The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Great craic in Michigan
There's at least one movie in Michigan politics, of course: they repeal the Twenty-second Amendment, and the Governator faces off against the attractive but Canadian-born Jennifer Granholm .
But it's far from the only one, it seems . The Mayor of Detroit is one Kwame Kilpatrick , who seems, as they say, to divide opinion.
By rights, he should be as bent as a nine bob note (politically, that is); a city like Detroit is probably the closest the modern US comes to the ethnic stews that supported Tammanies in the various cities in the pre-war period.
But a cursory search brings up what looks like nothing but invective from what looks like a bunch of usual suspects - so I won't go chasing the angle .
The latest thing is his war against WXYZ-TV's Steve Wilson, described by the Freep as
pit-bullish, scoop-loving, over-the-top
(From which I'm tempted to infer that he's scooped the rag badly on occasions!)
Bill Frist may have his cohort of Motorised Ministers: so has Kilpatrick, it seems. His machine corralled
more than two dozen pastorsto vent their spleen at a presser
which attracted a former director of faith-based initiatives who has been on the mayor's re-election payroll; his mother, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Detroit; his grandfather, Marvel Cheeks, and a cousin who works in the mayor's office.
A family business, clearly.
The piece says that
Kilpatrick said he did not orchestrate the event- irony which suggests that those nasty things said about Wilson were friendly joshing between colleagues.
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