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Michigan Governor Could Remove Detroit Mayor

POSTED: 04:16 PM ET, 08/26/2008 by The Editors

The political fate of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is facing perjury and other criminal charges, may now be in the hands of a fellow Democrat, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The governor said today that she may use a provision in the state constitution to remove Kilpatrick from office. The mayor is charged with lying about a personal relationship with his then-chief of staff.

A hearing scheduled for Sept. 3 in Detroit will explore whether Kilpatrick was seeking personal gain when he asked the City Council to approve a settlement with three police officers who had been fired. A confidentiality agreement in the settlement meant that messages between Kilpatrick and his aide would remain private.

When the messages became public, the mayor and his aide, Christine Beatty, were charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and other counts.

If Granholm decides to remove Kilpatrick for misconduct, it would be the first time a governor has considered such a move since 1982.

"A hearing on the merits is warranted," Granholm said in a statement.

The City Council had asked the governor to take action, saying it was misled about the settlement. Kilpatrick's attorney disputed the City Council's petition and said it was politically motivated.

By The Editors |  August 26, 2008; 4:16 PM ET
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That is Ghetto-Fabolous...!

That is the problem w/ liberal America... if it feels good do it... there are no bounds or limits... anything goes!

Well, that is simply against the Christian principals on which this great Country was founded!

How do these high profile politicians think that they can do stuff like this and think they won't get caught? Because they are complete fools! Do you want a fool for a government leader?

Posted by: Big Daddy | August 26, 2008 5:20 PM

Yes, big daddy, this sort of thing only happens in the ghetto, and never with a white Christian. Is that how your "fabolous" thinking goes?

Posted by: Not my daddy ... | August 26, 2008 5:42 PM

You mean like Larry Craig? If behaving like kilpatrick is being compared to all Liberal morals and values, then trying to get off in the airport bathroom with other men must be a conservative trait.

Big Daddy, with your narrow minded analysis, you basically just proved that all conservatives like to get it on with dudes in the bathroom...

You should to yourself a favor and STFU...

Posted by: the man | August 26, 2008 5:48 PM

You mean like Larry Craig? If behaving like kilpatrick is being compared to all Liberal morals and values, then trying to get off in the airport bathroom with other men must be a conservative trait.

Big Daddy, with your narrow minded analysis, you basically just proved that all conservatives like to get it on with dudes in the bathroom...

You should to yourself a favor and STFU...

Posted by: hello!?! | August 26, 2008 5:48 PM

Um, this country wasn't really founded on "christian principles" note the spelling of principle. I also don't think it is very Jesus-ish to equate all liberals with this poor example of a leader, but making ignorant statements you only nullify your point.

Posted by: Hoosier | August 26, 2008 5:49 PM

I am voting for the Kwame / Edwards ticket.

How about you?

Posted by: Kwame Edwards | August 26, 2008 5:52 PM

Detroit elected the man so they deserve what they get.

Posted by: WAZZZZZZZZZZZUP | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM

Obviously the main problem the conservatives have with the liberals is the dedication to getting a proper education and basing opinions on facts.

Barack was right, these people do pride themselves on being IGNORANT!

Posted by: College Graduate | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM

Kilpatrick seems like he is a student of George Bush.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 26, 2008 5:53 PM

It's about time someone got that thug and criminal out of detroit! The city is in bad enough shape as it is - we don't need a criminal as the mayor!

Posted by: finally! | August 26, 2008 5:55 PM

BTW, not everyone feels that the country should remain a "christian" country. This is the "melting pot", which is what makes it great. There are Jews, Muslims, Hindu etc everywhere in the USA, get used to it. 99.999999% of them mean you no harm, trust me.
I am athiest, and to be honest with you, Im twice as scared of redneck right wing christians and all the other religions combined. Did you know that the greatest portions of terrorist attacks in the US have come from christians, its the truth, look it up.

Well, anyway, we are about to vote your kind out of office and make this country great, so step aside rednecks and make way for a greater america where people like you no longer have any say whatsoever...

Posted by: BTW | August 26, 2008 5:58 PM

Big Daddy - Dude! Your biases are showing!

This sort of things happens in lily-white suburban and rural communities all the time. The scarlet text messages between a small county sheriff's office dispatcher and a detective come to mind, locally. Yeah, he lied to try to cover it up, too -- so did Nixon.

Color him . . . Human!

Yep! I'm white. I'm conservative. And, I'm Christian. I just try to remember what Jesus said about casting stones.

Posted by: Countrybred | August 26, 2008 5:59 PM

BTW, not everyone feels that the country should remain a "christian" country. This is the "melting pot", which is what makes it great. There are Jews, Muslims, Hindu etc everywhere in the USA, get used to it. 99.999999% of them mean you no harm, trust me.
I am athiest, and to be honest with you, Im twice as scared of redneck right wing christians and all the other religions combined. Did you know that the greatest portions of terrorist attacks in the US have come from christians, its the truth, look it up.

Well, anyway, we are about to vote your kind out of office and make this country great, so step aside rednecks and make way for a greater america where people like you no longer have any say whatsoever...

Posted by: !?! | August 26, 2008 5:59 PM

BTW, not everyone feels that the country should remain a "christian" country. This is the "melting pot", which is what makes it great. There are Jews, Muslims, Hindu etc everywhere in the USA, get used to it. 99.999999% of them mean you no harm, trust me.
I am athiest, and to be honest with you, Im twice as scared of redneck right wing christians and all the other religions combined. Did you know that the greatest portions of terrorist attacks in the US have come from christians, its the truth, look it up.

Well, anyway, we are about to vote your kind out of office and make this country great, so step aside rednecks and make way for a greater america where people like you no longer have any say whatsoever...

Posted by: posting problems! | August 26, 2008 6:00 PM

WE GET IT....THE US IS A MELTING POT!!

Posted by: Yep | August 26, 2008 6:04 PM

Edwards should have dumped his sick wife and run off with a rich piece of arm candy like Johnny. Or several bimbos, like Rudy. He'd be the GOP's choice for President for sure.

He could have made some propaganda tapes for the Viet Cong, too, but that would just be icing on the cake.
Granholm needs to let City Council grow a pair and deal with Kwame.

Posted by: northguy3 | August 26, 2008 6:06 PM

Put a thief in the job and what do you get-thievery!! Put a lame-ass politican's son in a job and what do you get-Kwame Kilpatrick!! I bet he even tells people that he's Irish.

Posted by: Dave Duckworth | August 26, 2008 6:12 PM

Kilpatrick seems like he is a student of George Bush."

Unlike me, I have friends to hide behind. If I get caught, I just blame them. So, Kilpatrick...you're NOT a very good student.

Posted by: GW | August 26, 2008 6:26 PM

Kilpatrick seems like he is a student of George Bush."

Unlike me, I have friends to hide behind. If I get caught, I just blame them. So, Kilpatrick...you're NOT a very good student.

Posted by: GW | August 26, 2008 6:27 PM

Firstly, Kwame Kilpatrick should have been arrested and charged for assaulting the police office that served a search warrant on him during the purgery investigation. That would have made the decision much easier.

Second, what does this have to do with christians and conservatives?? The governor of Michagan is a Democrat and very Liberal at that.

Dave Duckworth is right, he is a thief and I bet he claims to be Irish when it is politically sound.

Everyone cares about the act, when instead you should put the act up against his character. Plain and simple, this man is a liar. And it is against the law to lie in court to a judge. Guilty = removal.

Posted by: Glad I moved.. | August 26, 2008 7:03 PM

I'm just glad it's not someone representing DC for change...!

Posted by: Jeff Campbell | August 26, 2008 9:17 PM

Seems you all have missed the point. The mayor was elected twice. And over the period of 6 years has lied and cheated more times than the local paper can even report on. He is a straight up thug. Now his Father is being investigated by the FBI for taking bribes from city businesses for city contracts. Everything about his family is starting to stink up the entire state. His Mother is even a US Congresswoman. Who knows maybe she will end up getting thrown out. Hopefully her re-election bid this November will fail. Detroit has historically had corruption running the policies for the past 34 years or more. It all stinks. Detroit is the only major city I know of that does not have a favorable relationship with it's suburbs.

Posted by: Detroit Resident | August 26, 2008 9:38 PM

Seems you all have missed the point. The mayor was elected twice. And over the period of 6 years has lied and cheated more times than the local paper can even report on. He is a straight up thug. Now his Father is being investigated by the FBI for taking bribes from city businesses for city contracts. Everything about his family is starting to stink up the entire state. His Mother is even a US Congresswoman. Who knows maybe she will end up getting thrown out. Hopefully her re-election bid this November will fail. Detroit has historically had corruption running the policies for the past 34 years or more. It all stinks. Detroit is the only major city I know of that does not have a favorable relationship with it's suburbs.

Posted by: Detroit Resident | August 26, 2008 9:39 PM

the electorate elects the leadership it deserves

Posted by: 'bro | August 26, 2008 11:15 PM

I am a native Detroiter and I take offense to your remarks about my Mayor who was elected twice by Detroiters. What happened to innocent until proven guilty. You claim the Mayor assaulted a police officer on him. Let's get the story straight; the Wayne County Sheriff went to the Mayor's sister's home to serve a search warrant on someone who did not live there. It is obvious it was harrassment. The officer even radioed back to dispatch to find out who lived at the house and were informed the person they were attempting to serve did not live there. If they believe the person was at that home visiting the proper procedure is to wait until they come out to serve them, not go to the door. Also, Mayor Kilpatrick has been called a thug. Let's looke at this carefully; he has never been in trouble with the law, he graduated from one of the best high schools in Detroit, he possesses both an Bachelor's Degree as well as a Law Degree. He has never been involved in any gang violence, never robbed, murdered or raped anyone. Wow! That's a pretty bad thug!!!

Posted by: mispinster | August 27, 2008 9:46 AM

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