Although the tactic- personally attacking your political opponent rather than address how you would handle issues- seems to work with American voters.
At a public forum last evening that featured the six KC-MO mayorial candidates (Charlie Wheeler's dropped out)- it appeared two former city politicians Burke and Rowland- vying to be Kansas City MO's next Corporate Santa Claus (Mayor)- were attacking candidate and current Mayor Mark Funkhouser rather than use the forum to state how those two candidates will address city problems and issues.
The ONLY candidates seemingly above that political mud-slinging was Sylvester "Sly" James- an attorney and one of CSW's soon-to-be-endorsed mayorial candidate (the other will be Henry Klein) .
According to The KANSAS CITY (MO) STAR story on the forum- Mr. James said- regarding personal attacks- “It’s irrelevant and it doesn’t get us anywhere.”
“This election isn’t about anyone sitting up here, this election is about our city-” Sly James stated.
Mr Klein also added constructive thoughts regarding HIS campaign for mayor- stating "the city must find innovative ways to expand its capacity to serve citizens, such as connecting volunteers to organizations that attack city problems" according to The STAR's story.
Mayorial candidate Deb Herman apparently didn't have anything of real substance to say except kumbaya platitudes in The STAR's story.