” I am not a friend to a very energetic government. It is always oppressive. “
Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick resigned today after dragging the city through months of financial pain suffering. As one watched the feed from the Wayne County Court room that Kilpatrick and his co-defendant, former Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, both occupied, you could not help but feel sadness for the two who have laid waste a community, and promising careers for a few moments of physical pleasure.
His agreed to plea deal strips him of his Law License, pension benefits, requires him to pay one million is restitution, forbids political office for 5 years, and, places him in jail for 4 months. Not to mention what it does to his wife and children.
Perhaps none of the above concerned him when he committed the offenses that ended his run as Detroit’s mayor. It is certain that it will occupy his thoughts now.
Barack Obama has blazed to a South Carolina victory but along with that he picks up a prized endorsement.
The most note worthy and to me the most important endorsement to date comes on the heels of Dr. King’s birthday observance and the haunting memory of his “I Have a Dream” speech.
President John F. Kennedy’s daughter, Caroline Kennedy, has formally endorsed Barack Obama today bringing to bear an even bigger force than Oprah! The memories of the late John and Bobby Kennedy legacy to America.
The fat lady is not singing yet but we are definitely heading into a Super Tuesday primary that is taking on an even more super meaning.
Have we finally arrived at the time Dr. King referred to? The day when we as African Americans will be judged on the content of our character, and not on the color of our skin? God only knows but I sure pray so for us all!
Just as Olympic star Marion Jones starts to settle into her prison time for perjury charges in her doping case, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick may soon be following!
Media news outlets are reporting that The Detroit News / Free Press has obtained copies of emails sent between the mayor and his Chief of Staff, Christine Beatty, implying that they lied to the court during the “Whistle Blower’s” trial that took place August of 2007.
The outcome of that trial was that the city of Detroit has to pay out millions of dollars as a judgment due to the mayor terminating city employees who brought his questionable behavior to light. Part of that behavior was the alleged affair between Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty which it now appears both of them lied about under oath.
The Detroit News / Free Press is not disclosing how they got the copies of the emails but have made text from them public. The emails were sent via the City of Detroit server system and Mayor Kilpatrick’s city issued “BlackBerry”.
If the prosecutor presses forward with charges Mayor Kilpatrick and Christine Beatty could face up to 15 years in prison.
For the record former President Bill Clinton lied to a special prosecutor, and the country about his affair yet did no time … I wonder how this one will play out?
For a video checkout this CNN link: http://www.cnn.com/2008/POLITICS/01/24/detroit.mayor/index.html#cnnSTCVideo
John David Roy Atchison 53, who was in custody and occupied a single cell at a special detention facility outside of Detroit was found dead in his cell today.
Atchison a Florida prosecutor from Gulf Breeze, Florida was busted in a child molestation sting run by Michigan authorities this past September. He had traveled to Michigan for a meeting with whom he ultimately believed would be a 5 year old girl for the purpose of having sex.
His death is under investigation.
Michigan’s government has come to a grinding stop due to a lack of concern and cooperation between it’s governor and legislative branch to come to an agreement on an operating budget.
State services will be effected as notices went out Friday for employees to stay home until a new budget can be approved and put in place.
Currently it seems that the only employees expected to report to work are prison employees though it is not clear how their pay is to be met.
This budget crisis was nothing new to the governor and our state representatives. That aside be it partisan politics or just plain apathy nothing was done within the required time to avoid the current mess.
Who is to blame this time? The Republicans or the Democrats? Maybe it is us the voters! After all when we voted for our officials we usually have the choice of voting for what is at best the lesser of two evils.
What is without question is that this time evil prevails ….
The most recent judgment for two Detroit cops dismissed by Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick just goes to prove that it is time for the city of Detroit to look for new leadership.
For a city already facing serious financial, social, and educational choices one thing the citizens don’t need in my opinion is to foot the bill for a self centered politician.
Last month the mayor announced that there would be a $230 million deficit, the elimination of 900 public employee jobs, and demanded city workers take a 10 percent pay cut and other reduced benefits.
The mayor said 24-hour bus service would be ended, city-owned vehicles sold, and plans developed to privatize the city’s public lighting department.
Saying his predecessors had failed to “make tough decisions” and citing the supposedly bloated city payroll, Kilpatrick said the financial predicament was so dire it “requires sacrifice and solutions from everyone.”
Behind the scenes however, there wasn’t any belt-tightening going on in the mayor’s office. Several weeks before the budget-cutting announcements the city used taxpayers’ money to lease a $57,000 luxury sport utility vehicle, complete with a moon roof, leather interior and heated seats, for the mayor’s wife and three small sons. In order to circumvent public oversight city officials paid $24,995 a year for the Lincoln Navigator, five dollars below the amount that would require approval by the City Council.
Come on Detroit … wake up …. the experiment with Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has failed. It is time to move on.