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Mrs. Mayor? Critics Says Mayor's Wife Runs Kansas City

Mrs. Mayor? Critics Says Mayor's Wife Runs Kansas City

Gloria Squitiro, the wife of Kansas City Mayor Mark Funkhouser says she volunteers 70 hours a week to help her husband fulfill his campaign promises, but critics say she's doing a job that she wasn't elected to do. After resigning, the mayor's former chief-of-staff said, "It was kind of like having your mother-in-law go along on your honeymoon."

Controversy has surrounded the duo for a while now. According to the Associated Press, when Ms. Squitiro set up a desk outside her husband's city hall office and proceeded to call a black aide "Mammy," the city council passed an anti-nepotism ordinance sending Squitiro back home. So what did Mr. Mayor do? He started working from home.

The mayor has stood up for his actions, saying: "The idea that once we won the prize, I was going to dump her and say, 'See you, honey, in four years. Go on back home and bake cookies, fold some laundry. I'll be there when I get there,' is absurd."

Should the mayor be allowed to have his wife advise him?


bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
Haha, anyone else find this funny: "The mayor has stood up for his actions, saying: "The idea that once we won the prize, I was going to dump her and say, 'See you, honey, in four years. Go on back home and bake cookies, fold some laundry. I'll be there when I get there,' is absurd."" I mean, can't she work somewhere else or get another job - or are her only two options to a) "go back home and bake cookies" or b) be his advisor? :shrug:
Womenfest Womenfest 8 years
Mammy - was she birthin' babies?
sorrowja sorrowja 8 years
My husband listen to me however I would not advice him on his day-to-day duties at work because I'm not qualified in his field of work. And the same should apply to this major's wife she should only be giving advice on work issues which will affect their family. Like what dat hell.
Sugasuga29 Sugasuga29 8 years
I live in Kansas City and this is nothing new. A local rock radio station here had the mayor and his wife on the air several months ago, talking about this issue. The majority of the people here tend to disregard the whole thing, BUT--this is the first I've heard of her calling anyone "mammy". If that's true...then I hope re-election is never in his future.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
Ashkell, I private messaged you to respond to your question ;-) I agree with the statement that spouses should always listen to and counsel each other, but there is a certain level of inappropriateness that is going on at Oakland City Hall, and seems to be going on in this case as well. I would expect the person elected to the position to be the final executive, not his or her spouse (just as I expect Bill Clinton not to be the de facto Secretary of State).
girlA girlA 8 years
Really, janneth. A smart man ought to take advice from his wive.
janneth janneth 8 years
Ok the mammy thing it bizarre. But a smart man will listen to his wife, take advice, even seek out advice!
ashkell ashkell 8 years
hey City Girl: I live in the Bay Area too, I haven't heard what's up with Ron his wife meddling too? lol.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i dont see how the nepotism thing has ANYTHING to do with calling someone mammy. this is dumb.
The-City-Girl The-City-Girl 8 years
This is the same rumor flying around Oakland, CA. But in the case of Mayor Dellums, if I were him I'd almost want someone I could share the blame with. Things there are. . .not going well, shall we say. . . I hope my old boss Don Perata gets the job next! :-D
zeze zeze 8 years
What a weird story...he's the mayor, he can take advice from who he wants to take advice from and make his decisions based on anything he wants, including his wife's opinions (of course I'm speaking of all things legal here" I mean if lobbyists, supporters, and your boys from law school can advise you, I dont see how your wife can't. Would this be an issue if he was supposedly running things according to how a one of his political buddies wants him to? The who reference to "mother-in-law" makes me think that it would not be nearly as interesting if it wasn't his wife.
KadBunny KadBunny 8 years
On the bright side, I guess it's comforting to know a man values a his wife THAT much..
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I just want to know what the lady said that she called Mammy - is that the real reason they are working from home?
bluesarahlou bluesarahlou 8 years
And it took a city council ordinance to make her go home? :oy: Newsflash: Your husband was elected. Not you. If you wanted to be mayor you should've run.
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
Mammy? she called someone mammy? I guess he wont get re-elected.
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