So here’s what Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick would have us believe: That he held a fundraiser at the home of one of his department heads, a function he personally attended, yet he has absolutely no idea how many people were there, and is completely clueless as to how much cash was hauled in.
Mayoral spokesman Howard Hughey says that it’s presumptuous to expect the mayor would or should know such things.
Give us a break.
Here’s what we can tell you:
Kilpatrick held a fundraiser Friday night at the Orchard Lake home of Victor Mercado, chief utilities officer for the city. Folks driving expensive luxury vehicles poured into the shindig. Cadillacs, BMWs, Mercedes — that sort of crowd.
News Hits counted between 30 and 40 people interested in perpetuating, ahem, good government.
There was also the mayor and his entourage, which included at least five bodyguards — two spent the evening patrolling the neighborhood in unmarked police vehicles while Kilpatrick was inside the house, ensuring that the big guy wouldn’t get molested on the mean streets of Orchard Lake. (For the record, KK informed us the guards weren’t pulling overtime.)
We’re told by a source that attendees were primarily city contractors. We’re also told that cost to attend was $5,000 — but since that exceeds campaign finance limits, we must’ve been misinformed (wink, wink).
At this point, our readers may be asking, so what’s the problem? The mayor had a fundraiser. Big deal. Everyone has fundraisers. Sure, he’s being a little secretive about it, but, hey. He’s a politician.
But the attendees were just as mum as Kwame. In fact, some of the partygoers seemed downright allergic to the press. Everyone we stopped refused to talk to News Hits. One man refused to acknowledge he was there for a fundraiser. None would give their names to us. So, we ask you, “What are they trying to hide?”
Kilpatrick didn’t deny that some attendees of the fundraiser were contractors who may have lucrative contracts with the city.
That doesn’t matter, Kilpatrick says. Just because they’re making financial contributions to his campaign doesn’t mean they’ll get any special favors down the road.
“There never will be any quid pro quo,” Kilpatrick assures.
Just lots and lots of quid.Send comments to [email protected]