Cynical Synapse

Sun, 20 Sep 2009

Kilpatrick Still Dissing Detroit

Filed under: Behavior, Detroit, Duh, Justice, Kwamegate, Legal, People, Rants — cynicalsynapse @ 5:25 pm

Despite his lavish lifestyle, or maybe in spite of it, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick lost his bid to cut restitution payments to the city. Claiming he no longer received advance payments that doubled his salary, Kilpatrick sought to reduce restitution from $6,000 to $3,000 per month.

The former mayor’s legacy is a patchwork of dysfunctionalism, from the Jayne-Laskey Family Fun Center to the Detroit Zoo. Both were places emblazoned with the former mayor’s name. But no more. Today, the zoo is run by the Detroit Zoological Society and the recreation center is closed for renovations.

Kilpatrick’s administration squandered countless opportunities. These included redevelopment deals at the base of the Belle Ilse bridge. And many others, no doubt.

Still, Kwame is doing better than the city he abandoned. He’s living in a gated community outside Dallas, while the city he “would never quit on” struggles with 28.9% unemployment. Nonetheless, Kilpatrick claimed he couldn’t afford his restitution payments.

Today, Kilpatrick lives in a million-dollar house in affluent Southlake, TX. He gets six-figure salary from Compuware subsidiary Covisint. On Thursday, the narcissist was a day late and $3,000 short with his restitution payment. Seems the >Michigan Court of Appeals said pay up anyway. They denied Kilpatrick’s motion reduce his payments “for lack of merit.”

Hard to claim poverty when you’re living in a million-dollar mansion. In a gated community. I’m thinking Detroiters aren’t feeling your pain, Kwame.

UPDATE Sept 23, 2009:

Wayne County prosecutor Kym Worthy filed a motion saying Kilpatrick has violated the terms of his probation. A court date’s been set for October 28th. The Detroit Free Press has the details and Worthy’s motion. And here’s a question: why isn’t Kwame using a lawyer with offices in Detroit?



  1. I don’t know how long it’s gonna take me to stop being mad at Kilpatrick. I was a strong supporter of his for a long time, and believed the man had so much potential and energy. Now I feel like a complete idiot. I just cannot believe what this man did to the city he kept on telling all of us he loved so much.

    As for the restitution payments it’s obvious he still believes he’s king and should be treated as such. The reason he can’t afford the payments is because he’s living beyond the means of his punishment. He refuses to accept the penalty for what he did. I’m glad the judge is holding firm.

    Comment by teamowens313 — Tue, 22 Sep 2009 @ 10:10 am

    • Wow, you summed it up precisely for me, too. He had such enthusiasm and great, positive ideas at the start of his first term. By the next election, though, I wasn’t so sure any more. And then his house of cards came tumbling down.

      On a positive note, Kwamegate also put the dysfunctional city council on front street. Monica Conyers is out-a-there and the other crazies aren’t running or don’t have the support they once enjoyed.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Tue, 22 Sep 2009 @ 6:16 pm

      • Yeah, I definitely think you’re right about the much-needed focus on City Council. Would not have happened without the Kwame scandal, and without a complete overhaul we will never get the change we need.

        Sometimes you really do have to hit rock bottom before you have enough sense to look up.

        Comment by teamowens313 — Tue, 22 Sep 2009 @ 6:51 pm

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