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February 13, 2007

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Thomas

Its about time someone like Riederer a former prosecutor took on this kind of fraud surrounding our City. Kansas City gets handed a million dollars and the CITY is charged with overseeing how the money is spent and the city blew it! Good for you Albert I am a Kansas Ciy and Federal taxpayer and $1,000,000 dollars was wasted on these two homes. No wonder Kansas City has so many pressing money problems. GO ALBERT GO!

Peter

All talk, no action.

He obviously doesn't think he needs name ID though since he didn't mention his name until the end. Maybe that 1994 Prosecutor name ID has held for 13 years.

It's about time someone starts talking about reigning in this frivilous spending. Go Al!

Kasey!KC!

Pretty good ad.

Someone a while back mentioned liking the independent audits thing that he's talking about; I agree, and it's nice that he actually give something SPECIFIC he'll do rather than just platitudes about cleaning up city hall yadda yadda.

I suppose that's the difficulty with television media though, is that it's nearly impossible to get specifics like that across in less than 30 seconds and not come off looking like a total boring wonk. Overall, I like it - it'll be interesting to see what the other candidates have to say when they go on air.

Aimee Gromowsky

I think he looks great & love the ad.

You rock Uncle Al!!

CMR

Thomas...Someone already did take on this fraud. He studied the problem, investigated the issue and reported his findings. He was recognized by the people of that area for his efforts to sort out the mess.

5:14...This same someone has been talking about the spending problems at city Hall for years. He has built his campaign around this issue.

That man is Mark Funkhouser and I hope you can look deeper than Reiderer's ad into these problems and support Mr. Funkhouser at the ballot box.

Puleez, CMR. The F(l)unk has been a part of the system for 18 years, and he's accomplished nothing but a long list of whines and complaints. The F(l)unk is part of the problem, not the solution.

StevieB

Suggestions for future commercials for the Riederer campaign: 1. Tell folks that the violent crime rate went up in Kansas City 57% from 1985 to 1992 - while Albert was prosecutor - a rate 27% HIGHER than the national average, according to FBI statistics. 2. Tell folks how Albert spent COMBAT tax money on things like $400,000 worth of computers for his prosecutors' office, and was criticized by the New York Times for not knowing how to use the COMBAT tax money to reduce crime on the streets. 3. Tell folks that violent crime rates in Kansas City kept going up for three years after the COMBAT tax was passed in 1989, and only began to come down AFTER Claire McCaskill took office in January 1993. 4. Tell folks that Albert quit his job as a state appellate judge (the first to do so in anyone's memory) to get not one but TWO political-plumb appointments as a receiver for failed insurance companies, from which he made huge $$$ and passed out literally millions in fees to his attorney buddies (who are now contributing to his campaign at the highest limits). 5. Remind folks that last summer Albert ran for the Jackson County legislature for ONE DAY, then quit. 6. Remind folks that Albert was the Chairman of the Save Our Stadiums campaign, which raised our taxes to buy the Royals a new batting swing video system for $900,000, until he quit to run (for one day) for the Jackson County legislature (before quitting that too). 7. Tell folks the details behind Catherine Shields' efforts to hire Albert to be her personal lobbyist to the Jackson County legislature - yes, her own legislature. 8. Tell folks how Albert raised $100,000 in the first three days of this mayoral campaign (which he announced after announcing that he would not run for mayor) because of his many ol' boy connections. Its a good thing the Riederer campaign has all that money, because this many commercials will cost alot.

Michelle

Just viewed Mr. Riederer's ad - liked it very much. He made sense and looks like he can be a strong candidate in this race.
Much better than the Nace ad

Nace = Roe = Mobsters

Pehaps this would be a better commercial:

"Hi! I'm Albert Riederer. Remember me? I just championed and passed a BILLION dollar tax to help my friends over at the Royals buy a MILLION dollar computer and the Chiefs to but whatever they want as well. Isn't Kansas City great? I want to be Mayor because I realize that City Hall is not the place for waste. I intend to consolidate all wasteful spending over to the Jackson County Legislature, where I can supervise it properly. As for Clay and Platte counties, obviously your tax dollars will go far, all the way to Jackson county interests! By the way, I really need this job! I wanted to be Jackson County Legislator, but Henry Rizzo got all bent out of shape. I guess Mayor will do. Thanks for your time and keep those checks a coming!"

CMR

5:48...you have little knowledge of the workings of city government. It is the Auditors job to investigate problems and offer solutions. It is NOT the auditors job to implement change-he has niether the power nor the authority to do so. His suggestions are nothing more than suggestions and they are up to the council and Mayor to implement. Obviously as in any local government, these suggestions go unimplmemnted due to the politics involved. Any student of city government of public administration knows that Mr. Funkhouser has saved the city millions of dollars offering sound advice. Please read up on your city government a bit before pretending you understand the process.

CMR

5:48...you have little knowledge of the workings of city government. It is the Auditors job to investigate problems and offer solutions. It is NOT the auditors job to implement change-he has niether the power nor the authority to do so. His suggestions are nothing more than suggestions and they are up to the council and Mayor to implement. Obviously as in any local government, these suggestions go unimplmemnted due to the politics involved. Any student of city government of public administration knows that Mr. Funkhouser has saved the city millions of dollars offering sound advice. Please read up on your city government a bit before pretending you understand the process.

good points steveb.

StevieB

Oh yeah, one more idea. 9. Explain to folks why Albert's biography on his website stops in 1999, around the time he quit his judge job, and neglects to proclaim his accomplishments as prosperous receiver for failed insurance companies and defender of Catherine Shields.

Sorry, but that's the lamest excuse in the world, and I'm tired of hearing you F(l)unk-lovers recite it. The F(l)unk was a failure as a leader in City Hall. If he'd actually been a leader, he would have more accomplishments and a lot fewer complaints. I know you're in love with him, but that doesn't mean the rest of us have to be. Sorry, but he didn't get things done. He just made a lot of lists of what's wrong. He's a fine guy, but he's not a mayor. And God help our city if he gets elected.

Boy Jeff, you're sure on message. Maybe they'll start believing it.

StevieB

One more good idea. 10. Explain the following resolution from the Jackson County legislature (is anyone seeing a consistent theme here?) hiring Albert as their lobbyist:
"Authorizing the Chairman of the Legislature's Intergovernmental Affairs Committee to execute Agreements with Albert A. Riederer to serve as the County's legislative lobbyist, at a cost to the County not to exceed $25,000.00.
Introduced: 1/10/1994 Version: 0
Final Action: 1/18/1994 Contact:
Name: Riederer - legislative lobbyist"

StevieB

One more good idea. 10. Explain the following resolution from the Jackson County legislature (is anyone seeing a consistent theme here?) hiring Albert as their lobbyist:
"Authorizing the Chairman of the Legislature's Intergovernmental Affairs Committee to execute Agreements with Albert A. Riederer to serve as the County's legislative lobbyist, at a cost to the County not to exceed $25,000.00.
Introduced: 1/10/1994 Version: 0
Final Action: 1/18/1994 Contact:
Name: Riederer - legislative lobbyist"

State Representative John Burnett's full endorsements as his newsletter states

City Council Choices

We will be sending out more emails with details and links on our City Council picks but for now here they are:

District One Deb Hermann - At Large, Bill Skaggs - In District

District Two Ed Ford - At Large, Aaron Knight - In District

Melba Curls District Three - At Large

District Four - In District - Ezekiel Amador, At Large - Deth Im

District Five - In District Terry Riley, At Large - Cindy Circo

District Six - In District John Sharp, At Large - Cathy Jolly

Mayor - Mark Funkhouser

StevieB

Okay, okay, just one more idea, I promise. 11. Explain the following blog article from DeAnn Smith, posted the day before the stadium tax vote last August:
August 07, 2006
Riederer in middle of another election-eve storm
A third-party mailer for state Sen. Charles Wheeler in the county executive race has thrust former prosecutor/judge and would-be sports authority commish Albert Riederer in the middle of another election-eve controversy.
Remember back in late March when Riederer as co-chairman of Save Our Stadiums filed against Henry Rizzo for county legislature just minutes before the filing deadline? Then Rizzo, as Steve Kraske described, played the ultimate hardball. He threatened to call an election-eve press conference relating to concerns about the stadium vote. Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, Royals VP Mark Gorris, county ex Katheryn Shields, you name it got involved. POOF! Riederer dropped out and Rizzo was peachy keen again about the stadium vote. Everyone involved insisted Riederer got no more than a "thank-you" for his pragmatic decision.
The Sanders camp thought they had Riederer in their camp for his county executive run. Campaign manager Calvin Williford says Riederer in late July helped haul in $5,000 for Sanders through four $1,250 checks from business associates and an outfit Riederer is the registered agent for.
So imagine their dismay when Pat Gray adroitly pulled out another last-minute surprise this weekend. This "Does Mike Sanders have ANY sense of decency?" third-party mailer included an attack statement from Riederer. He took Sanders to task for the Citizens for Responsible Spending campaign material, saying no ethical person would have approved it. (Riederer dismisses Sanders' claim of no knowledge).
"We all know why Senator Wheeler missed votes, and we know the votes he missed were not critical," Riederer said in the mailing.
Then the campaign discovered that Riederer had written the Wheeler campaign a $1,000 check on July 31, which coincidentally enough was the same day the Legislature nominated Riederer for a vacancy on the Jackson County Sports Complex Authority. Gov. Matt Blunt makes the selection, which then requires Senate approval (and Wheeler would be Riederer's senator).
"Clearly his desire to be on the sports authority has overridden his previous commitments and support of Mike," Williford told KC Buzz Blog this afternoon.
Poppycock, says Riederer. He called it "rumor mongering" to think his campaign support had anything to do with his sports authority candidacy.
"I had never even thought about it in the same breath until you asked the question," he said.
What about him raising funds for Sanders just last month? "I am not going to talk about that."
Riederer insists that Wheeler compiled the worst-attendance record in the Senate in 2006 primarily because he was driving back and forth between Jeff City and KC to attend to his ailing wife.
But what about Wheeler telling a Star reporter in early July before this was a serious campaign issue that his wife's health was responsible for his missed votes in 2004 and 2005 but not 2006? What about Wheeler telling Star reporters and columnists that he had an "excellent" attendance record and that he missed 262 votes in 2006 because he was busy behind the scenes? What about that he missed the middle of the night vote requiring voters to show photo ID at the polls because he was in KC accepting an award during a dinner banquet along with KCPT's Nick Haines and chose not to drive back to Jeff City afterward? Why is he now saying his wife, Marjorie, is why he missed the votes?
Riederer insists, "It was common knowledge," that Wheeler's wife was ailing in 2006.
"It was my belief the votes he missed were not critical votes," he said. He said he was unaware that Wheeler missed the voter ID vote due to the award ceremony but said Wheeler's vote would not have made a difference in a lopsided vote.
Is he saying that the only critical votes are those that are close?
"I intended the common-sense meaning of those words," he said. Riederer also insisted that he wasn't saying the voter ID issue is unimportant.
He said ultimately in tomorrow's election that Wheeler is the best candidate for county executive.
"I think he has mature judgment," he said. "He is a good listener. As a consequence he comes to an understanding of what needs to be done and how to chart a good course and how to build a consensus around that. I think that is the kind of county executive we would all like to have and he fills the bill."
Posted by DeAnn Smith
07:51 PM in Blunt, Matt, Jackson County, Missouri General

StevieB

P.S. The coincidence between Albert's campaign contribution and his nomination by the Jackson County Legislature to the Jackson County Sports Authority ends sadly: Albert was rejected for the position.

So, Stevie B (aka Jeff Roe), wouldn't the fact he didn't get the post nullify your suggestion of some sort of quid pro quo?

Maybe if he took some mafia money you'd be in favor of him, right?

How can anyone be trusted who denied insurance payouts to widows and children as a trustee so he could pay his Lawyer buddies who are now giving him contributions thousands of dollars in fees.

I finally saw the Nace ad on TV - really stupid! I hate ads where they are showing fake meetings & schmoozing with the neighborhoods. It is insulting to our intelligence. She's worse than the bobble heads they imply the other candidates are.

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