Louie Wright, union head, sues Tony Botello for defamation

Louie Wright, the longtime president of Local 42 of the International Association of Fire Fighters, has filed a defamation suit against Tony Botello, the blogger behind Tony’s Kansas City.

Wright is upset about a 2009 post on Tony’s that accused Wright of receiving kickbacks from the contributions that firefighters make to the United Way. Botello attributed the “TKC EXCLUSIVE” to his “TIPSTERS.” In the lawsuit, Wright says he has “never received any money or other compensation” from the United Way.

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