Mayors go looking for tourists in mostly wrong places

Area politicians are pretending to be service workers in an effort to highlight National Travel and Tourism Week. Kansas City, Missouri, Mayor Mark Funkhouser was supposed to surprise guests at the Westin Crown Center with his tallness this morning.

In Kansas City, Kansas, on Tuesday, Unified Government Mayor Joe Reardon and commissioners John Mendez and Tom Cooley went to CommunityAmerica Ballpark for the Kansas City T-Bones’ home opener. Mendez scanned tickets at Gate A. Reardon “worked” by watching his son Connor throw out the first pitch — he beaned Sizzle, the T-Bones’ mascot — and visiting the radio booth.

The Boxing Day-style recognition of tourism week was clever if somewhat off-key. A more accurate celebration of visitor spending would send a public official into your home with a toilet brush. Let me explain.

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