Friday, August 18, 2006

Democrat Infighting in Detroit

The mayor's race from 2005 is still ongoing. From the Free Press

The feud between Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick's supporters and opponents remains a festering wound in the Democratic Party that could threaten its ability to deliver a strong voter turnout needed in Detroit to notch wins in statewide November elections.

In the latest volley on Thursday, state Rep. Mary Waters, D-Detroit, accused Kilpatrick of undermining her candidacy for the party's secretary of state nomination in an effort to strengthen the Republican Party's chances of winning offices in the November election.

Waters -- flanked by several candidates for the state Legislature from Detroit -- also said a Kilpatrick appointee told her the Democratic mayor would support the GOP ticket in November; she refused to name the appointee who gave her that information.

I'm not surprised by this. The Democrat primary races in Detroit were important as several Kwame and Freman Hendrix supporters squared off last August. With conventions coming up for both Democrats and Republicans, it's no suprised that all the interests are fighting for their candidate to be the AG and Sec of State nominee.


AuH2ORepublican said...

I think Waters is being very unfair when she criticizes Kwame for supporting a black lawyer from next-door Grosse Pointe over a white judge from far-off Grand Rapids. And what's with that theory that if Williams gets the AG nomination that Waters won't get the SoS nomination? Is the AG vote taken first, and only then is the SoS vote taken? Why don't they just have a secret ballot for all positions simultaneously? And if one has to go first, why wouldn't it be the "more important" (higher in the line of succession) SoS position?

And if the AG vote does go first, does Waters really believe that a majority of Democrat delegates will vote to nominate the supposedly unqualified Williams but then refuse to vote for the supposedly qualified Waters?

If a considerable number of black Detroiters stay home in November, it could certainly result in DeVos and Bouchard getting elected. Since none of the black congressmen or state legislators from Detroit will face competitive general elections, statewide Democrat candidates need to work as hard as ever at turning out black voters from Detroit, and if I were Stabenow or Granholm I would certainly prefer Waters to be on the ballot, but not if her presence will cause Kwame to sit on his hands and not get his people out to vote.

The Dude said...

If you are interested in Detroit politics I recommend you try and catch Tatum Eason's show online.

He comes on after that nitwit Michael Savage.
Unlike the rest of the shows on that station, Tatum is live and local. And sometimes the discussion about what is going on in Detroit is fascinating.

Tatum made a comment about how people in Detroit were willing to vote for a white democrat over a black republican.
The irony of it all is that there are so many people in Detroit who promote the "buy black" concept.