The governors of Missouri and Kansas are making it a point to “disagree better.”
That’s the name of an initiative sponsored by the National Governor’s Association that encourages leaders to develop healthy conflict skills and avoid allowing political disagreement to devolve into personal attacks and hostile behavior. Governor Mike Parson, R-Missouri, and Governor Laura Kelly, D-Kansas, filmed a public service announcement for the Disagree Better Initiative while dining on barbecue at a Kansas City restaurant.
“We probably don’t agree on much,” Kelly said, to which Parson replied, “and that’s why I ordered Kansas City MISSOURI barbecue.” To which Kelly said, “and I ordered the good stuff, Kansas City KANSAS barbecue.”
But the ad went beyond disagreement over which side of the state line has the best ‘cue.
“We’re committed to disagreeing better,” Parson said, with Kelly continuing, “like in 2019 when we came together to end the Kansas City Economic Border War, which at its heart was just bad policy.”
The PSA was filmed at Q39’s midtown restaurant in Kansas City, Missouri – Q39 also has a location across the border in Overland Park, Kansas. Parson and Kelley also disagreed on which of them is the bigger Chiefs fan. The Mizzou/KU rivalry was not mentioned in the ad.
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