POLITICS & PREJUDICES
Mackinac Island Follies
Published: June 5, 2013
State Rep. Fred Durhal, also known as a somewhat-owned subsidiary of Matty Moroun, and former state Rep. Lisa Howze rounded out the field. Tom Barrow, who has run and lost frequently, was off firing yet another futile lawsuit.
Krystal Crittendon, the fired former city corporation counsel, was said to be visiting her home planet.
My thought up till now has been that Napoleon, a likable, charismatic lifelong Detroiter, was the odds-on favorite. Detroiters were not likely, I reasoned, to pick a white machine politician who moved into Detroit to run for mayor.
However, I am now not so sure. Duggan delivered the best performance by far in this debate; Napoleon the worst. Duggan may have raised an eyebrow or two with his somewhat convoluted defense of his tenure at the Detroit Medical Center.
But overall, he came across as a confident man who projected a can-do attitude. Napoleon, on the other hand, came across like a somewhat hazy Johnny-one-note, whose only issue seemed to be crime. He has ideas worth considering there, and nobody doubts the need to get more cops on the street.
Yet there’s a hell of a lot more to being mayor of the most troubled big city in America, and Benny didn’t offer much.
Durhal possibly talked more than any of the others, but said nothing worth remembering for two minutes. Possibly the biggest disappointment was Howze, who was tough, aggressive and touted her CPA credentials. But she took herself out of the state of reality when she claimed Detroit didn’t need an emergency manager because the only real worry was the $2 billion in pension liabilities coming due soon.
As if the city can even handle that.
Napoleon may have just had a bad outing and there are plenty of hard questions to be asked about Duggan, past and present. But at Mackinac Island, he was the only one who looked anything like a potentially successful mayor.
Jack Lessenberry opines weekly for Metro Times. Send comments to email@example.com.
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