Well, Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has got himself into (another!) scandal. How the man ever got re-elected is still a question I’ve never been able to figure out the answer to – heck, even my hard core Democratic grandma can’t stand him.
So, here’s what’s going on. According to a Free Press article, the Mayor and Christine Beatty, his Chief of Staff, had an affair. No biggie right? Wrong – unfortunately (or I guess fortunately for Detroiters if it gets this moron out of office), Kilpatrick and Beatty denied having an affair … while under oath … during a trial (a whistle-blower lawsuit brought by former cops Gary Brown and Harold Nelthrope)… the outcome of which cost the city $9 million. It also says that the two misled jurors when they said that they did not fire Deputy Police Chief Gary Brown back in 2003.
So, today Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy got involved after first seeing allegations in the Free Press article. Here’s an excerpt from her press conference:
There are people who mistakenly believe that this office has been conducting an investigation. That could not be farther from the truth. And we have received no information whatsoever from any police agency.
News reports and newspaper articles are not investigations and they are not evidence. We cannot and will not at any time make any potential charging decision based on that.
However, here is a decision that I have made. The Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office will conduct an independent investigation that will be fair, impartial and thorough.
We will not be rushed by anyone or anything. We will only be influenced by the evidence and the facts that developed and nothing, I mean, nothing else.
Then, Kilpatrick decides to call Worthy and tell her that he will remain neutral in her upcoming re-election. Some people say that it was only suspicious, while others say it was a conflict of interest (most likely to get her off the case). Knowing Kwame, he couldn’t have had good intentions, but I have FULL FAITH in Worthy that she’ll do a good job in this investigation, and hopefully we can prosecute the crap out of this failed Mayor!
In the mean time, Deputy Mayor Anthony Adams has taken over the job of Mayor while Kilpatrick has “fled” to Florida with his family.
I think this picture sums up what Oakland County Executive L. Brooks Patterson described as a “hell of a self-made mess”:
Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox said he will hold off on making any decisions to investigate or prosecute until Wayne County (Kym Worthy) is done with its investigation (and if they do prosecute, then he would not).
If convicted, Kilpatrick and Beatty could face up to 15 years in prison, under Michigan law.
It’s kinda funny, regarding the lawsuit and questioning about the (at that point alleged) affair, Kilpatrick said, “I think it was pretty demoralizing to her — you have to know her — but it’s demoralizing to me as well. My mother is a congresswoman [and a bad one at that – she’s opposed to the war in Afghanistan – who even Democrats mostly support, not to mention that her office was terribly disorganized when I went to just get a pass for the Congressional chambers]. There have always been strong women around me. My aunt is a state legislator. I think it’s absurd to assert that every woman that works with a man is a whore. I think it’s disrespectful not just to Christine Beatty but to women who do a professional job that they do every single day. And it’s also disrespectful to their families as well.”
My best wishes to Kym Worthy in her investigation. Let’s boot this guy out of office!
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