Mind you, I do not follow Detroit politics. I’m not that much of a masochist. But I work with someone who is a Michigan native and who keeps me informed about the goings on in the Motor City.
Thus came the news into my email box that the former head of the city council, Ken Cockrel, was today sworn in as mayor, taking over from Kwame Kilpatrick who, as you recall, is going to jail in the wake of the “sex and text” scandal.
Cockrel became something of a minor celebrity earlier in the year when he was called “Shrek” by Monica Conyers, wife of House Judiciary Committee Chairman John Conyers (D-MI), during a city council meeting. Check out this hilarious video report by the Detroit News. Be sure to watch the entire thing to see how Conyers handles a group of schoolchildren with questions about her behavior. The second schoolgirl in particular does a stellar job in skewering Conyers' lame excuses. The conclusion is inescapable: that schoolgirl, and not Monica Conyers, should be on the city council.
One thing is clear – Cockrel has an impossible job ahead of him.