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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

New York and Detroit Need Cleaning Up

New Yorkers and Detroiters have to ask themselves one question. Is this what I want in my Governor and my Mayor. Shouldn’t voters have some recourse when it becomes obvious that the head of a state, city or country for that matter, has become so corrupted that their presence in office is offensive. In New York we have David Patterson, who recently replaced the disgraced Elliot Spitzer, whose fetish for hookers cost him and possibly New York taxpayers more than $80,000. Patterson, son of long-time New York politician Basil Patterson, has admitted to having relationships outside his marriage, taking drugs and using taxpayer funds to fund his escapades. In Detroit we have Kwami Kilpatrick. This multi-term mayor is implicated in giving false testimony is a civil trial in which he was accused of the firing of two Detroit internal affairs police officers, who were investigating misconduct by the mayor and his staff and had discovered an adulterous relationship between him and his chief of staff. Both denied such a relationship existed. The police officers won the case and it cost Detroit taxpayers $8.4 million. After the case was decided the Detroit Free Press released portions of thousands of sexually explicit and steamy text messages. Have we become so chastened about passing judgment on others that we are afraid to criticize officials who would willfully take part in behavior that can only be considered obscene, dishonest and disgusting? Do we not have a right to expect our elected officials to be honest, forthright and faithful to their path and their family? I think we do. Patterson and Kilpatrick should resign.