See our Best of Detroit 2020 winners.

Monday, November 26, 2018

Bettie Cook Scott absent from job since calling Asian Senate rival a 'ching-chong'

Posted By on Mon, Nov 26, 2018 at 4:42 PM

click to enlarge Rep. Stephanie Chang, Rep. Bettie Cook Scott. - MICHIGAN HOUSE
  • Michigan House
  • Rep. Stephanie Chang, Rep. Bettie Cook Scott.

Representative Bettie Cook Scott is collecting her paycheck but hasn't been seen in the state House since August, her voting record reveals.

On Aug. 7, Rep. Bettie Cook Scott (D-Detroit) was defeated in the Senate race by Rep. Stephanie Chang (D-Detroit). Shortly after the race, however, accusations were made against Cook Scott for allegedly telling voters outside of the polls, "Don't vote for the ching-chong!"
Although Cook Scott made a formal apology to Chang for the racial slurs, she never resigned from her post. A recent segment by WJBK Fox 2 Detroit shows reporter M.L. Erick following Cook Scott as she makes several errands throughout the city on a day where she should have been present in the state House in Lansing. Since that time, the disgraced politician has been excused from the last eight sessions and has missed 197 votes, resulting in the highest number of absent votes for any legislature in the state House for the 2017-2018 period, according to The Detroit News.

Recently, the House Business Office took over the office of Bettie Cook Scott at the request of Republican House Speaker Tom Leonard, the News reports. This marks the first time that the House Business Office has taken over the office of a legislator that did not resign since 2015. The House Business Office will be responsible for managing Cook Scott's staffers and for answering the needs of residents in Cook Scott's district until the term ends at the end of the year.
The incident of racial slurs wasn't the first time that Cook Scott has been embroiled in controversy. In 2016, Fox 2 Detroit also reported that Cook Scott was living outside of the district she represents. Those allegations, however, have not been investigated by the state House.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

January 20, 2020

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation