13 July 2008

Monica Conyers: Money For Sludge

City Councilwoman Monica Conyers has once again done the city of Detroit proud. She has apparently moved beyond bar fights and juvenile disruptions of city council meetings to a more profitable endeavor.

According to The Detroit News:
Federal investigators have electronic surveillance evidence that allegedly links Detroit City Council President Pro Tem Monica Conyers with receiving a payment or payments in connection with a city-approved sludge contract, two people familiar with the investigation said.
But did the green change the scene?
Conyers -- who changed her position from speaking in opposition to the sludge contract to voting in favor of it -- and at least one other council member are under FBI investigation in connection with possible bribes related to the $47 million contract with Synagro Technologies Inc. of Houston. . . . In November, the City Council voted 5-4 to award a contract to Synagro.
It sure looks like Monica's vote made the difference. As the wife of our country's second-longest serving member of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Conyers Jr., there's no doubt that she has a handle on politics, it's just the whole personal integrity thing she seems to forget.

Dear, Synagro
I'd be willing to drop some lettuce in a $47 million fund if you could clean up the sludge flowing through our local government.