The Wayne County Executive has got to go and an immediate resignation is the path that he should choose. However, hubris and ego will never let that be the case. As more and more is revealed about what has happened under his leadership, I am surprised that the same people that lined up calling for the former mayor to step aside are so silent on this issue.
I read a statement recently calling the former mayor of Detroit a cancer and to rid one of cancer, you have to cut it out. Well, that same thought process is a view by me that should apply to the current Wayne County Executive. It is shameful that we have a democratic process in place in this country where we can hold people accountable, but the electorate oftentimes choose to turn a blind eye. We cannot always place blame at the foot of politicians for their perceived malfeasance if we return them back to office by way of an election. However, with what is going on at the top of the Wayne County Executive’s office, waiting for the next election to fire the guy is unconscionable. With his signature being on these alleged severance packages and what it is costing the taxpayers, he should be ashamed of himself for the lack of accountability and respect he has shown the electorate of Wayne County. And this is a guy that earned a whopping 73% of the electorate’s trust back in 2010.
The events surrounding Turkia Mullin are interesting to say the least, but if half of what his former top aide is saying is true, the actions of the Wayne County Executive pales in comparison to the former mayor of Detroit shortcomings. In the last cycle of elections to cast a vote for Robert Ficano, I cast a vote for his competition in protest because there is just something about the guy that just does not rub me the right way. His using social media like Facebook to attack the credibility of others reporting on him is just simply an outrageous act of a coward.
I am hoping that he will do the right thing and resign before letting his ego rule the day for him. Through all of the mess that has been reported thus far, I salute Laura Cox for standing tall and asking the right questions. It is also my hope that Ms. Cox will step up to the plate and throw her hat into the ring by getting her name on the ballot in 2014 to replace the current Wayne County Executive. He has shown that his leadership is questionable at best and the scandals have certainly put his character into question.