Cynical Synapse

Sun, 23 May 2010

The Incredibly Arrogant Mr. Cox

Filed under: Behavior, Detroit, Government, Governor, Kwamegate, Michigan, Politics — cynicalsynapse @ 9:06 pm

Mike Cox

People in Michigan know Mike Cox is a Republican candidate for governor. Cox currently serves as the state’s Attorney General. Does that job qualify him to be governor? Well, it’s the gig Jennifer Granholm had before she became governor. It’s no secret how she fared.

As for Cox, he’s a love him or hate him kind of guy. His 2006 opponent, Amos Williams, characterizes Cox as “too aggressive, a bully”, and an opportunist. Funny—opportunist is the word that comes to my mind, too.

Rev. Al Sharpton delivers eulogy

Why, on earth, would Cox feel a need to say anything publicly about Rev. Al Sharpton giving the eulogy at Aiyana Stanley-Jones’ funeral Saturday? Saying he was “disgusted but not surprised,” Cox characterized Sharpton as someone who “parachutes in to get his name in the paper,” then leaves after creating “a worse racial divide than existed before.” While I don’t disagree with Cox on this one, I also find myself uncharacteristically siding with Rev. Sharpton. He said, “For [Cox] to play politics and try to get votes off the deaths of two young people speaks more of him than it does me.” Reminds me of Hoekstra using the Christmas Day terror attempt for fundraising.

Taking his chances with Detroit voters, who are largely Democrats and African-American, Cox is more direct than just his remarks about Sharpton. In April, Cox appealed the ruling against DPS Emergency Financial Manager Robert Bobb. The judge’s ruling stemmed from the Detroit School Board lawsuit alleging Bobb exceeded his authority. Cox is clearly betting on out-state voters by pandering to Granholm’s appointed financial manager. At the same time, Cox is telling Detroit voters they don’t matter by taking a stand against their elected School Board. The Board’s lawsuit claims Bobb is interfering in non-financial matters of the District and that he has no business meddling in academics.

Manoogian Mansion and slain stripper Tamara Greene

Cox has been plagued by what he called “an urban legend”, the rumored 2002 wild party at the Manoogian Mansion, official residence of Detroit’s Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick. The murder, some months later, of stripper Tamara “Strawberry” Green is tied to the party at which she allegedly dance. Following Attorney General and Michigan State Police investigations in 2003, Cox said there’s no evidence of the party. Now, a retired Detroit Police dispatcher has testified the party happened and heard that Mike Cox attended. Cox is not helped when folks like Michigan State Police investigator Mark Krebs testified Cox interfered with the investigation into the party. So, the rumors persist and many believe Cox is involved in a cover-up.

Mike Cox also broke trust with his wife. The AG was involved in an affair in 2005, but the couple stayed married. While people make mistakes, his violation of private trust does call into question Cox’s commitment to the public trust.

Ironically, Michigan’s top law enforcement officer had more illegaly posted Cox campaign signs along Michigan highways in the days preceeding last year’s Republican summit on Mackinaw Island. I know Cox didn’t plant them, but his campaign did, and he’s responsible for his campaign. Never mind the cost to the taxpayers for state police and road workers to remove them.

Mike Cox and asian carp

True to his smugness, Cox has started running attack ads on his Republican primary rivals. In one of those, Cox’s ad features a man who plans to vote for Rick Snyder, a Republican primary rival. The unwilling extra, Derek Moss, wants to be removed from the ads. He said, “I find it appalling [Cox] is using my image in a shameful attack ad on another opponent.”

Other examples of opportunistic grandstanding by Mike Cox abound. Consider his lawsuit against the health care reform law. How much did that cost the citizens of cash-strapped Michigan? And what will that do for them before the law takes effect in 2014, long after this fall’s election? Then there’s the periodic forays in the news with Cox joining other Great Lakes AGs on the asian carp issue. That might make sense for Michigan, but Cox is playing to to political advantage.

When taken together, it seems pretty obvious that Cox plays to special interests and is out to make Mike Cox look good. Michigan doesn’t need a media governor or one that likes to grandstand. Michigan needs a governor that can lead, make tough and fair choices, and get the job done. Mike Cox falls a little short.

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  1. Sounds to me like he will fit right in with most of the other politicains around the country….AG the top law man in the State and he feels he is not only the law but also above the law. Thats is clear if in fact he interferred with a police investigation and if you take into account his extra marital habits, quit possibly he had something to hide about that party he was trying to cover up. Sounds to me like he was trying to keep his name off the sex offender regristry…
    Yep he sounds like a real winner that the people should have running there State…but then again if the people of Michigan are tired of politics like usual they should run this guy out of the State… not run him for Governor.

    Comment by greg55 — Sun, 23 May 2010 @ 10:42 pm

    • Thanks for stopping by greg55. You’ll be happy to know he’s not at the top of the polls. And he and Oakland Co. Sheriff Mike Bouchard had other commitments preventing them from participating in Monday’s Republican gubernatorial candidate debate.

      Comment by cynicalsynapse — Thu, 27 May 2010 @ 7:21 pm

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