The Mayor of Detroit has been charged with perjury. The AssociatedPress covers the story:
Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, a one-time rising star and Detroit’s youngest elected leader, was charged Monday with perjury and other counts after sexually explicit text messages contradicted his sworn denials of an affair with a top aide.
The AP tells us a lot about the “popular yet polarizing 37-year-old mayor,” yet, in a 19-paragraph story, it never gets around to mentioning what political party he belongs to. So let’s fill that gap by referring to Kilpatrick’s Wikipedia entry:
Kilpatrick briefly addressed the 2004 Democratic National Convention. He is currently Vice President of the National Conference of Democratic Mayors and its representative to the Democratic National Committee. Kilpatrick served as the leader of the Democratic Caucus when elected to the Michigan State House of Representatives, making him the first African American to hold a leadership position in the Michigan Legislature.
Kilpatrick has been in the news as one of the superdelegates who will select the Democratic Party’s nominee this year.
If only the AP had been similarly reticent about Mark Foley!
UPDATE: The AP has now revised its story. Among other things, it added a description of Kilpatrick as a “‘Hip-Hop Mayor’ who brought youth and vitality to the job.” Buried in the story’s fifth paragraph is this acknowledgement of the Mayor’s party, added, most likely, as a result of our post:
“Some have suggested that the issues in this case are personal or private,” said Worthy, a Democrat like the mayor.
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