I even caught myself thinking that Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser had actually started to sound reasonable in his last few public appearances and his monthly excursion into radio on KMBZ. The hosts of the show, Scott Parks and Mike Shanin, also noted that the tenor of the phone calls into the program had changed--there was less hostility and challenge to them.
But remember what has transpired over the past years since his election.
Messy conflicts with personnel at all levels, including the vital office of City Manager.
His wife Gloria's continued presence at City Hall, despite the $500,000 her habitation cost the city in a law suit settlement.
The general tin ear that Funkhouser possesses with regard to dealing with people.
The MAST merger.
Lots of broken promises with regard to being "smart with the money."
The 2009 snow removal fiasco.
Now, there are a bunch of people who would like to succeed Funkhouser as mayor. The sheer number of them, and his incumbent advantage could be enough to send Funkhouser through as one of the top two finishers, and possibly to a second term.
Is that what we want? Think about it.