Hanging Tough

I think you've got to respect the tenacity Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick is showing with his decision to hang on as mayor despite a 7-1 City Council vote asking him to resign. At issue is the fact that the mayor seems to have lied under oath to help cover up an affair with a subordinate. But the City Council lacks the authority to remove the mayor, and the governor who it seems does have the authority is disinclined to remove him from office. So now we wait to see if he's subjected to criminal charges by the Wayne County prosecutor's office, because a criminal conviction would get him booted.

Kilpatrick was previously best-known to me for such scandals as charging expensive meals to his city credit card including an $85 bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne in Atlanta and an impressive $456 bill at the Capital Grille here in DC.