August 26th, 2008
04:50 PM ET
14 years ago

Hearing set to see if Detroit mayor should lose his job

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick appeared in court late last week."]
(CNN) - Michigan's governor will hold a hearing next week to determine if scandal-plagued Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick can be removed from office.

In a court order dated August 25, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm stated that the hearing will be held on September 3.

Along with fighting for his job next week, Kilpatrick is fighting to stay out of prison, as he has been charged with several felonies.

Kilpatrick has been embroiled in a public scandal since January, when the Detroit Free Press reported he had exchanged romantic text messages with his former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, indicating the two were involved in an affair.

At a police whistle-blower trial in 2007, the pair, under oath, denied any romantic involvement.

Kilpatrick has been charged with perjury, obstruction of justice and assault, and served a recent jail stint for violating the terms of his bail, all in connection with the sex scandal with his former chief of staff.

Members of Detroit's City Council, Michigan U.S. Rep. John Dingell and several newspapers in the city have called for Kilpatrick's resignation.

Filed under: Kwame Kilpatrick
soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Griff

    Who Care's??? Sorry Mr Cafferty didn't mean to get personal!!!

    August 26, 2008 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  2. Independent Voter

    More of the Democrat Sleaze Factor to be dealt with. I am so happy that I don't have to vote Democrat after watching these politicians' behavior. If it isn't Edwards, it's Kilpatrick. Who is next?

    August 26, 2008 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  3. Lisa

    Yeah he should lose his job!

    August 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Marie in California

    Kwame Kilpatrick most definitely should lose his job!

    I grew up in Detroit and loved that city. It was dynamic, progressive, wealthy. It is pathetic to see what Detroit has now looks like a bombed-out, burned-out Third World country.

    And Kwame has been sucking money out of Detroit by every means possible since he took office, using it as his personal piggy bank and treating the city as his personal empire while flaunting the law over and over again. He acts like an avaricious, self-centered sociopath.

    And to think.....his mother is the head of the Congressional Black Caucus. How very proud she must be of her son!

    August 26, 2008 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  5. Vegas

    Typical Democrat...

    August 26, 2008 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  6. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Talk about sleaze: Larry Craig, Spitzer, Rove, Giuliani, McCain. Do you wish to hear anymore.

    August 26, 2008 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Steven

    If he loses his job he will blame everyone else but himself! That's what politicians seem to do well! All colors, all genders, all parties!

    August 26, 2008 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  8. Earl

    This guy is still in office?

    August 26, 2008 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  9. Robert Williams

    I love to watch CNN, But what is going to take for Wolf Blitzer to shut his mouth. His mouth runs 24/7/365 so sick of him. Wish Cnn would get rid of him.

    August 26, 2008 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  10. Lisa, Seattle

    I also grew up around the Detroit are (41 years) and have lived in Seattle for the past 5 years. The city really hit the skids during Mayor Coleman Young's administration and has been unable to recover ever since. Of course, he kept getting re-elected, so who's fault is that? Despite it's negative image, I believe the city has great potential, but unfortunately the people there just have a hard time coming together. Mr. Kilpatrick should at least do the citizens of that city a favor and resign already.

    August 26, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Leave him alone

    August 26, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  12. Baa

    Leave him alon

    August 26, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  13. Mike in NYC

    (For Cripe's sake guys, let me in!)

    August 26, 2008 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  14. W O W WO W

    A N O T H E R--–O B A M A--A S S O C I A T E-–H O W --

    M A N Y -–M O R E-–O U T -–T H E R E --C N N ? ? ??

    August 26, 2008 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  15. Milford

    Please get Kwame the fool out of that city. He is a disgrace.

    August 26, 2008 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  16. Michael

    I believe, very firmly, managing in a public office has nothing to do with sex and if the appointee can do a good job (as Clinton did) and function well, he should have not be taken away from his responsibilities as long as he is in office and be held fully accountable upon termination of the same. If a captain of a ship is on duty, obviously, the ship is WILL return to port some time and that is when his lack of complete professional presentation should be taken into account.

    August 26, 2008 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  17. Chi4Obama

    Let me guess,
    The "anti Obama" folks on this blog, will attempt to link Kwame Kilpatrick to Barack Obama now....

    August 26, 2008 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  18. Jean

    Kwame should do the responsible thing and resign. If he does not resign he should be fired the cost is to great for the people o Detriot and citizens every where.

    August 26, 2008 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |