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Friday, June 27, 2008

MI: Detroit mayor's troubles could affect mom's primary chances

9:59 AM

CQ Politics today listed Michigan's 13th Congressional District as one of eight districts nationwide where an incumbent could face a challenging primary situation in the Aug. 5 election.

The story reports that six-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, mother of controversial Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, is facing a "serious primary challenge" from state Sen. Martha Scott and former state Rep. Mary Waters.

From the story:
Waters in particular is seeking to hold the House incumbent accountable for the mayor's behavior, arguing that Kilpatrick's unflagging defense of her son indicates bad priorities. "Sorry, congresswoman, but we deserve much better than 'ya'll boy,'" the Waters campaign said in an Internet ad, echoing a quote from Kilpatrick about her son.

The primary is effectively the only contest in the black-majority 13th, which gave 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry 80 percent of its votes.


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