Former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Flies South

February 3, 2009

Let's be honest: 2008 was not Detroit's best year.

Granted, it wasn't a great year for anyone--bankers, Galvestonians, Republicans, Eliot Spitzer, polar bears, whatsername Hasselbeck--but it was especially bad for Detroit. Not only did folks in the Motor City see their hometown industry crumble and beg for support from the feds, but they had to grin and bear it with philandering mayor Kwame Kilpatrick at the wheel. (If you've forgotten about Kilpatrick's steamy SMS-enabled sex chats with his chief of staff--yes, chief of staff--there are some slightly redacted, mildly NSFW transcripts here.)

Today, Detroit residents can put at least one of those problems behind them: Kwame Kilpatrick was released from jail amid a flurry of flashbulbs and a crush of reporters, onlookers, and Kilpatrick's own Prince and the Revolution-size entourage. After being sprung, Kilpatrick went first to see his mommy, then hopped a plane to Texas, where he's being interviewed by an unnamed potential employer. (We have our suspicions, but the Best Little Whorehouse wouldn't return our calls.)

Speaking on behalf of hiz-former-honor, Kilpatrick's lawyer, "prolific litigant" Willie Gary, told the press, "He said this has been an experience he'll never forget, and he thinks because of it, he'll be a better person." Which is the sort of thing we'd expect to hear about someone who just finished rehab or lost an Oscar bid, not a guy serving four months for assault and obstruction of justice.

[source: DetNews]

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