Just in case you were wondering, America's Other-Other Favorite Philanderer is still trying to hold on to his job. Now, with the City Council introducing a resolution to make him step down, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is digging deep into the Marion Barry bag of Ghetto Jedi Mind Tricks. I sure as hell hope the fine folks of Day-Twa ain't fallin' for this scam.
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lashed out at his opponents and the news media Tuesday night, accusing them of showing a "lynch mob mentality" in the aftermath of the scandal over his exchange of sexually explicit text messages with a former top aide.Lynch Mob, huh? The same Lynch Mob that had a stripper named Strawberry (whom the mayor's wife infamously beat up) in the mayoral mansion? The same Lynch Mob that ran up $200,000 in personal charges on a city-issued credit card? The same Lynch Mob that fired cops who were threatening to bust his affair with his ironically titled CHIEF OF STAFF (props to D.P.)? The same Lynch Mob that forced the city to shell out $9M to the unfairly fired cops? The same Lynch Mob that wrote thousands of incriminating and sexually suggestive text messages on a city-issued Blackberry?
It happened as he finished reading the written text released before his State of the City address, which had only a brief allusion to the text-message controversy. The case has led to a criminal probe of whether Kilpatrick lied under oath when he denied the affair with former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty, revealed in numerous text messages.
Kilpatrick, who is black, said he and his family have been subjected to racial slurs, as well as threats.
"In the past three days, I've received more death threats than I have in my entire administration," he said. "I've heard these words before, but I've never heard them said about my wife and children," he continued, his voice rising as he wagged his fingers and gestured with his arms.
"I don't believe that a Nielsen rating is worth the life of my children or your children. This unethical, illegal, lynch mob mentality has to stop."
That same Lynch Mob, right?
Watch this nonsense.
I guess you can give Kwame some credit for putting his jumpoff on the city payroll instead of running up $80K in assorted hooker expenditures. But I digress.
Speaking of the now-deceased Strawberry, Carlita Kilpatrick, and the long rumored Manoogian Mansion party, the papers are reporting today that this whole thing was documented in a police report, which I guess means it's no longer just an urban legend.
A retired Detroit Police Department clerk came forward today to say she saw a police report in 2002 in which stripper Tamara Greene described being attacked by Carlita Kilpatrick, wife of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, during a party at the Manoogian Mansion. The court affidavit by former clerk Joyce Carolyn Rogers of Troy marks the first time a Detroit police employee has stated that a report on the long-rumored party and assault exists.So after all the black eyes (no pun) this dude's bought to the Motor City, he wants citizens to now rally behind him on the basis that the media and some mysterious white folks are prank calling his home. I sure hope Motown ain't that dumb.
“According to the report, the mayor’s wife walked into a room and witnessed Ms. Greene touching Mayor Kilpatrick in a manner that upset the mayor’s wife,” Rogers, 65, said in the affidavit. “The report further states that the mayor’s wife witnessed this, left the room and returned with a wooden object in her hand and began assaulting Ms. Greene.”
The dancer, 27, was fatally shot in April 2003 in Detroit. There have been no arrests.
It's one thing for white politricians to try and pull an okey doke on black constituents. It's an entirely different level of insult when a black man tries to pull the same bullsh*t on his own people.
If I didn't know any better, I'd swear ole' Kwame caught that recent episode of The Wire where Clay Davis shucked and jived his way out of those charges by flipping the script on the prosecutors. Just in case you're not hip to the show, watch this virtuoso performance and you'll know exactly what I mean. It's not edited well so there's a brief unrelated scene in there, but keep watching the whole thing for the full context.
Simply Brilliant. Damn, I miss that show already.
Seriously, who the hell does Kilpatrick think he is trying to pull this stunt?
Question: Is it just me, or is Kwame Kilpatrick trying to pull a Clay Davis on the fine folks of Detroit?
Detroit Mayor Decries Media "Lynch Mob" [CBS]
Council unanimously orders Kilpatrick, Beatty to appear [Detroit Free-Press]
Clerk: Dancer said in police report mayor's wife attacked her [Detroit Free-Press]