Alleged bagman played cupid role for Kilpatrick, wife

More details are coming out about Kwame Kilpatrick’s groomsman, who allegedly delivered $90,000 in payoffs from Bobby Ferguson to the mayor.

Kilpatrick wrote about Mahlon Clift in his autobiography last year.

“Mahlon Clift, my friend from Chicago, a few days later, and he was flipping through my little book of phone numbers. I kept them all in one place and, while browsing, he saw Carlita’s number.“Man, you ain’t called this girl yet?” he said. “Man, call her!” Like I said, I wasn’t trying to be with a good girl. I was out having fun, so it began to feel like denying the inevitable when, days later, Mahlon and I ended up at a Burger King drive-through where Carlita worked. We ordered a couple of meal deals, but she gave us a whole bunch of Whoppers. Again, Mahlon started pushing me to call her. I finally made the call in my junior year.”

Robert Snell
Robert Snell is the Detroit News federal courts reporter. He can be reached at or (313) 222-2028.