News reports are claiming that recall petitioners were unsuccessful, after a month, plus a 10 day extension, to get 20% of the last Mayoral vote count to sign a petition triggering a recall election. After massive publicity and many boasts that they were well on their way to achieving their goal, recall organizers could not attain the required 20%.
Political observers recalled that Funkhouser only won his original election by the slimmest of margins, with nearly 50% of the voters opposing him at the time. Now, a little more than 2 years into his term, less than 20% of the voters oppose him.
With 80+% of the electorate supporting him, Funkhouser’s political power is at a zenith few can remember ever seeing in Kansas City. “He’s kind of like George Brett, Len Dawson and Harry Truman rolled into one, all without the support of the Kansas City Star,” gushed one experienced politico. Steve Glorioso groused, “If only Kay had some of that Funkhouser mojo, she would be in Congress right now.”
Plans for a ticker-tape parade through downtown are not yet finalized, as City Council members are bickering over who should get to sit next to him on the parade route.