Video: Detroit’s Political Crisis Continues with Open Fight in the City Council

Detroit is embroiled in a new political controversy in a rather spectacular confrontation between President Pro Tem Monica Conyers and President Kenneth Cockrel in the city council. As previously discussed here. Monica Conyers, wife of U.S. Rep. (and House Judiciary Chairman) John Conyers, has been accused of assault in Detroit. She is now being accused of disrupting a meeting of the city council in the video below. Cockrel brought the gravel down on the meeting in an angry verbal battle with Conyers.

The allegations of assault were filed by a member of the City of Detroit’s pension board, DeDan Milton, a staffer for Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, here.

The new controversy will likely fuel the problems in Detroit for Monica Conyers. It also comes at a time of obvious crisis for the city over leadership in the wake of the Kilpatrick matter, here.
For the video, click here.

6 thoughts on “Video: Detroit’s Political Crisis Continues with Open Fight in the City Council”

  1. Niblet:

    Shocking to admit, but I have some sympathy for your point of view here and only in part. That was a disgraceful display by Ms. Conyers, and it had all the charm of a street fight. Public officials have a duty to avoid getting into the gutter when they disagree,and they should be admonished for these kinds of displays. I also agree with the proposition that we get the government we deserve (as opposed to the one we want) when we continue to elect people with no respect for dissent and without the common decency to let the other person speak. I do like Olbermann though and respectfully disagree with you on that.

  2. John Conyer’s wife is as much a lunatic as he is. She is an apparent drunk & brawler.

    Do you think Keith Olbermann will do a segment on which congressional district in America has the largest constituency of Muslims in America – that would be John Conyer’s district. Wouldn’t that be newsworthy? Just what has John Conyers given away, promised, or put on the agenda for their support?

    Don’t ya think that would be newsworthy for bathtub boy Keith Olbermann.

  3. I do have a hard time understanding voting against your own economic interests. I read a book called Maxed Out. The author said many people (it was at least 40%) believe they will win the lottery and become rich that way. That people believe such a thing is a one more testament to a poor educational system.

    Being weathly without regard for others is promoted by every class. I am not certain what it will take for rich and poor alike to realize we cannot sustain a society that only works for a select few.

    I see attitudes starting to change here as hard times are “in your face” in ways they aren’t elsewhere. I am hoping that people of good will, no matter what their class, will realize we must pull together to make this society work!

    And as I said to D.W. I’m planning on coming back on a different planet next time!!!

  4. Jill:

    These are tough economic times and especially where you live. It always amazes me that hard working blue collar types gravitate to the conservative cause when all they get for their loyalty is less jobs, less money, and platitudes about pulling yourself up by your boot straps which never applies to most conservatives who are very content living off of their trust funds, or an inheritance. Do you think the sheep will ever look up?

  5. I don’t live that far from Detroit. Tempers are running hot there due to the economy and the lawsuit. Michigan food banks are out of food. Local businesses are just folding. It is very scary for most people in this whole area.

    Both Michigan and Ohio are trying to invest in alternative energy to put jobs back in our economies. Michigan is ahead in this way because they already started working to connect alternative generated energy, especially wind, to the grid. Ohio does not have that connection network in place yet.

    The level of economic distress here is just incredible. I cannot believe that so many of our citizens don’t have food, have had their power shut off and their homes forclosed.

    I think the alternative energy idea is a good one. It keeps jobs local, is an export technology and (depending on which you use) will help with the environment.

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