July 11, 2012 5:24 AM

Get Billy Butler to promote KC's sales tax, now

The Royals' Billy Butler could run for mayor, or so the saying goes about the now supremely popular designated hitter. So it could be a great idea for Mayor Sly James to pick Butler - fresh off his All-Star Game publicity - to promote Kansas City's next big thing. That would be passage of the half-cent sales tax for capital improvements on the Aug. 7ballot. Personally, I'm not a big supporter of the tax - yet. But can't you see the ads: Robinson Cano of the Yankees would represent the people who want to hold KC back, who don't want the tax to pass. And then here comes Butler, exhorting voters to endorse the tax for the home team. Gold. Yael T. Abouhalkah

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