Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Day 5

For the fifth day in a row, the text messaging scandal that Mayor Kwame M. Kilpatrick finds himself embroiled in was on the front page of the daily newspapers. While the comments left on this blog have been unanimous in the opinion that Mayor Kilpatrick should resign, I don't think that is going to happen when he addresses the public tomorrow evening.

I am personally disappointed that it has take Mayor Kilpatrick this long to address the public. It was a good idea for him to consult with an attorney before making any public statements, simply because he is accused of a felony and there are multiple on-going intestigations. However, I believe he has been in seclusion for too long.

The on-going mortgage crisis has decimated the Warrendale neighborhood. The U.S. Conference of Mayors met this past weekend to finalize a strategy for dealing with it. Mayor Kilpatrick was originally scheduled to attend, but he instead spent this past weekend in seclusion.

Mayor Kilpatrick had been a part of the process up until this moment. It's not clear how much, if at all, the needs of Detroiters suffered from his absense this past weekend. However, in general terms, it is simply not a good idea for Detroit's mayor to miss important meetings like this one. Detroit has needs that cannot be effectively dealt with in seclusion.

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