Detroit ‘Free Press’, The ‘Detroit News’ Call For Mayor To Step Down

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The city’s major newspapers on Monday called for the resignation of Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick in the interest of what’s good for Detroit after he was charged with perjury and other offenses.

Editorials urging Kilpatrick to quit were posted on the Web sites of the Detroit Free Press and The Detroit News.

The Free Press said: “If Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick loves Detroit as much as he says he does, he has to quit.” The editorial added: “Detroit cannot afford the ugly spectacle of Kilpatrick clinging to office while facing felony charges.”

The News said: “To make things right Kilpatrick should step aside and accept responsibility for his improper conduct in the police whistleblowers scandal.”

The editorial also said: “Now, Detroit suffers the embarrassing distinction of being led by a mayor under charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and misconduct in office.”

Kilpatrick, 37, was charged after a trove of raunchy text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with his chief aide. He says he plans to stay on the job while fighting the charges.

His former chief of staff, Christine Beatty, 37, who also denied under oath that she and Kilpatrick had an intimate relationship in 2002 and 2003, was charged with many of the same offenses.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy began her investigation in late January, the day after the Free Press published excerpts from 14,000 text messages that were sent or received in 2002-03 from Beatty’s city-issued pager.

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