March 19, 2008

Detroit council wants mayor out


USATODAY.com
The Detroit City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday to call for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's resignation as Kilpatrick seeks to survive a text-messaging scandal that revealed an affair with a former top aide.

The resolution is non-binding, and Kilpatrick has dismissed it as irrelevant and vowed not to resign.

A last-minute change to the resolution struck language calling for the City Council's independent attorney, Bill Goodman, to "explore the proceedings by which the mayor may be removed from office" if Kilpatrick stands by his promise to stay in office.

The resolution cites 33 reasons for Kilpatrick to quit, including failing to inform the council of a secret deal the mayor made to settle a whistle-blower lawsuit that could have exposed the affair.


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