01 December 2008

Meanwhile, In The Wayne County Jail

Kwame Kilpatrick sits.

While I spent another Sunday trying to wrap my arms around watching Brett Farve toss the ball to Jets players on purpose, the former mayor of Detroit was sitting in his cell in the Wayne County jail, probably having the same thoughts about Farve.

What a waste. Not Brett Farve going to the big apple (that seems to have worked out for him), but Kilpatrick's fall from promise to prison. When he first took office many of us were filled with optimism, thinking this bright, charismatic leader would bring Detroit into a new era where the city and the suburbs worked together to give America another bustling metropolis along the lines of Chicago. But instead Kilpatrick turned out to be just another power-hungry politician who would use race, position, friends and even a skank skulking pager to grab and maintain power. What a terrific waste.
The former mayor is now serving 120 days behind bars and now it appears that one of his partners in crime, Christine Beatty, is about to strike a plea of her own (one that does include the phrase "yes, I want you too"). According to the Detroit News, Beatty is considering a guilty plea to reduce potential jail time and help all of us to take another step away from this embarrassing episode in the history of a proud city.
Please, Christine, take whatever they offer. Trust me, you are not only one who wants to put this whole sordid affair behind you.


  1. RightMichigan.com said...

    You know what I liked best about Sunday? Watching Brett Favre throw the ball to Denver Broncos.

    Playoff bound, babies!


  2. NEO, SOC said...

    It worked to my favor because I need the Bills, Jets and Patriots to loose so Miami can move up in the league and clinch a spot in the playoffs on their way to winning the superbowl!

    Did you see the corruption in Chicago about 15 officers busted in a Federal sting?

  3. namaste said...

    i couldn't agree more about kilpatrick. what a waste. it's systemic, tke (with exceptions of course). but in kwame's defense, i'll concede it is hard to fight the ugliness that pervades detroit and other cities like it.

  4. Khaki Elephant said...

    Farve still has it!

    And, Neo, I grew up in Florida so I'd love to see the fish do it.

  5. Khaki Elephant said...

    Neo, didn't see the Chicago story until I read your note. Unbelievable.

    And you're right, Marie, Detroit has some major problems. Though the previous mayor, Dennis Archer, had things heading in the right direction until he decided he'd had enough.