Kansas City political consultant Steve Glorioso once said of the Tea Party movement that it was "dreamed up and promoted by the likes of Newt Gingrich and Dick Armey, the same far right fringe characters driven in large part by talk radio."
So what are we to make of Steve Glorioso’s involvement in the “Stop the Nonsense at City Hall” campaign that is currently enjoying heavy and expensive rotation on some of KC’s most popular radio stations?
According to one local blogger, Tony’s Kansas City, Steve Glorioso and Pat Gray, two of KC’s most influential liberal politicos, are behind the faux movement.
While Tony is quick to credit his “tipsters”, one only need look at the movement’s domain name to find out whose behind it:
Created On:22-Dec-2009 19:20:08 UTC
Last Updated On:20-Feb-2010 20:36:29 UTC
Expiration Date:22-Dec-2011 19:20:08 UTC
Registrant Name:Pat Gray
Registrant Organization:Northstar Marketing Group
Registrant Street1:2528 West 91st Street
Registrant Postal Code:66206
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Earlier this month Steve Glorioso indicated on KCPT’s Week in Review that he had been approached by several prospective mayoral candidates and was likely to join on with one shortly.
Is “stop the nonsense” Glorioso’s Kansas City version of the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth?
According to another local blog, KC Downtowner, the money men behind the campaign are none other than Ed DeSoignie and Bridget Williams, two members of the KC political machine that benefited tremendously from former City Manager Wayne Cauthen’s backroom contract handouts. They also sit poised to be the primary beneficiaries of a new ordinance that would create a department in city government to oversee its capital improvement projects.
With the Astroturf “stop the nonsense” movement, KC politcos appear to be killing two birds with one stone. They are launching a pre-emptive attack on Mayor Mark Funkhouser’s re-election campaign and putting back in place a mechanism to help enable them to continue looting the city’s treasury.