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C’mon Funk Move Your Ass: How a Demure Little Wife Made Her Husband a Big City Mayor

Updated: Jul 25, 2023


Book Description

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 politics.

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?”

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 ... and infamy.

Editorial Review

Gloria Squitiro's "C'mon Funk Move Your Ass: How a Demure Little Wife Made Her Husband a Big City Mayor" is an uproarious and exhilarating memoir that takes readers on an unforgettable journey through the realm of politics. As Funk, the audacious yet ethical auditor of Kansas City, decides to challenge an entrenched political regime and run for Mayor, his wife Gloria sets aside her own aspirations to spearhead his campaign. What follows is a true tale of democracy in action, brimming with determination, wit, and unexpected twists.

From the very first page, readers are captivated by Squitiro's engaging storytelling and her larger-than-life personality. With a healthy dose of humor and a knack for vivid descriptions, she brings to life the campaign's humble beginnings in a rented, dilapidated trailer and the sheer resourcefulness required to sustain it. Juggling scrounged resources, loans, and their family's savings, the couple faces the daunting challenge of financial instability, which is then amplified by the realization that their livelihood depends on Funk's victory.

Squitiro herself emerges as the radiant protagonist of this page-turning memoir, which reads like a novel and effectively peels back the layers of contemporary politics. Funny, eccentric, and fiercely proud of her Italian-American heritage, Gloria shines as both a misfit in Kansas City and an unwaveringly devoted wife and mother. She skillfully intertwines personal anecdotes and political insight, inviting readers to join her on this enthralling rollercoaster ride.

While the title promises an explosive trilogy, "C'mon Funk Move Your Ass" stands alone as a must-read for those fascinated by the inner workings of humanity, the power of laughter, and the intricacies of politics. Squitiro's narrative voice is refreshingly authentic, and her unwavering commitment to her husband's cause is nothing short of inspiring. Readers will find themselves rooting for Gloria as she fearlessly challenges the status quo, leaving an indelible mark on the mayoral race and the hearts of those she encounters.

The media frenzy surrounding Gloria's journey is not without mention, as the author acknowledges the 500 "hit" pieces the media unleashed during her husband's mayoral term. Squitiro's ability to weather the storm and emerge victorious adds an extra layer of intrigue to this already compelling story. The promise of further volumes in this explosive trilogy, particularly the legal banishment from City Hall, leaves readers eagerly anticipating the next chapter of Gloria's adventures.

With widespread recognition from esteemed media outlets such as Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, and The Wall Street Journal, Gloria Squitiro's story has captivated audiences across the nation. Her unapologetic authenticity and unwavering determination have made her a figure worth celebrating and critiquing. "C'mon Funk Move Your Ass" is a memoir that transcends boundaries, blending humor, politics, and the human experience into an unputdownable narrative.

In conclusion, Gloria Squitiro's "C'mon Funk Move Your Ass" is a riveting and uproarious memoir that sheds light on the turbulent world of politics through the eyes of a vivacious and unforgettable heroine. This book will leave readers clamoring for more of Gloria's infectious spirit, making it an essential read for anyone interested in politics, human stories, or simply a rollicking good time.

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About The Author

Gloria Squitiro

Gloria Squitiro has a bachelor's degree in psychology. She is published in Harper’s, See Beyond and Authority/Medium magazines and is the author of the bestselling May Cause Drowsiness and Blurred Vision: The Side Effects of Bravery, the first in the three-book C’mon Funk memoir series. The second book, C'mon Funk, Move Your Ass: How a Demure Little Wife Made Her Husband a Big-City Mayor publishes May 24, 2023.

Gloria has been married to Mark Funkhouser for forty-plus long-ass years. It seems her mission in life is to make every other man on Earth grateful he’s not married to her.

Squitiro’s personality type has changed! She is now an ENFJ: extroverted (not really!), intuitive (kind of stupid spelling), feeling and judging. These types are idealistic and thoughtful and strive to have a positive impact on the world. They can’t help but do the right thing, even when the doing is difficult.

In 2006, Gloria became Funk’s campaign manager by default. She has the rare distinction of being the only First Lady to be legally banned from the city hall office where her husband was mayor. Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, NPR, The Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, the Washington Post—even Great Britain’s left-wing Guardian and America’s right-wing Rush Limbaugh—reported stories about her.

She dreams of building an Artist Healing Retreat Center on the Big Island of Hawaii someday.


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