Tuesday, January 07, 2014

Duggan asks for 6 months; won't get it

Mayor Mike Duggan - Press Photo
Mayor Mike Duggan held his public "Dedication to Detroit" investiture ceremony this morning. In his speech, he asked Detroiters for six months worth of patience making any judgments about him or his Administration.

"I say to you one thing: Just give us six months," he pleaded. "Give us six months to prove we can turn things around. Push the pause button and don’t leave that house yet. Give us six months and let us prove what we can do."

The mayor will not get the six month honeymoon that he asks Detroiters to give him. He will only have 100 days before people start passing judgement and that's if he's lucky. This is the same as every other elected official.

President Barack Obama inherited two wars, an opposition party determined to undermine anything that he tried to do, as well as the worst economic meltdown since the Great Depression. In spite of that, he barely got 100 hours.

Governor Rick Snyder inherited a economic and political mess as well. While I disagree with much of what he did, he did show that a lot can be done in 100 days.

Mayor Duggan has 100 days to show Detroit what you can do. No one expects him to solve all of Detroit's problems in a few months. However, I do expect him to have some kind of progress to demonstrate within that time-frame. Hence, that is when he and every other political will be judged in earnest.

The first seven of those 100 days in office are up. Let's see what he can do with the remaining 93.

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