In the least shocking headline since "Roadrunner Escapes Coyote" the Detroit Free Press dropped this one yesterday: "Feds have evidence ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick took bribes."
According to the freep,
A contractor who pleaded guilty in an ongoing corruption probe in Detroit has told investigators that he handed as much as $100,000 in bribes to then-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in 2002.That's right, apparently the funds Kilpatrick pilfered from the city weren't quite enough to cover Escalade jaunts to Niagara and gold-studded earrings. The article goes on to explain:
The contractor, Karl Kado of West Bloomfield, . . . told authorities he paid Kwame Kilpatrick in four or five installments of about $20,000 each. Kado, who is awaiting sentencing for paying bribes to protect multimillion-dollar Cobo Center contracts, said he sometimes delivered the money in envelopes to Kilpatrick's office on the 11th floor at city Hall, and sometimes Kilpatrick dropped by Cobo to get the cash.And the worst part, the Cobo Center's roof still leaks. Note to future Detroit politicians, if you're going to take bribes from contractors at least choose competent ones for the city's sake.