Kansas City mayor fighting volunteer ordinance

Volunteer Bryce Dunn processes voter registrations at the board of elections in Raleigh, N.C., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2008. The nationwide boom in voter registration that propelled Sen. Barack Obama to his party's presidential nomination has carried over into the general election, resulting in more than 9 million newly registered voters who are overwhelmingly Democrats and creating the potential for an Election Day landslide. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- The mayor of Kansas City, Mo., is fighting an ordinance that prohibits his wife from volunteering full time in his office.

A lawsuit was filed Friday in Jackson County Circuit Court on behalf of Mayor Mark Funkhouser; his wife, Gloria Squitiro (SKWIH'-teer-oh); and their daughter, Tara Squitiro.

The mayor says the ordinance interferes with his ability to run his office.

The City Council passed the ordinance in September after saying it was tired of distractions created by Gloria Squitiro.

A former mayoral staffer alleges she made racially insensitive and sexually explicit comments. She has denied that.

Tara Squitiro was an unpaid summer intern.

The city attorney has not commented on the lawsuit.

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