The best passages in today’s Detroit News story about disgraced former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who now lives in Southlake and works in Downtown Dallas:
Beneath the mansion’s arched brick entryway, two imposing oak doors tower over a gold-colored welcome mat bearing a script letter “K.” The doorbell chimes an elegant melody. Seconds later, a familiar baritone calls out from behind the portside door’s peephole:
“Can I help you?”
“Yeah?” His tone is suspicious.
“I’m with The Detroit News. I’d like to –”
“Uh-uh. You need to leave.” …
“Isn’t there anything you’d like to say to the people of Detroit?”
There was a pause.
“Kwame Kilpatrick isn’t here,” said the voice.
“No. He’s out of town. I don’t know when he’s coming back.”
And then the reporter makes the understatement of the year:
The differences between Detroit and Kilpatrick’s adopted city are stark.
A neighbor says Kilpatrick has “fit right in.”