Pulitzer Prize Winners Who Brought Down Detroit Mayor Publish Book of His Famous and Infamous Quotes
When former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who is the target of an FBI bribery investigation, was re-elected in 2005 in a miraculous comeback, he told his followers, “Some y’all just crazy.”
When he came to visit the Detroit Free Press years before his text-message scandal, he said to city hall reporter M.L. Elrick, “Boy, I’d really like to hit you.”
Well, Elrick, along with fellow reporter Jim Schaefer, ended up delivering the knockout punch to Kilpatrick. They got hold of thousands of his text messages on his pager — some worthy of Hustler magazine — that he had sent to his chief of staff and lover, Christine Beatty. The rest is history — including a Pulitzer Prize for Elrick and Schaefer and a book of Kilpatrick’s quotes that’s selling well enough to spark talk about a sequel.
The messages showed Kilpatrick had perjured himself in a whistle-blower lawsuit filed by two ex-cops.
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