When Funk, the quiet, ethical auditor of Kansas City, announces he wants to run for Mayor
against an entrenched political regime, his wife, Gloria, puts aside her own
ambitions—temporarily (ha!)—to run his campaign. Here is a true story of democracy at work:
a rented, broken-down trailer for HQ; a campaign cobbled together by scrounging, loans, and
thousands in family savings; a staff of one plus volunteers; fear, anxiety, financial instability,
and the recognition that with Funk’s resignation as city auditor, the family has no income unless
he wins. Gloria is the glorious heroine of this page-turner memoir that reads like a novel, busts
open politics today, and makes you want more Gloria.
Funny, quirky, extravagant, and passionately Italian-American, Gloria is as much a misfit in
Kansas City as she is a devoted wife and mother. (Spoiler alert: when Funk wins, she creates
such trouble that she will be legally banned from City Hall, but that comes in volume three of
this explosive trilogy.) A must-read for anyone interested in humans, rollicking laughter or
Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, The New York
Times, USA Today, The Washington Post, The Guardian, and Rush Limbaugh have reported on
Gloria. According to one journalist, the media had 500 “hit” pieces about her during her
husband’s mayoral term. This is the story of how she won the campaign and achieved fame …
Though Gloria was not interested in politics, in the end, the campaign wasn’t any different from
what she was already used to, “The politics of giving birth in America, of being a woman in our
country, even the politics of living within a family. All it took was planning and organizing. What
mom isn’t good at that?”
Gloria Squitiro is the author of May Cause Drowsiness and Blurred Vision: The Side Effects of
Bravery. She dreams of building an artist retreat in Hawaii someday.
Funk calls her “A Skydiver Afraid of Heights.” Someone who figures out how to spend a cost-free summer in Europe, arranges it all, but when it’s time to leave, has an anxiety attack walking out the door.