08 April 2009

Enough is enough.

Somebody at the Missouri Attorney General's office is gonna read this soon:
As a preliminary matter, I have no personal animus toward Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser. I am a political nobody, with no connections to anyone in local politics. However, it is inescapably clear that the mayor's appointment of his wife to a public office is a clear violation of the Missouri Constitution's Nepotism provision (Article VII § 6)
Penalty for nepotism Any public officer or employee in this state who by virtue of his office or employment names or appoints to public office or employment any relative within the fourth degree, by consanguinity or affinity, shall thereby forfeit his office or employment.
The mayor's wife, Gloria Squitiro, signs her letters as "Personal Assistant to the Mayor." Until the mayor abandoned city hall, his wife had office space and a parking space there. She still has supervisory powers over paid city employees and assigns them work, and she presides over staff meetings. Thus, Squitiro exercises a public office, and was appointed to this position by her husband, the mayor.
Funkhouser argues that his wife labors in a voluntary capacity, placing her outside the constraints of the law. That is not so. The Supreme Court of Missouri has decided a case on-point — State ex inf. Attorney General v. Shull, 887 S.W.2d 397 (Mo. banc 1994). SCOMO held that the constitution was offended even where the relative held an unpaid position.
Having willfully violated the Missouri Constitution, Mark Funkhouser has forfeit his office. Rather than ceding that point or conforming to an ordinance passed by a unanimous city council, he's sued the city. The mayor's nepotism has cost the city in other ways — literally by defense of lawsuits brought against Squitiro, and figuratively by the petty squabbling and pointless disruption of governance perpetuated by this issue.
Enough is enough. 
As a concerned citizen, I believe that there is good cause for your office to bring an action in Quo Warranto against the mayor of Kansas City. That decision would not be without precedent and I fully suspect that it would be politically popular. 
Please let me know if I can be of any assistance in this matter. I look forward to your response.

1 chimed in:

Nick said...

I love 'politics' as it is practiced in KC. Mostly for its predictability; there’s always a graceful solution…it’s just never chosen.

; ' )

My current hope is -when Funk is eventually forced down- a resurgent 'black hand’ manages to install their candidate in office; it will make for such a change from the same stale lapdogs-of-business we’ve previously suffered.…