A few days back, I wrote under our “It’s Worth Repeating” category: “Offered the choice of getting hit by a deadly hurricane or elect Democrats, any American city is obviously better off with the hurricane. (cf, for example: Detroit, Michigan)”
Here’s today’s headline from CBS News pertaining to the corruption trial of former Detroit mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick: Kilpatrick Verdict: Guilty Of Racketeering.”
I don’t want to pat myself on the back, or toot my own horn, or call myself prescient or anything…Ok, maybe I will. Just a little.
Here are some interesting excerpts from the article itself:
Kwame Kilpatrick, Bernard Kilpatrick and Bobby Ferguson were hit with more than 30 charges of federal mail and tax fraud, extortion, bribery and racketeering — with Kilpatrick convicted of 24 charges. Ferguson was the only one without tax fraud charges, and Bernard Kilpatrick was the only one not convicted of racketeering.
Included were allegations that Cobo Hall contractor Karl Kado knew he had to deliver $10,000 cash to the mayor’s office anytime he got a call from Kilpatrick asking him to stop by. [emphasis added] Another businessman seeking City Hall contracts said he got no interest from the Kilpatrick Administration until he paid $4,800 to get the mayor’s suits out of layaway — and was then invited to bid on a contract.
But there was a catch, he testified, because he soon learned Kilpatrick’s longtime best friend Bobby Ferguson had to be included as a subcontractor for him to win any work.
Prosecutor Michael Bullotta also highlighted testimony from former Kilpatrick pal Derrick Miller and fundraiser and family friend Emma Bell, who both laid out a system of kickbacks and bribes they said they had to follow when Kilpatrick was in office. Testimony detailed cash delivered in a vacuum cleaner bag, taken from shoes, stored in Bell’s bra and delivered in the bathroom of a local Chinese restaurant, among other oddballs. [empahsis added] [Editor’s Note: You couldn’t invent this stuff! People would laugh it off as not credible. It truly is incredible!]
Prosecutors said Ferguson made more than $80 million [Editor’s Note: Eighty Mill! Holy Mackerel!!!] while Kilpatrick was in office with schemes hatched between himself and the mayor, showing stacks and stacks of cash [emphasis added] he had hidden in his home and office.
Needless to say, Kilpatrick is just one of a long series of Democrat Party mayors. The last non-Democrat in the mayor’s office in Detroit was Republican Louis Miriani who departed in 1962.
Again: Given the choice of getting hit by a monster hurricane or elect Democrats, any American city should immediately take the hurricane and run. Don’t give ’em a chance to withdraw the offer!
Detroiters have to be saying, “Where’s our hurricane?!? Bring it on! Maybe it’ll carry away all the trash!”