Disgraced former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick held court on a variety of subjects on Tuesday night, including his political future, as he promoted his new book. Kilpatrick insists that he is no longer a politician.
“I don’t want to be your leader right now,” Kilpatrick said in front of an estimated 1,100 people at the Citadel of Praise church in northwest Detroit. ” I’m not running for nothing but cover. I’m working on Kwame being Kwame.”
The event, billed as “Real Talk with Kwame Kilpatrick”, was closed to local media cameras and moderated by Rev. Spencer Ellis. Ellis insisted that the interview was not a “pro-Kilpatrick rally”, but as he took the stage at the church, Ellis proclaimed, “he’s still your mayor.”
“My biggest fall (from grace) is what I let happen to my character,” Kilpatrick said. “I thought that ‘Mayor’ was my name.”