Cynical Synapse

Thu, 13 May 2010

Indicted Waters Runs for MI Senate

Filed under: Detroit, Government, Legal, Michigan, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 10:41 pm

Mary Waters

Are you kidding me? Former state Rep. Mary Waters is running for a Michigan Senate seat. She says “charges don’t mean you’re guilty.” Still, Waters faces Federal corruption charges over allegations of bribes to a Southfield councilman over a pawn shop’s rezoning efforts.

In case that’s not bad enough, Waters says she’s broke and wants taxpayers to defend her by providing a court-appointed attorney in her Federal trial. Nonetheless, a former Federal prosecutor representing Waters filed a motion in to dismiss Waters’ charges. In Wednesday’s motion in US District Court in Detroit, Richard Convertino said:

As fruits of the poisonous tree, it is clear that without these illegal wiretaps, the government would not have had any evidence from which to derive …. the purported bribe(s) of Southfield City Councilman William Lattimore.

Rick Convertino and Mary Waters

Sounds like a technicality to me. And if she’s broke, who’s paying for Convertino? I’ll bet he’s not cheap. Not to mention, how will she finance a campaign if she’s broke and has legal expenses?

Finances aside, how dumb does Mary Waters think voters are? She’s facing corruption charges and her co-defendant, Sam Riddle was convicted last week of felonious assault against Waters!

It’s not illegal for Waters to run for a Michigan Senate seat since she’s not been convicted. As Waters sees it, “Since I am a former legislator, this is an opportunity to go back into public service.”

Sam Riddle, Mary Waters campaigning

From my perspective, I can’t believe Mary Waters doesn’t see how she’s exactly the antithesis of what Detroit needs right now. The city—and region—must have leaders committed to its future.

Waters doesn’t pass that litmus test. Her actions prove she’s only interested in what she can do to benefit herself. Never mind


  1. You gotta love stories like this…

    Comment by slamdunk — Thu, 13 May 2010 @ 11:02 pm

  2. Ok, so in our legal system, someone is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty. I got that. However —

    If you do the research on her you will find that there is plenty of reason to believe she is guilty. People involved (and indicted and practically admitting to their guilt) with her have offered compelling reason to believe she is guilty.

    Waters has only followed a long line of political corruption rules. If the $6,000 Rolex she received was from someone who benefited from one of her decisions, it is a bribe. On the other hand, our society seems to condone that today saying ‘it’s such a little thing’. But a crime is a crime. And if Waters will accept a Rolex, she’ll accept something bigger. With the politicians of today, their greed and corruption is an on-going metamorphoses.

    Comment by The Old Man — Sat, 15 May 2010 @ 8:51 am

  3. @slamdunk: Thanks for stopping by.

    @The Old Man: I agree with you 100%. Moreover, Waters is saying Detroit’s voters are stupid and want their elected officials to be self-centered, greedy, and immoral. Perhaps Waters missed Dave Bing’s two elections to mayor.

    Comment by cynicalsynapse — Sat, 15 May 2010 @ 11:37 am

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