Friday, June 18, 2010

Mark Funkhouser asks city to focus on technical portion of his program

Posted By on Fri, Jun 18, 2010 at 1:45 PM

click to enlarge Funk: I'm better at this than it looks.
  • Funk: I'm better at this than it looks.

Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser made a populist, combative, defiant, fireworks-lacking and allusive State of the City speech on Thursday.

The Kansas City Star'
s coverage emphasized the position the mayor took against the "well-connected few" and the manner in which he challenged his rep for being a doofus. KMBC's account played up Funkhouser's poor relationship with the City Council. A writer at the Kansas City Business Journal highlighted the mayor's criticism of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce.

What we took from the speech was Funkhouser's suggestion that running a city is like ice skating.

At skating events, the judges give the contestants grades for artistry and technical skills. Acknowledging that he was not the most graceful of swans, Funkhouser asked the voters citizenry to look at the results.

"I'll take getting things done over the art of looking good every day," the mayor said.

Funkhouser also evoked his favorite politician, Abe Lincoln. Because burning political capital on a parks board member with a curious interest in immigration is just something the Great Emancipator would have done.

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