March 12, 2008


Detroit mayor pressured to resign (Andrea Billups, March 12, 2008, Washington Times)

Embattled Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick continues to fight back against a growing chorus calling for his resignation by using race as an issue and blaming the media for his mounting legal and political problems.

Mr. Kilpatrick, giving the annual State of the City speech last night, used the last portion of his message to stray from prepared remarks and angrily bemoan a “lynch-mob mentality” that he said has attacked him and his family and is fueled by racial hatred.

The mayor is under investigation for lying in sworn testimony about an affair with his chief of staff in a police whistleblower trial as well as for a secret $8.4 settlement he brokered without the city council"s knowledge. Mr. Kilpatrick, who in 2001 at age 31 became Detroit"s youngest mayor, blamed the media for his ongoing woes and invoked the “n” word, saying he had been called that name more now than at any time in his life.


Posted by Orrin Judd at March 12, 2008 4:06 PM

Who is calling him that? The majority of Detroit voters? I thought it was okay for blacks to utter that word.

Posted by: pchuck at March 12, 2008 4:37 PM

The claims reach all the way to an outlandish-sounding one that the mayor had the Detroit police kill a stripper who had gotten into a fight with his wife after his wife came home upon a raucous party at the mayor's official mansion. Also, claims that police officers were fired or disciplined for attempting to investigate the stripper's murder.

Posted by: John Thacker at March 12, 2008 5:18 PM

In his first year, he was heavily criticized for riding around in Escalades and Hummers that the city paid for. I guess he was just warming up.

Posted by: ratbert at March 12, 2008 6:37 PM

That's some real shameful sh**, as The Wire's Clay Davis would put it.

Posted by: ted welter at March 12, 2008 7:54 PM

Narcisist, malignant.

Posted by: Mikey [TypeKey Profile Page] at March 13, 2008 8:47 AM

As a Detroiter, I have come to realize the Kilpatrick might be the most corrupt politician of my lifetime. He defrauded the city directly of $9 million to coverup text messages that he would prefer we all think was about his long-running sexual relationship with his top aide. But he really knew that adultery just made him look hipper to his liberal voting base.

Kilpatrick's real concern was messages that revealed he steered $45 million in city contracts to a felon friend who acted as an affirmative action beard for white contractors. The messages revealed that he showed the friend invoices from competing bidders and that he knew he also knew he was just a beard. Great.

In addition, it is probable bordering on certainty that Kilpatrick hired a contract killer to delete a stripper that his wife had clubbed with a baseball bat leading to the stripper's hospitalization at a party that Kilpatrick continues to maintain never happened. Hospital records have been removed, police records of complaint agains the mayor's wife have been removed, officers investigating the stripper's murder are reassigned when they ask questions, officer investigating the party get fired.

And all of this could be just the tip of the iceberg on the behavior of the criminal thug known as Kwame Kilpatrick. He will be disbarred for perjury sometime next year, by which time, God willing, he will be serving multiple sentences in prison.

Kilpatrick's mother is a virulent white-hating congresswoman. She should resign just on the basis that she raised a psychopath.

Posted by: Palmcroft at March 13, 2008 11:41 AM