Tuesday, March 25, 2008

International attention Michigan can do without

The Kwame Kilpatrick indictment has all the world looking at Detroit.

Detroit mayor in sex scandal (Australia): "Mr Kilpatrick, the youngest-ever Mayor of Detroit, said he expected to be cleared. He did not deny wrongdoing and did not address calls for his resignation."

Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick charged with perjury over sex scandal (Times Online, UK): " The 37-year-old Democrat, a former teacher who was dubbed the "Hip-Hop Mayor" because of his youth and energy when he was elected in 2002, last night faced calls to resign from every member of the City Council."

Detroit mayor charged with perjury, says he will be exonerated (International Herald Tribune): "Flanked by a high-octane lawyer and national public relations expert, Kilpatrick said he is 'deeply disappointed' in multiple felony counts lodged against him and former Chief of Staff Christine Beatty."

Another US Democrat involved in sex scandal (Radio Netherlands): "In the US, yet another prominent Democratic politician has become involved in a sex scandal. Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick has been charged with perjury, obstructing justice and abuse of power. He was allegedly involved in a secret relationship with a member of his staff and threw a wild party in his office which included a stripper."

Detroit Mayor will fight charges (OttawaCitizen.com/Canada.com): "Though he has had a rocky two tenures - accused of lavish spending with his city credit card and of publically denying the police department paid for a Lincoln Navigator for his wife - he was considered a rising Democratic star. He is the first Detroit mayor to be charged with a felony while in office."