I gotta admit, I’m shocked Monica Conyers is doing right by the citizens of Detroit. Flamboyant City Council member Conyers submitted her resignation to the City Clerk:
Effective, Monday July 6, 2009, I hereby resign from my position as Council President Pro-Tempore of the Detroit City Council. My staff will be available until December 31, 2009 to assist in the offices of my colleagues.
Council President Ken Cockrel Jr and other council members were prepared to hired lawyers (I though Council’s lawyers weren’t so sure she was technically forfiet of office until sentenced) to force Conyers out of office, just like when former mayor Kwame Kilpatrick refused to step down until he pleaded guilty to perjory. I’m in awe that Monica, almost as arrogant and self-centered as Kwame, spared the city, it’s citizens, and the region further embarrassment. I’m also happy she took away the opportunity for Attorney General Mike Cox (R) to grandstand by interfering in Detroit just for political traction in his 2010 bid for Governor.
“What happened today was necessary. It was not something that was easy,” Cockrel said. “The next step is for the City Council to really get back to business as usual.” Hold on, there, Ken. With the likes of Martha Reeves and Barara Rose Collins, Council’s idea of business as usual isn’t really the same as most of us. What you really mean is it’s time for Council to get down to the business of taking care of Detroit and its citizens. How about starting with the Cobo Hall regional authority? Let’s keep Detroiters employed and lets keep the North American Auto Show in Motown, for crying out loud!
Apparently there’s a lot more behind the Monica Conyers corruption scandal, but other City Council members are off the hook. And, whatever your feelings toward Mrs. Conyers, you’ve got to respect her not dragging this out any more than it already has. I’m just waiting to see who she fingers in this FBI probe.
Now I’m just waiting to see how many folks vote for her in the fall elections. Apparently, for some stupid reason, Conyers’ name will remain on the August primary ballot.