On Tuesday, the Detroit City Council narrowly voted to oust Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, after investigations showed that he perjured in a whisteblower trial.
The council voted as follows on having the governor oust the mayor under her power, having the council itself remove the mayor and censure the mayor:
- Council President Kenneth Cockrel, Jr. – Yes, Yes, Yes
- Sheila Cockrel – Yes, Yes, Yes
- Brenda Jones – Yes, Yes, Yes
- Kwame Kenyatta – Yes, Yes, Yes
- JoAnn Watson – Yes, Yes, Yes
- Council President Pro-Tempore Monica Conyers – No, No, No (no surprise here - her husband is an idiot, why wouldn’t she be one too)
- Barbara-Rose Collins – No, No, Yes
- Martha Reeves – No, No, No
- Alberta Tinsley-Talabi – No, No, Yes
And here’s some quotes from various council members:
- “I think it places additional pressure on the mayor to consider making a move.” ~~Ken Cockrel, Jr.
- “Part of what makes city government work is an element of trust.” ~~Sheila Cockrel
- “My vote reflects my love for our city, not hatred for our mayor.” ~~Brenda Jones
- “His removal is a necessary step towards excising the malignant tumor … within the city of Detroit.” ~~Kwame Kenyatta (Honestly the best analysis of the situation. All the others have been WAY too kind to Kilpatrick.)
- “I have an absolute belief that the best scenario out of all of this is for the mayor to resign.” ~~JoAnn Watson (And you thought that you had convinced him to resign, but you didn’t.)
- “This is going to cost the city a lot of money and it’s going to cost the city a lot of time.” ~~Monica Conyers (When did we decide to sacrifice justice for money? If we never tried any criminals, all of the governments would save money. This is the most ridiculous excuse out there, and it shows just how dumb Conyers is.)
- Removing the mayor “sets a bad precedent.” ~~Barbara-Rose Collins
- “The council’s no further ahead with that vote than we were before we took it.” ~~Alberta Tinsley-Talabi (Is that a reason to vote against it?)
So, what happens now?
- The governor could remove the mayor.
- Within the next week, the council will send a sworn statement to Granholm’s office asking her to remove the mayor.
- The governor’s office will have a meeting with the state’s attorneys to look into the complaint.
- Assuming that the complaint has followed the proper protocol, Kilpatrickwill be served with a copy of the complaint and and notification of a hearing.
- If it is found that the mayor engaged in official misconduct, Granholm would have to open removal proceedings, but there is no set timetable that would accompany the process.
- The council could remove the mayor.
- The council will hold a public hearing on June 13th.
- A trial would take place sometime after the hearing. This would last about 2 weeks.
- The council would vote on removal.
- Kilpatrick’s attorneys could block the effort in court. He could also appeal his removal in court.
- Kilpatrick could resign.
- I’ll wake up from a really weird dream, hit the snooze button, and hopefully dream about some fun vacation in San Antonio (it’s a GREAT city – you should go sometime).
So, what’s likely to happen?
- I DOUBT the governor will step in. She has said that she doesn’t want to, and Detroiters (especially African Americans) would NOT look kindly upon the “intrusion.” If you ask me, Detroit needs a good intrusion. L. Brooks Patterson should annex Detroit and whip it back into shape.
- I REALLY DOUBT that the mayor will resign. JoAnn Watson pleaded with him to resign, and that got nowhere (I plan on doing a blog post specifically on her plea, sometime later today).
- The council will probably vote to remove him after the hearing, but Kilpatrick will appeal it, showing that he really doesn’t give a rip about the city, making them pay more money, to oust him for a crime that he and his mistress committed during a trial where he cost the city $8 million.
- Wayne County Prosecutor Kym worthy will probably build a good case and he’ll be found guilty in a criminal court.
I’ll keep you updated as things happen.