark Funkhouser and Gloria Squitiro)
Mayor Funkhouser looked to be such a great choice for Kansas City mayor, promising to focus on improving streets, sewers and infrastructure. Now that he has been shown to be petty, immature and self-centered (with Gloria-gate, moving his office to his home, continuing to pursue light rail instead of sewer repairs and filing a lawsuit against the city), it may be time for Kansas Citians to pursue a recall effort and take back the office that they gave to him in good faith.
After all, he’s only a year and a half into his four-year term. What’s going to happen in the next two and a half years? I don’t know if there is a provision for a recall in the Kansas City bylaws, but if there is, it certainly is time to use it.
We are in a recession, at war, losing homes, jobs and retirement incomes, and Mayor Funkhouser’s priority is his wife’s ability to volunteer in his office? He has moved his office to his house in a residentially zoned area and has aides and council members commuting to him rather than going to City Hall. Now he has filed suit against the very council that should be part of our Kansas City team.
Funkhouser was a bean counter, is a bean counter and will always be a bean counter without any visionary talents whatsoever. His priorities are in the wrong place based upon the very real challenges facing Kansas City today, and he is an embarrassment to us all.
He should be removed from office immediately so he can spend all of his time with his wife without his job getting in the way. Separation anxiety problem solved.