Detroit Mayor's Blunders Hurt Mom's Reelection Chances

Democratic foes using tough tactics to unseat US Rep. Cheeks Kilpatrick
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 11, 2008 8:00 AM CDT
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y. greets Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, D-Mich., as she arrives to deliver remarks to the Congressional Black Caucus on Sept. 28, 2007.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – She’s a popular 11-year incumbent with a $500,000 war chest facing two cash-strapped two opponents, but Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick still faces a challenge in defending her House seat, the Detroit Free Press reports. Why? Her son is Kwame Kilpatrick, the Detroit mayor recently charged with perjury in a highly public scandal involving an affair with his chief of staff.

Already, rivals have constructed ads juxtaposing Cheeks Kilpatrick’s public shows of support for her son with lists of his misdeeds. But for all their political ammunition, the challengers will have to find money to make the criticisms stick and unseat the head of the Congressional Black Caucus in the Aug. 5 primary.