Kwame Kilpatrick’s mother has to suffer for her son’s wrongdoings:
Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the mother of the imprisoned ex-mayor of Detroit, lost her bid for an eighth term with a Democratic primary defeat Tuesday. The 65-year-old Detroit congresswoman conceded the race to State Sen. Hansen Clarke of Detroit, who had 47 percent of the vote to Kilpatrick’s 41 percent with 56 percent of precincts reporting.
“We did not win the election,” Kilpatrick told supporters at a Detroit hotel early Wednesday. “I will continue to serve and represent, and I wish Mr. Clarke the best.” She is the sixth incumbent lawmaker, and the fourth from the House, to lose this year. Three other House incumbents from Michigan who faced opposition won their primaries Tuesday. “We had a powerful opponent, but it wasn’t a politician and it wasn’t a family,” Clarke said early Wednesday. “For decades, people have run for office in this city to serve themselves, their family members and their friends, and not the people who pay the taxes. That has come to an end.”
Kilpatrick narrowly overcame her son’s legal entanglements with a tight primary win two years ago in the heavily Democratic 13th District. But former Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick’s escalating troubles substantially weakened her standing among voters in the district that includes Detroit and several eastern and southern suburbs.During the race, Kilpatrick expressed concern for her son, but said his travails were a separate issue from her primary fight. She has twice testified before a grand jury but did not attend any of her son’s recent court appearances. “It’s a distraction for (those who bring it up). It’s not for me. It’s a family thing. I’m a mother,” she said.
Kilpatrick faced five opponents in the primary. Aside from Clarke, they were: Crime Stoppers of Michigan President John Broad from Grosse Pointe Farms;Vincent Brown, a former auto dealership sales manager from Garden City; boat yard operator Stephen Hume of Detroit; and Detroit businessman and pastor Glenn Plummer. Businessman John Hauler of Grosse Pointe Woods ran unopposed in the Republican primary, but Clarke is expected to easily win in November. Democrats Barack Obama and John Kerry both earned better than 80 percent of the vote in the district during the last two presidential elections.
Damn, Kwame needs to stick to f*cking up his own life, let alone his mother’s.