Monday, January 28, 2008

More on the Mayor

For the fourth day in a row, the text messaging scandal that Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick finds himself in the middle of is on the front page of the newspapers. I've read several comments, both here and elsewhere, that the fact that Mayor Kilpatrick was re-elected after the scandals in his first term is a sign that Detroiters have very low standards; that we're doomed and that this is only a continuation of what has always been going on.

Before I respond to that, I want to reiterate my standard disclaimer: my opinions are my own; they do not necessarily reflect on the Warrendale Community Organization or any other group of which I am an officer.

Detroit has some problems and Mayor Kilpatrick is far from perfect. However, I worry that we as a community might lose our sense of perspective. With that in mind, I would like to recap a few things.

First, in the summer of 2005, Mayor Kilpatrick became the first Detroit mayor to come in second place in the mayoral primary. He was almost eliminated at that early stage - something that rarely happens in American politics.

Shortly after that, Rosa Parks passed away. Her funeral presented Mayor Kilpatrick with an opportunity to both remove the scandals from the public's attention for a few days and, more importantly, to appear as a quiet, committed leader in front of the news media. By most accounts, that funeral did a lot to help Mayor Kilpatrick's re-election campaign.

There was also the fact that his opponent in the general election, Freman Hendrix, had a considerable amount of political baggage, which carried from his tenure on the Reform School Board. That baggage became downright devastating when the Kilpatrick campaign aired a television commercial with footage of Mr. Hendrix demanding that a grandmother be hauled away during a protest at that meeting.

Finally, there is the fact that Mayor Kilpatrick got a considerable amount of support from the labor unions, which are still key political players in Detroit.

After all of that, Mayor Kilpatrick was re-elected with only a 6% margin of victory.

Looking forward, there is the fact that Mrs. Parks will not be having another funeral in 2009. Moreover, it is unlikely that Mayor Kilpatrick will face a challenger with as much political baggage as he did last time. There is also the fact that the labor unions do not seem likely to be supportive of his next campaign since they are already calling him a "lame duck".

Whether or not Mayor Kilpatrick is re-elected next year will, in my opinion, depend entirely on how well the City is managed and on how successful he is in building the Next Detroit that he often talks about. There can be no doubt that he has accomplished some amazing things in downtown Detroit. The result in the neighborhoods, however, have been more of a mixed bag to put it mildly.

The six neighborhoods that the Kilpatrick Administration targeted for the Next Detroit Initiative have shown some significant improvement. The other neighborhoods, however, remain in what can politely be called a challenging condition.

There are 21 months remaining until his re-election. A lot can change in 21 months. The first President George Bush went from more than a 90% approval rating to being out of a job in roughly that much time. If Mayor Kilpatrick wishes to remain in office, he would do well to concentrate on the neighborhoods even more than he currently is doing.

2 comments:

DAVID L. MALHALAB said...

HIP HOP KILPATRICK - GUILTY, RESIGN..
This is an update: because of the sex, lies and text messages revealed today by the Detroit Free Press (Schaefer / Elrick) about Mayor Kilpatrick and his Chief of Staff Christine Beatty.

We must learn the TRUTH - so

Today: January 25, 2008, I have filed a complaint with the Michigan Attorney Grievance Commission, requesting an investigation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a Michigan attorney, for obstruction of justice and perjury, in regards to the Nelthrope/Brown civil lawsuit in Wayne County Court - Judge Michael Callahan.

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy cannot investigate this matter properly, and Michael Cox, Michigan Attorney General is compromised - if not involved in a cover up of the alleged Manogian Mansion party, which may have resulted in Tamara Greene's homicide.

I was suspended six days from the Detroit Police Dept for giving an interview to WDIV Chl 4 - Mike Lewis about Christine Beatty being stopped for speeding by two Detroit Police Officers. The Mayor said it may have been a 'set up' - he lied. It cost me six days pay and benefits, so that Chief Bully-Cummings could continue the coverup of the Mayor's sexual affair.

The two police officers who stopped Beatty were subject to vile and profane langauage and the filed a lawsuit, which may or may not have been resolved by now in the 5 figures. And this goes beyond to the Manogian Mansion lies and coverup and a possible homicide - that must now be more vigorously investigated, because a $150 million dollar lawsuit has been filed against the Mayor, Beatty, Cummings and the City, over the failure of the police department to properly investigate the homicide of Tamara Greene.

Mayor Kilpatrick, Christine Beatty and Chief Ella Bully-Cummings should and must resign they have failed the duties of their office and the people of Detroit.

If they don't resign then the State must step in and remove them.

Sep 11, 2007 | 5:43 PM
FYI...........
The verdict in the whistle blower case against the City and Mayor Kilpatrick shows the cesspool of corruption in the Detroit political leadership from the mayor, city council to school board continues - starting with Coleman Young and continuing today.

Detroit needs new political leadership ...now...and a new police chief not tied to the mayor...residents, visitors and Detroit police officers need to know that the Police Department is led by executives who make the best decisions to protect them - not political decisions.

Mayor Kilpatrick says we (Detroit) doesn't have the money to pay the judgement in the Brown / Neglthorpe lawsuit...BUT..... the City had $7million dollars to pave 10 acres of Belle Isle...and untold millions of $$$$ more for improvements of Belle Isle for the Grand Prix.

Kilpatrick should have friends and family pay the entire award...He has betrayed his oath of office and disgraced Detroit, not to mention allegations of criminal behavior that haven't been resolved - and no should be..now... Call the Detroit City Council (313 224 4500) and tell them to have Kilpatrick pay - and to stop any costly appeals.

Detroit needs new ethical political leadership...now..
.david malhalab

The Spotlighter said...

Good luck with that!

It never ends, does it? The entire Detroit government is full of careless crooks. A person is either one of them, or eventually they'll give you just cause to sue the city.

How much does this city pay annually in damages? I should look into it.