Mayor Funkhouser, who has been harshly criticized by liberal groups (because of his defense of embattled Minuteman member, Frances Semler) was not allowed on stage during Obama’s speech Tuesday night at Municipal Auditorium.
Instead he stood in the background.
“I wasn’t invited to be on stage,” said Mayor Funkhouser. “But, why would I care? I’m not remotely interested in being on stage and trying to be in the celebrity part of this thing.”
The mayor doesn’t believe he was snubbed, but Kansas City Star political reporter Dave Helling does.
“I don’t think people at the presidential level are worried about the kryptonite from Mark Funkhouser,” Helling says. “But, in any campaign, you don’t want to have to fight the fights you don’t have to fight.”
Funkhouser is fighting harsh criticism and opponents who are demanding a recall election.
“I don’t see myself as political kryptonite,” said Funkhouser.
The mayor believes he was excluded because his political star just isn’t bright enough yet.
“We’re not in the same class,” said Funkhouser. “They’re 747’s. I’m a piper.”
With all due respect….I think Funkhouser is trying to play this down. When a major candidate for POTUS from your own party visits your town, and you are the Mayor of that town…you should expect to be invited on stage during the big speech.
Funkhouser refuses to endorse Obama or any other candidate. The mayor doesn’t want to make any more political enemies.