Yael T. Abouhalkah

Looks like Jeff Roe is baaack: Attack ad targets City Council member Dick Davis

Kansas City Council member Dick Davis, the target of a last-minute negative and unfair attack ad, is the best choice for voters in the 1st District, in-district race next Tuesday.
Kansas City Council member Dick Davis, the target of a last-minute negative and unfair attack ad, is the best choice for voters in the 1st District, in-district race next Tuesday.

A group linked to odious campaign consultant Jeff Roe has sent out a flier that unfairly attacks City Council member Dick Davis.

The Freedom PAC ad claims Davis “won’t even show up to work.”

It says he got $246,000 from taxpayers for missing 289 votes and had zero “passed bills.”

Here’s the truth.

Davis has cast thousands of votes at dozens upon dozens of council meetings since he was first elected in 2011.

His votes helped approve hundreds upon hundreds of ordinances.

(By the way, Freedom PAC guys, Kansas City doesn’t pass “bills.”)

Davis is the best choice in Tuesday’s 1st District, in-district race against Heather Hall, whose name isn’t even mentioned on the flier.

That’s a typical negative campaign tactic by Roe and others, who simply want to belittle and besmirch elected officials’ reputations.

It’s probably also true that Roe is not a big fan of Davis.

The council member in April said people “need to run that guy out of town” because of Roe’s involvement in an ad that criticized Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich just days before his suicide.

In the Kansas City primary elections on April 7, Hall won and Davis finished second, edging out Louie Wright.

Wright, too, had used negative campaigning to try to beat Davis.

But that tactic failed.

Let’s hope voters reject that destructive approach on Tuesday, and Davis is re-elected.

To reach editorial page columnist Yael T. Abouhalkah, call 816-234-4887 or send email to abouhalkah@kcstar.com. Twitter @YaelTAbouhalkah.

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