Friday, August 5, 2011

Mayor James' Son

Well, we are talking about the mayor's son tonight on the front porch.

Mayor James' 22 year old son Kyle caused a disturbance in the Power and Light District last Saturday night. Young James appeared to be intoxicated, tried to "eat-and-run," was verbally abusive to police and worst of all pulled out the "Do you know who I am?" card.

Guess what Kyle? Your days of being an anonymous drunken idiot are over. Your dad is The Mayor of Kansas City! Your actions will affect your dad the mayor for no other reason as to get people to wondering about his ability to manage the city if he can't manage his family. Go get some help with your binge drinking problem. I hear Valley Hope has good programs.

I do not hold the mayor responsible for Kyle's actions. The boy is an adult. I am dismayed that he did not force his son to face more of the consequences of his actions. Many times the kids of successful parents suffer for the parents' success. They don't get a lot of time and attention from their parents and they often suffer from conditional love and overblown expectations from the family. Sometimes they start looking for attention, even if it is just the bad kind. Then the parents rush in to prevent their baby from failing and falling, and to care for their own reputation.

Mr. Mayor, put your boy firmly on his own two feet. Help him to realize that these are his own bad choices and only he, Kyle, can change them into better choices.

And remind him that you love him just because he is your son.

Photo of Sly James during the campaign last March by The Observer.

Links: Kansas City Star, and the police report (caution: crude language!)

Update: Kyle James made a public apology this evening before a reporter for the Kansas City Star and a TV reporter.

Apparently it is not the first time young Kyle has acted like an ass downtown. He appears to have a problem; I hope he figures out that he is out of control and gets help. Link to the Star's article here and the TV report here.


Lesa said...

Good post! I unfriended the Mayor so he won't see it on my wall...too bad.

The Observer said...

It looks like the mayor's kids have suffered a bit for his success.

I pray and hope that they can find their way out of their troubles.

The Observer

Bob G. said...

It makes you wonder how far the fruit falls from the least I'd be thinking that.

A major "OOPS" moment for sure.

Stay safe out there.

The Observer said...

Bob G:
Tough to say--I mean I know some folks who were just outstanding and their kids had troubles like these. Young people are young and by definition, stupid at times. Like I said in the post the mayor's family life may have not been perfect, but once the kids are adults they are in charge of their own behavior and need to be held accountable for it.

Today's hip hop/binge drinking culture does not help the immature along the way of making wise choices.