Former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick hit the airwaves last week, where he talked with the Tom Joyner Morning Show Crew about the road to redemption. Kilpatrick pled guilty in 2008 to felony obstruction charges, and ultimately ended up serving 99 days of a four month sentence for lying under oath about having an affair with his chief of staff, Christine Beatty. The former mayor gave a similar interview in Dallas, where he now resides, a few days prior to the talk with nationally syndicated morning show Joyner hosts along with his on-air sidekicks Sybil Wilkes and J. Anthony Brown.
Kilpatrick had a smooth, well-rehearsed answer for practically every question Joyner asked. In a lot of ways, Kilpatrick’s proselytizing seemed more like the kind of request for forgiveness prominent ministers put to their parishoners after they have succumbed to moral or ethical lapses in judgment.
KILPATRICK: I owe the city about $850,000now, I paid about-
JOYNER: You have to come up with that on May 25th?
KILPATRICK: It’s no way I could come up with $850,000, they asked me for $300,000 in 90 days, I couldn’t pay it, and that’s why I’m going back, but-
JOYNER: So you’re going back to jail?
KILPATRICK: I paid $145,0000 in one year, Tom.
JOYNER: But you’re going back to jail?
KILPATRICK: I, I don’t think that jail is even in the conversation. I think that’s something that has been a campaign from the Detroit media and politics, but the judge only knows what’s going to happen on the 25th. I hope he allows me to be with my family, and continue to work.
From Kwame Kilpatrick interview Tom Joyner Morning Show
It appears that the disgraced former mayor has begun campaigning again, although this time, he’s not running for office. This is a media campaign, complete with a Friends of Kwame website, that is designed to build public sympathy in advance of the latest probation hearing Kilpatrick has been summoned to attend. The hearing will focus on the former mayor’s failure to pay back the $1 million in restitution, according to the court ordered schedule that was a condition of his probation. According to Black America Web, “he returns to a Detroit courtroom on May 25 to learn whether a judge will send him back to jail for failing to meet some of the terms of his probation agreement, including failing to disclose and turnover his tax refunds, money from political groups and gifts from wealthy Michigan associates.”