Friday, January 25, 2008

Open Letter to the Mayor



Kwame:

I hate to pass judgment, as the majority of Detroit and the rest of the Nation has (yes, this scandal is across the nation for all you Detroiters out there), but I have to speak my piece on this situation. I believed in you as a young voter. Your campaign was the first political entity where I felt viably connected and involved. From debates to rallies, I felt passionate about walking the campaign trail behind you. I felt empowered that a young, black male who loved the city and was actually qualified for the job, would be the Mayor of my city. I sat at your inauguration, dressed in a suit with camera in hand, and felt proud that there was a chance for change in Detroit. Your first four years in office were riddled with equal parts scandal and forward motion for the city: Super Bowl, All Star Game, Greektown Casino, MGM, Motor City, Campus Martius, Riverfront Conservancy, and the list goes on. You survived another campaign and I felt that maybe the tides had turned and you had learned from the mistakes of your past. But as the saying goes, what is done in the dark will always come to the light. Well, the spotlight is on you. I hate the situation that you are in. Moreso, I hate the situation you have placed my city in. With unemployment at an all-time high, a dying auto industry, and the worst housing market in the US, did you have to add anything to Detroit's overflowing plate? Kwame, I guess I said all that to say... not only did you let down Detroit and yourself, you let me down. I believed in you and you spit on that belief. Good luck with your current situation. You are going to need it.

-Mike

For more info on the potential perjury scandal of Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick click here.

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