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Good and Bad News for the Kilpatricks

How's this for good timing?

On Tuesday, Michigan Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick narrowly eked out a win in her Democratic primary race, beating former state Rep. Mary Waters by three points after a contest largely focused on the sex scandal surrounding the incumbent's son, Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick (D).

Today, roughly 36 hours after his mother's victory, comes the news that Kwame Kilpatrick has been ordered jailed by a judge because he made an unauthorized trip to Canada while under indictment.

What if this had happened two days ago? Obviously, voters already knew the mayor was in trouble, but if he had been put in jail just before his mother's primary, might that have been the final straw that tipped just enough votes to defeat her and end her 12-year House career? We'll never know. So even as this must be a trying day for her family, at least Rep. Kilpatrick can breathe a sigh of relief that she still has a job. Her son may not have one much longer.

By Ben Pershing  |  August 7, 2008; 11:35 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign , Ethics and Rules  
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this is an ongoing saga in detroit that has many twists and has the flavor of sex,adultery,power and political influence.

Posted by: ron | August 7, 2008 12:33 PM | Report abuse

Woe be to those who try to get in the way of Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick or Kwame now!

She's got another two years now to try to intimidate the rest of the World.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 7, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

He will pull the race card before the cell door is closed.

Posted by: hillary2012 | August 7, 2008 1:52 PM | Report abuse

The mayor of any city should be a role model and inspiration to children. He is def doing a great job of fulfilling that role to kids... be successful and go to jail!

Posted by: Brittany | August 7, 2008 2:27 PM | Report abuse

Mr Kilpatrick had this coming. Perhaps similar accountability should have been called for at an earlier stage of his life and maybe, just maybe, none of this may have happened. It's time for him to step down from the responsibility of mayor and attend to his personal issues.

Posted by: Draesop | August 7, 2008 2:55 PM | Report abuse

Carolyn Cheeks-Kilpatrick would have lost in a landslide except that she was fortunate enough to have 2 opponents who split the vote against her, allowing Kilpatrick to eek out a 3% win. The Kilpatrick Family Dynasty is going the way of the Edsel.

Posted by: DSGusted | August 7, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

In May 2007, Kilpatrick received a glowing endorsement from Barack Obama, who called him a "great mayor" who is doing an "outstanding job."

Heck of a job, Brownie!

Posted by: pgr88 | August 7, 2008 4:35 PM | Report abuse

You cannot put a black man in charge, as #2 maybe. look at Merrill Lynch,Fannie Mae, Detroit, for example.

Posted by: OldTimer1 | August 7, 2008 4:45 PM | Report abuse

Guess he won't be going to the democratic convention.

Posted by: Fred | August 7, 2008 5:05 PM | Report abuse

OldTimer1, are you Jim Crow's cousin? There are many African-American men and women who successfully run corporations (i.e., Ken Chenault of Amex) and cabinet-level departments (Condi Rice, Sec of State). You seem to be bothered by having to be subordinate to a person of color, given your posting. Sorry, but it is a new day. Get with the program.

If incompetence is based on race, then Bush should not be POTUS (worse president ever), many white males who ran corporate boardroom are in jail (Skiling of Enron lore, Ebbers of then-MCI, and that old, white-haired dude of Adelphia Cable with his boys). I could add the late Ken Lay of Enron, but he died, and that Kowolski guy who had $10G umbrella stands, and $600 shower curtains in house by raiding the corporate coffers. I think the point is made. What are their excuses? Greed and incompetence know no color. Idiot!

Posted by: Black and Bitter Like Coffee | August 7, 2008 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Now, if they can just nail Rep. William Jefferson (D-La.) who took $100,000 in bribe money and hid it in his freezer, then took a Fema plane down to New Orleans during the Katrina aftermath to retrieve it.

Oh right, he didn't do it. He's innocent.

Posted by: David | August 7, 2008 7:09 PM | Report abuse

what's sad about the split vote is that one of the candidates, who came in 3rd place, didn't even live in the congressional district, but some rule allowed her to still run.
however, she still hasn't filed a campaign finance form, so some speculate on what her true motives/goals were in joining the race at all.
mayor kwame is an embarrassment, but his situation has given internet voyeurs great desktop entertainment ever since his steamy text messages to his paramour, howard university's christine beatty, were discovered back in january.

Posted by: KenFromCalifornia | August 7, 2008 7:28 PM | Report abuse

Didn't we learn from Bill Clinton's problem with Monica? Why would they be impeached or jailed for having an affair? That should be their own family's personal problem, not the public's. The media used to have respect for politicians and not report everyone's dirty laundry. This nonsense just makes Detroit and the whole country look bad. Drop it all ready.

Posted by: James | August 8, 2008 12:40 AM | Report abuse

Didn't we learn from Bill Clinton's problem with Monica? Why would they be impeached or jailed for having an affair? That should be their own family's personal problem, not the public's. The media used to have respect for politicians and not report everyone's dirty laundry. This nonsense just makes Detroit and the whole country look bad. Drop it all ready.

Posted by: James | August 8, 2008 12:59 AM | Report abuse

Leadership in Michigan is nowhere to be seen. The Democratic Governor (the leader of the party in the state) is too much of a coward to deal with Kwami. The Republican Attorney General has protected Kwami during his partying stage and now that the political winds have change will indite him for assault after his initial stay in jail. Pelosi came to the state to endorse his crooked mother during her primary. All while south eastern Michigan spirals into an economic depression.

Posted by: S. Rochester | August 8, 2008 1:37 AM | Report abuse

This is to Bill's comment about the "affair" being the issue and for us to drop it• It was and still is about lies, deceit, corruption, the firing of two law enforcement personnel for doing their job, a murder, and probably many other illegal activities. Get your head out of the sand Bill and wake up. This is about more coverups from political officials who don't want their own indiscretions, or in some cases illegal activities investigated, so they do nothing while the people WANTED HIM OUT OF OFFICE months ago.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 8, 2008 10:05 AM | Report abuse

Posted by: EHammel. Canton, MI | August 8, 2008 10:16 AM | Report abuse

Kwame made this bed himself and needs to lie in it. This has nothng to do with race but all to do with lies and deceitful. Kwame should be in jail. His job was to represent Detroit. Not Black Detroit or White Detroit but Detroit. This has nothing to do with color. Regardless of his race he was a man in power who used it to his advantage. Correct, it was a personal issue until he used the taxpayers money for his private use, until he involved the police officers to save his job until he lied. At that point it was no longer personal but business. Kwame should learn one lesson, he is not above the law...

Posted by: L Johnson | August 8, 2008 11:34 AM | Report abuse

@L Johnson, very well put. I believe this will bring about the necessary reforms in Detroit's adminstrative structure (ie, putting more power in the City Council). Yes, it is unfortunate that Detroit is thrust into the national spotlight in such under such poor pretenses, but the people elected this clown and now they get to deal with him. I have nothing against Kilpatrick, whether it be racial or personal; he was a fine leader in the Michigan State Legislature but it's time for Detroit to get rid of him before he brings any more problems. This could be just the tip of the iceberg.

Posted by: the_deuce | August 8, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

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