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Kansas City Mayor Sly James Struggles To Back Chris Koster For Governor

Jason Rosenbaum
St. Louis Public Radio

Kansas City Mayor Sly James has been vocal about his call for stricter gun control measures. During a speech Wednesday to the Missouri Delegation at the Democratic National Convention, James gave a blistering critique to Missourians who resist stronger gun control.

“I think it’s time for us to start targeting a few key legislators and supporting their opponents in the way the NRA and other people support them,” James said. 

Those views will make it difficult for the mayor to support his party’s likely nominee for Missouri Governor, Chris Koster.

Koster recently received an "A" rating from the National Rifle Association and does not support many of the measures James espouses.

James told KCUR's Steve Kraske he's struggling with Koster. Still, the mayor will back him for governor.  

"But this issue is so important to the mayor that [an endorsement] is a tough, tough thing for him," Kraske told guest host Kyle Palmer on KCUR'sUp To Date

Lisa Rodriguez is a reporter and producer at KCUR. Connect with her on Twitter @larodrig

In addition to being KCUR's afternoon newscaster, Lisa Rodriguez covers city hall and other news around Kansas City. Follow her on Twitter @larodrig.