Democrat strategist Steve Glorioso was admired by friends and foes

Bill Grady
September 15, 2017 - 4:43 am

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By some in Kansas City politics, Steve Glorioso was considered a visionary. 

Glorioso died at Research Medical Center. He was 70. 

"I moved here in 1992, and Steve was already legendary in his abilities and his love for Kansas City and his love for strategy and politics in general," said Richard Martin, a close friend and colleague. 

Glorioso had been in failing health recently. The longtime Democratic consultant's last campaign was for an $800-million bond issue in April.

Glorioso leaves a lasting impact on Kansas City, said Mike Sanders, a former Jackson County Executive and Missouri Democratic Party chair.

"The airport that's about to go on the ballot, the downtown hotel, the baseball stadium, twice now, Sprint Center -- here was a guy that was absolutely in the trenches," Sanders said. 

Glorioso was not the kind of person to be a showboat when it came to his successes. 

Senator Claire McCaskill said Glorioso's passion for politics stemmed from his love of community and country. 

Admired by fellow Democrats and Republicans alike, Glorioso leaves behind a wife and numerous family members.

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