ou’ve probably heard Kimberly Guilfoyle announced Monday she is joining former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens’ campaign for the Senate. Guilfoyle is the former Fox News host and Donald Trump campaign adviser, and current girlfriend of Donald Trump, Jr. She announced on Twitter she would become the national chair of Greitens’ 2022 campaign.
“I am honored to have Kimberly’s support,” Greitens said in his own statement. “Her work on behalf of President Donald J. Trump was unmatched.”
Guilfoyle is most well-known since leaving Fox News for her ties to the Trumps, delivering a famously impassioned–some might say totally whacked or seemingly possessed–speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention that climaxed in her stretching both her hands up over her head and yelling out: “The best. . . is yet. . . to come!”
It’s hard to think of a more natural match, really. Guilfoyle and Greitens seems like a team that’s going places. Maybe therapy.
The Royals are off to a great start this MLB season, which is unusual for them. I’m digging it, as is every other Royals fan. We all should be enjoying it and appreciating it, because I’m not sure it’s reasonable to expect this to continue through the summer. Let’s remember these days of clutch hits in the form of long bombs by Salvador Perez, because baseball is a numbers game and the numbers show us that Salvy won’t be able to maintain anything close to this pace.
So let’s recall these glory days later this season when Salvy goes back to swinging at June bugs and butterflies floating 12 inches off the plate.
The fact that Ron Schieber, presiding commissioner for Platte County, votes yes on grants that go to his wife’s employer tells you a lot of things, none of them good.
If you missed our recent Landmark Live show with Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas, I’m about to give you a few of the highlights. If you’d rather watch the full version, the video remains available for viewing on our Facebook page at Platte County Landmark, where more than 2,000 of you have organically checked it out.
By the way, a few important things have happened to Lucas since our show on April 8. He got married to his longtime girlfriend either a day or two after that show, and then he announced earlier this week that he and his wife became the parents of a baby boy named Bennett, who has spent time in the neonatal intensive care unit at KU.
Anyway, some of the tidbits from our April 8 conversation with the mayor, which was sprinkled with fun amid the more serious topics, as you’ll notice if you watch the video.
*I asked him about the $6 million in CARES money that the state treasurer had asked the Platte County Commission to pass along to the City of Kansas City, but the county commission of course had other ideas, instead using most of the money to give grants to acquaintances, political friends, cronies, and in at least one case family members:
“You know, it was disappointing. This wasn’t money to try to line the pockets of me, or council people or anything like that. It was going to go right back to supporting Kansas City firefighters, Kansas City police, Kansas City Health Department in fighting COVID in Platte County. Our health director lives in Platte County. We were trying to make sure we were doing right by the Kansas Citians who live in Platte County,” the mayor said.
Note: It is sometimes overlooked, especially by county commissioners, that half of Platte County’s population is comprised by residents of Kansas City. Using that population-based formula (half of the $12 million the county received in CARES money) is why the state treasurer had asked the county commissioners to pass half of the $12 million onto the City of Kansas City.
Lucas continued: “Wyandotte County, for example, has so much investment in COVID-19. They can have walk ups (for the vaccine). That’s the kind of thing I’d love to have seen in Kansas City North, I’d love to have seen that in Platte County.”
He added: “I have respect for the Platte County commissioners and we’ll continue to try to work together as things go along in the future.”
*On the Northland Soccer Complex, which the mayor supported on a split vote within the KC Council. It is a project that county commissioners Ron Schieber and Dagmar Wood are excited about, so it would have been easy for the mayor to get a little payback by killing this one. He chose the opposite. “No good deed goes unpunished, so I did (support it). The reasons we saw for it is that it is a true economic development project and we want to try to bring more revenue to every part of the city, to make this a more dynamic city. We need about 100,000 more people of growth, a lot of that population is going to be in the Northland,” Lucas said. I asked him that if the potential economic impact of a soccer complex might be overblown. “You always wonder. I do think it’s a good opportunity to establish retail, and continue to be a good sign for residential. I want to make sure that we are doing that in the Northland. I think it’s fair to say that for a number of years we (Kansas City) have left the Northland kind of by its lonesome.”
There’s much more from the mayor, including plenty of laughs, in the video on Facebook.
Parkville Alderman Phil Wassmer this week posted on Facebook that everything is “up to snuff” as far as the ‘speakeasy’ in downtown Parkville. Maybe Wassmer is speaking as a patron of what the owner describes as ‘Parkville’s Guy Store.’ Or maybe Wassmer is speaking from only a City of Parkville point of view. We can tell you with confidence that the curiosity of other governmental agencies who have an interest in alcohol and taxes and such things has been piqued.
(Foley can be found watching Salvy swing at moths flying well outside the strike zone. Email firstname.lastname@example.org)